White Ribbon ride to spread message
Riders taking a stand against violence will converge on Taumarunui to share their kaupapa with the community.
The White Ribbon Ride will be held at Taumarunui Primary School on Saturday, November 18 starting at 2pm.
Everyone is encouraged to come out and support White Ribbon day by bringing along a plastic bag.
The bags will be tied together to form a large white ribbon and a community photo will be taken by a drone.
Up to 50 bikers will be escorted by Police into town riding a circuit with local Ulysses riders down Hakiaha St, River Rd, Katarina St and back onto Hakiaha St, towards the school.
Organiser, Hiraina Tarawa said it was important for the community to continue the conversation, that violence is not ok.
‘‘I think it starts the conversation amongst whanau and the community about how we interact with each other, how we react to each other and how best we do that in a loving manner and even just to question ourselves how do we communicate together.’’
An invitation has been extended to anyone who is interested in hiring a stall, at a cost of $5.They can contact REAP.
Money raised from the community barbecue and stalls will be donated to White Ribbon.
The riders will stay overnight at Morero Marae and served dinner at the War Memorial Hall.
‘‘It’s going to be a nice, lighthearted event for the community, a whanau day where we can all come together but to acknowledge the kaupapa of the day as well and to continue those conversations.’’
Family Violence co-ordinator, Gabrielle Quirke has been working with families in the district for 12 years.
She said there were 570 reported incidents last year and they worked closely with recurring cases.
‘‘You always hear about the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, hopefully we’re moving up a little bit further.’’
Quirke said there are success stories and people can turn their lives around.
‘‘No problem’s too big and if people are being honest about it then we can get them the right help, there’s no point putting a Band-aid on what might be a broken leg.’’
Anyone needing help can contact the Taumarunui Police and ask to be put through to the team on 8958119.