White Rib­bon Riders rolling into Te Puke

Te Puke Times - - News - By STU­ART WHI­TAKER [email protected]­times.co.nz

A con­voy of mo­tor­cy­cles was to pass through Te Puke on Satur­day — but now it will stop for a visit.

The White Rib­bon Ride from Hamil­ton to Ro­torua via Napier and Gis­borne — one of three tak­ing place across New Zealand this week — was to travel through Te Puke. When Te Puke It’s Not OK cam­paign team heard, they con­tacted the or­gan­is­ers of the ride and sug­gested a Te Puke stop. The stop fol­lows a visit by the mo­tor­cy­clists on the 2016 White Rib­bon Ride.

The bikes are due to ar­rive around 12.50pm spend­ing time in the area be­hind Street 2 Surf, the Na­tional Party elec­torate of­fice and Te Puke Florists.

There will be a sausage siz­zle and drinks and a chance to hear from some of those on the ride.

The White Rib­bon Ride hap­pens ev­ery Novem­ber to co­in­cide with White Rib­bon month which is has the goal of in­creas­ing aware­ness of and re­duc­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“We cur­rently have the high­est rate of re­ported vi­o­lence to­wards women in the de­vel­oped world while our front line po­lice of­fi­cers spend 41 per cent of their time re­spond­ing to fam­ily vi­o­lence,” says White Rib­bon’s man­ager Rob Mccann.

“It’s time for men to get off the side-lines and play a role in vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion.”

This Novem­ber White Rib­bon is ask­ing men to ‘stand up’ by tak­ing the on­line pledge and com­mit­ting to lis­ten, re­flect, al­ter their be­hav­iour, talk to oth­ers and dis­rupt neg­a­tive be­hav­iour — which build re­spect­ful be­hav­iour that un­der­mines vi­o­lence.

“Too of­ten peo­ple think vi­o­lence is just some­one los­ing their tem­per, but re­search clearly demon­strates that vi­o­lence is more about con­trol­ling be­hav­iour and men’s so­cial­i­sa­tion. We know that pro­mot­ing and un­der­stand­ing re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ships is a pro­tec­tion against vi­o­lence.”

The White Rib­bon Ride ar­rives at Te Puke In­ter­me­di­ate School in 2016.

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