White Ribbon Riders rolling into Te Puke
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.