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