Step­ping into her shoes

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

Men have shown they are not afraid to try on red, frilly, and even knee-high heels to high­light the issue of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Some of Palmer­ston North’s most prom­i­nent men were chal­lenged to ‘‘walk a mile in her shoes’’ – and they did more than that.

Politi­cians, city coun­cil­lors and mil­i­tary per­son­nel donned high heels and raced around an obstacle course in The Square.

The high heel dash was part of White Ribbon events held to raise aware­ness of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

The White Ribbon ride – a week-long mo­tor­cy­cle tour – be­gan on Thurs­day, ar­riv­ing in Palmer­ston North over the week­end.

In teams, the men raced through the course, tasked with pick­ing up a soft toy and bal­anc­ing a tray of drinks as they rushed around in their new footwear.

City coun­cil­lor Vaughan Den­ni­son stole the show with a pair of black high-heeled boots.

Palmer­ston North mayor Grant Smith donned his own pair of red heels and raced through, while Palmer­ston North MP Iain Lees-Gal­loway brought out his pair of heels from last year’s race.

He praised or­gan­i­sa­tions like Woman’s Refuge, which he said worked hard with min­i­mal re­sources.

‘‘We have to sup­port this mes­sage, that is our job.’’

Manawatu Abuse In­ter­ven­tion Net­work co-or­di­na­tor Gail Wood said though it was a fun event, it came with an im­por­tant mes­sage.

White Ribbon lead rider Taku­rua Taw­era said re­main­ing silent con­demned ev­ery­one.

‘‘We have to sup­port this mes­sage, that is our job’’ Iain Lees-Gal­loway

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Iain Lees-Gal­loway, Jono Nay­lor, Vaughan Den­ni­son, Brent Bar­rett and Grant Smith donned heels.

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