Riders’ anti-violence message spreading
Convoys of White Ribbon motorcycle riders were seen around New Zealand last week as part of White Ribbon Month.
The White Ribbon Ride is one of the most exciting initiatives tackling this country’s crippling domestic violence record, the riders visiting schools and attending functions across the country to bring their anti-violence message.
The week-long motorcycle tour happens every November — White Ribbon Month — and is designed as a powerful and inspirational voyage for all involved.
A lead group of riders steer convoys through towns throughout New Zealand, picking up support riders in every region along the way.
The North Island Hauraki ride went from Hamilton to Rotorua, with a presentation to Te Awamutu Intermediate School on Day 2.
The following day, while relieving at NZME sister community newspaper Taupo¯ and Tu¯ rangi Weekender, editor Dean Taylor caught up with the ride at Taupo¯’s Tauhara College, where it was the region’s turn to experience this powerful presentation, lead by Aaron Morrison.
He introduced his ‘class of 2018’ to the students and engaged with the youngsters to bring their message on how they can be respectful and have healthy relationships.
Violence destroys families, sets children on a destructive journey and affects one in three women.
Aaron looked directly to the young men and told them it was their job to step up and learn to be good leaders without resorting to bullying or violence.
Rider Tony Brooking spoke about the class of 2018, saying everyone had a background.
“We’ve all made a mistake,” he said.
“We’re here today to fix it.”
The White Ribbon Ride was just one of a number of initiatives communities put in place to emphasise the It’s Not OK message as New Zealand looks to tackle its poor record of domestic violence and bullying.
In Waipa¯, residents showed their support by heading along to White Ribbon displays outside Te Awamutu Community Link/WINZ and Cambridge Paper Plus on Friday.
From 10am to 3pm people enjoyed free sausages, chatted with supportive people and donned white ribbons.
Editor Dean Taylor relieved as editor of NZME’s sister community newspaper Taupo¯ and Tu¯ rangi Weekender last week and caught up with the White Ribbon Ride when a team visited Tauhara College. Pictured is leader Aaron Morrison introducing his ‘class of 18’ to the students.
Te Awamutu police drum up some support at Friday’s White Ribbon display outside Te Awamutu Community Link/WINZ.