Against vi­o­lence

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The White Rib­bon Rid­ers made a lot of noise in the Porirua basin last week – and rightly so.

The con­voy of mo­tor­cy­clists vis­ited 80 towns across the coun­try in nine days, cul­mi­nat­ing in White Rib­bon Day on Sun­day, an ini­tia­tive that aims to stop vi­o­lence to­wards women.

‘‘We know that men want to live non­vi­o­lent lives, but some­times they need to be shown how,’’ said White Rib­bon Rider Aaron Mor­ri­son. ‘‘ We hope to talk di­rectly to those men who want to stand up and lead a move­ment of nonvi­o­lence.’’

The mo­tor­cy­clists vis­ited Lin­den School and St Fran­cis Xavier School in Tawa on Mon­day, Novem­ber 19, be­fore be­ing wel­comed by Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett un­der the canopies.

Lin­den’s prin­ci­pal, Chris­tine Brown, said the leather-bound rid­ers and their loud machines made an im­me­di­ate im­pact when they ar­rived at the school.

‘‘It was so loud when they came in, all the kids ran out of the class­rooms to meet them and see th­ese beau­ti­ful bikes. The mes­sage they are spread­ing is im­por­tant and our teach­ers will lead very good dis­cus­sions in class.’’

Mr Leggett said he was proud he had led a White Rib­bon Coun­cil, and the points be­ing made, about the ef­fect vi­o­lence in the home could have on so­ci­ety, needed to be re­in­forced fre­quently.

On Tues­day last week, Maraeroa Marae hosted a men’s break­fast, with more than 100 at­tend­ing.

The Fam­i­lies Com­mis­sion’s White Rib­bon cam­paign man­ager, Rob McCann, said the ef­fects of non-phys­i­cal vi­o­lence also needed to be talked about.

‘‘Non-phys­i­cal vi­o­lence can leave scars which no one can see, and that af­fects your whole per­son­al­ity. Women will tell you that bruises and bones heal while the ef­fects of fear can last a life­time.

‘‘We want men to un­der­stand how dev­as­tat­ing non-phys­i­cal vi­o­lence can be and en­sure they do not re­main silent when wit­ness­ing such be­hav­iour.’’

The Rid­ers are led by the Pa­tri­ots De­fence Force Mo­tor­cy­cle Club – made up of former and cur­rent armed ser­vices mem­bers – and anti- vi­o­lence cam­paign­ers, Te Ahi Kikoha.

Loud visit: Mem­bers of the White Rib­bon Rid­ers with Lin­den School prin­ci­pal Chris­tine Brown and some of her stu­dents dur­ing the mo­tor­cy­clists’ visit last week.

Big bikes: Porirua’s CBD re­tail­ers and pedes­tri­ans had not likely seen bikes as mag­nif­i­cent as this, as the rid­ers stopped off to re­lay their anti-vi­o­lence mes­sage.

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