If you own a bike and want to ride with other men and women that believe ending violence is an issue worth riding for, then join us this November. You can participate for an hour or the whole week, It’s up to you.
JOINING THE RIDE
Riders can participate in the Ride by joining at any location. Ride for a day in your local region, or make the commitment and join for the whole week – you won’t regret it. It’s a life changing experience being welcomed into the hearts of New Zealanders throughout the country. You will visit marae, schools, men’s groups, town meetings and events and stay at marae, Defense Force accommodation and motor camps.
Check out the schedule to find out when the Ride is coming through your region and contact us so we can let you know where to join up with the ride. This year more than ever we want local riders to lead the ride into their town so please contact us to help make this occur.
The Ride is led by the Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club who are responsible for the safety of the ride. They along with Te Ahi Kikoha and representatives of South Island Iwi speak to media and represent the riders at community events. The following riders led the ride in 2012.
West Wind – James Grey
James is the Treasurer for the Hauraki Chapter Patriots DFMC and 2012 will be his third year with the White Ribbon Ride. Every year he hears too many heart wrenching stories which always brings tears to his eyes. What motivates him most is the continuous stories in the media about violence in NZ homes, and also his experiences as a child in extended family situations, whilst staying with whanau.
East Wind – Takurua Tawera
Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Awa, Ngati Kahunungu Tapuika Tuhourangi nga Iwi. Takurua has worked in Health and Social Services for 25 years and is currently employed with Te Runanga O Wairarapa as their Cultural Clinical Supervisor. His passion is to ride alongside like-minded men who have a similar vision for a better society. Being a part of the Ride is a choice he has made to be a better man.
Aaron Morrison – West Wind
Aaron is a current serving member of the NZDF, and member of the Hauraki Chapter Patriots DFMC. As a serving soldier and Patriot he supports and serves our country, and rides in the White Ribbon Ride to encourage all men to never condone violence toward women. Whakamana Wahine.
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West Wind – Tony Brooking
Ngaa Puhi, Ngati Porou. Taaku ahi tuutata, taaku mata kikoha: taaku ahi mamao, taaku mata kiporo, tiheiwaa mauri ora. The White Ribbon for me is about unifying as a people to say ‘It’s OK to ask for or offer help’. It’s about standing up as men to be part of the solution, it’s about empowering others and it’s about tino rangatiratanga, my own and other peoples.
Accommodation consists of Marae, Army/Navy bases and budget accommodation. It is estimated that $25 per night will cover your costs. Contact us to book your accommodation. Please note accommodation can not be guaranteed.
RULESAnyone can join the Ride as long as they abide by the following rules: No alcohol or drugs No patches Must have motorcycle of 250cc or greater Must follow the instructions of the Patriots who are assisting with the safety of the ride in a volunteer capacity Must agree to the pledge that ‘wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women’. x
JOIN OUR MAILING LIST
Get updates on the Ride by joining our White Ribbon Ride mailing list.
HELP PROMOTE THE RIDE
We’d appreciate your help to promote the White Ribbon Ride to other riders. You are the people who know other riders. Please feel free to send them the link to this page or the facebook event page. You can order free White Ribbon Ride Posters and order ribbons and put them up in your town/city.