The 2021 White Ribbon Ride

 WHITE RIBBON RIDE | RIDERS | EVENTS |PHOTOS | REGISTRATION OF INTEREST

We are planning for the 2021 White Ribbon Ride now.

 

The White Ribbon Riders travel throughout New Zealand spreading the non violence kaupapa and promoting the Respectful Relationships.  It’s an exciting initiative where riders who look rough and ride powerful bikes, talk about healthy masculinity and solutions to tackling this country’s crippling domestic violence record. Violence destroys families, sets our children on a destructive journey and affects one in three women. Usually this week-long motorcycle tour happens every November – White Ribbon Month, and is a powerful and inspirational voyage for all involved.

Last year with the threat of COVID19, the ride was cancelled with only local rides being held. This year we will be riding from Cape Reinga to Wellington and throughout the South Island. The riders will not be able to pick up support riders, and riders will be following Covid protocols and are being encouraged to ensure they are vaccinated. We need to keep everyone safe, but in lockdowns violence against women actually increases, so we need to keep pressing forward.

This year as part of the White Ribbon Campaign, we want to collect stories of change to help shine a light on what works in violence prevention in our communities. We know there are many people who have really inspiring stories of change and redemption that could help people who are currently trapped in abusive, violent and unhealthy relationships. We want to know how they’ve coped, where they got the support, and the tools that helped to change their situation. We want to hear from both former perpetrators and survivors.

We want to make it as easy as possible to take part, so there are a range of ways people can get involved and share their stories. One of these is that our White Ribbon Riders are travelling the country and will collect stories in person, so people can attend a local hui and take part that way. For schools, while we will utilise this theme, it is not appropriate to solely focus on collecting stories of change from students, but rather focus on the tools that support healthy masculinity and respectful relationships. This means the Ride will be collecting stories of change, not necessarily attending the traditional fun event.

 

REGISTRATION OF INTEREST

Each year we open up registrations of interest for communities to host the White Ribbon Riders.  While the ride needs to travel in a logical direction, there are many options open to the organisers. The registration of interest help us to decide where and when the ride goes. At this stage we don’t need to know the actual details of the event, rather just whether you are keen to host the riders so we can plan accordingly.

Download Registration of Interest – Part One (just general information)

Download Registration of Intertest – Part Two (more specific information for when you know how your event is running)

and send back to ride@whiteribbon.org.nz.

 

IDEAS FOR WHITE RIBBON RIDE EVENTS

This year our campaign is looking to collect stories of change from our communities, not run events.

This year as part of the White Ribbon Campaign, we want to collect stories of change to help shine a light on what works in violence prevention in our communities. We know there are many people who have really inspiring stories of change and redemption that could help people who are currently trapped in abusive, violent and unhealthy relationships. We want to know how they’ve coped, where they got the support, and the tools that helped to change their situation. We want to hear from both former perpetrators and survivors.

We want to make it as easy as possible to take part, so there are a range of ways people can get involved and share their stories. One of these is that our White Ribbon Riders are travelling the country and will collect stories in person, so people can attend a local hui and take part that way. For schools, while we will utilise this theme, it is not appropriate to solely focus on collecting stories of change from students, but rather focus on the tools that support healthy masculinity and respectful relationships.

To understand what the campaign looks like you can download this document.

DRAFT SCHEDULE FOR THE THREE RIDES

DATE NORTHLAND TO WELLINGTON AUCKLAND TO WELLINGTON RIDE SOUTH ISLAND RIDE
Sunday 14th November     Positioning Ride to Christchurch
Monday 15th     Christchurch Region
Tuesday 16th Briefing at Waiouru   Darefield to Kaikoura
Wednesday 17th Positioning Ride Waiouru to Devonport   Kaikoura to Blenheim to Nelson
Thursday 18th Positioning Ride to Cape Reinga   Nelson to Murchison to Reefton
Friday 19th Cape Reinga,  Kaitaia, Waitangi to Whangarei Positioning Ride Wellington to Auckland Reefton to Hokitika to Geymouth
Saturday 20th Whangarei to Hamilton to Tauranga Auckland Events Greymouth to Ashburton
Sunday 21st Tauranga to Rotorua, Turangi, Ohakune to Waiouru Auckland to Huntley Ashburton to Geraldine, Twizel, Omarama, Wanaka to Cromwell
Monday 22nd Waiouru to Taihape, Bulls to Ohakea Huntley to Hamilton, Rotorua, Taupo Cromwell to Queesntown to Te Anau
Tuesday 23rd Ohakea to Feilding, Palmerston North to Linton Camp Taupo to Taihape, Hunterville, Marton, PNth Te Anau to Lumsden, Gore, Balclutha, Milton, Dunedin
Wednesday 24th Linton to Foxton, Levin, Otaki, Paraparaumu, to Trentham Camp Palmerston Nth to Masterton to Wellingon

Options include Dannevirke, Eketahune, Greytown and Featherstone

Dunedin Region to Oamaru
Thursday 25th Wellington Region Events Wellington Region Events Oamaru Events
Friday 26th Ride Home Ride Home Ride home
       
This is the draft route for the three rides. The White Ribbon Riders attend events organised by the community, so the route can be altered to divert the riders to interested communities. This year the riders will be collected stories of change from communities and presenting them to Parliament on White Ribbon Day on 25th November. If you are interested in having the Riders visit your town, fill in the Registration of Interest so we can lock in a visit.
 
South Island
Registrations of Interest open now
Auckland to Wellington
Registrations of Interest open now
Cape Reinga to Wellington
Registrations of Interest
open now
download south island ride download the Auckland to Wellington ride

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RIDERS

Joining the Ride is free and easy (though if you are taking part for more than a day trip, you may wish to eat and sleep with the Riders). For more details, head to the Riders page.

EVENTS

To organise an event or have the riders visit your town see Registration of Interest.
Events are listed on the schedule and vary from town to town. Lead riders are trained each year,. This has become more important since we introduced the topic of sexual violence and the issue of consent.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation consists of Marae, Army/Navy bases and budget accommodation. It is estimated that $25 per night will cover your costs. Contact us to chat to the lead rider to see if there is any possibility of staying with the riders. Please note accommodation can not be guaranteed, so you need to contact us if you wish to stay with the riders.

RULES

Anyone can join the Ride as long as they abide by the following rules:
No alcohol or drugs
No gang patches or rockers
Must have motorcycle of 250cc or greater (except within city and town limits)
Must follow the instructions of the Ride Leader or Road Captains
Must agree to the pledge that you will ‘‘stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence towards women’’.
 

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.

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