The 2020 Virtual White Ribbon Ride


The 2020 White Ribbon Ride is cancelled. Instead a series of local rides are occuring. These will be joined together and be called The 2020 Virtual White Ribbon Ride.

Under normal circumstances the White Ribbon Riders travel throughout New Zealand spreading the non violence kaupapa and promoting the annual November campaign. It’s an exciting initiative where riders who look rough and ride powerful bikes, talk about Respectful Relationships 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.

This year with the threat of COVID19 we are holding local rides to ensure we keep our population and riders as safe as possible. That means that the lead riders will not be steering a convoy through towns in the North and South Islands, picking up support riders in every region along the way. Instead local riders will be supporting local White Ribbon Riders and local organisations to attend local events as the White Ribbon Riders.

How to support the 2020 Virtual White Ribbon Ride:

1. Register your event online

2. Contact White Ribbon ( and we can see if we can provide a local Rider or Ambassador and White Ribbon resources to support your event.

3. No event in your area – why not create your own White Ribbon Event at your school, workplace or community. Click here for details.

4. Your event will be added to our Virtual Ride Map.

5. Share your photos/videos from your event on socials or stories tag in Facebook with the #whiteribbonride2020

When you put up a global post with the hashtag #whiteribbonride2020, the campaign team are able to local the post and share this.

This year we will be encouraging local riders to join with a local White Ribbon Rider to support local events and continue to raise awareness in your town or city. To find out more about how to organise an event, read this document.



IDEAS – Word file

IDEAS – PDF file


Virtual White Ribbon Ride

Town or City:   Gisborne
Name of Event:   White Ribbon Cycle Ride

Date:   25 November
Time:   10.00am
Venue:    Meet at Rose Garden by Gisborne District Council

Description:    Tauawhi Men’s Centre with Sports Gisborne Tairawhiti will be taking over the city on pushbikes for this year’s White Ribbon Ride.  They will ride along the Oneroa walk and cycleway to Churchill Park where a free sausage sizzle and fun activities await.
Contact:   For more information and to register contact


Town or City:   Kaitaia
Name of Event:   White Ribbon Ride

Date:   TBC

Time:   All day
Venue:    From Kaitaia to Pukenui

Description:    We will be doing a motorcycle ride from Kaitaia to Pukenui in support of this year’s White Ribbon campaign to increase awareness and help STOP men’s violence towards women.  Date yet to be confirmed. Call 02040015553 if you wish to join us on our ride. Anything on 2 wheels is welcome. Thank you



Town or City:  Lyttelton, Canterbury

Name of Event:    White Ribbon Riders Visit (Staff only)

Date:  Tuesday 24 November

Time:  7.00am

Venue:   Lyttelton Port Company

Description:   White Ribbon Riders from the region will talk with staff about the campaign and provide resources.

Contact (if appropriate): 


Town or City:  Palmerston North
Name of Event:   
Korowai presentation

Date:  16 October

Time:   9.30am
Venue:  Palmerston North Police Station

Description:  Rick Hepi, who is one of our Ambassadors and Riders will be attending the korowai presentation to represent White Ribbon.

Contact:  Liz Perawiti and Te Whanau O Ringatoi Foundation


Town or City:   Palmerston North (Takaro)
Name of Event:   
Men’s Breakfast

Date:   28 November
8.00am – 9.30am-ish
Venue:   St Michael’s Church

Description:   This will allow any riders to support the Palmerston North Square event.  There will be accommodation at St Michael’s on the evening of 27 November for riders coming in.



Town or City:   Palmerston North

Name of Event:   Riders Event

Date:  28 November

Time:  10.00am-2.00pm
Venue:   Te Marae O Hine (The Square)

Description:  The Ride event in November will include a number of local riders and will be co-ordinated by Rick Hepi, White Ribbon Ambassador.
Contact:  Liz Perawiti and Te Whanau O Ringatoi Foundation


Town or City:  Reefton

Name of Event:   White Rlibbon Day

Date:   14 November
Venue:  King George Park, Reefton (Community Centre if wet)

Description:   Community Fun Day in support of White Ribbon Day.  We will have music, obstacle course, stalls, and some WR riders attending (still some details/activities to be confirmed.
Contact:   Kyra Morgan at Homebuilders West Coast Trust – 03 788 8065


Town or City:  Takaka Golden Bay

Name of Event:   Local White Ribbon Ride

Date:  28 November

Time:  10.30am

Venue:   Court House Café Collingwood then Bainham Store then Village Green Takaka

Description:  Motorbike ride and sausage sizzle.

Contact (if appropriate):   Jo Sharpe sf@mohuasocialservices


Town or City:   Takaro, Palmerston North
Name of Event:   
Men’s Breakfast

Date:   28 November
8.00am – 9.30am-ish
Venue:   St Michael’s Church

Description:   This will allow any riders to support the Palmerston North Square event.  There will be accommodation at St Michael’s on the evening of 27 November for riders coming in.




Town or City:  Timaru

Name of Event:   FREE White Ribbon BBQ

Date:  27 November

Time:   10.00am-2.00pm
Venue:  Mitre 10 Mega Timaru

Description:   For the White Ribbon BBQ at Mitre 10 Mega Timaru Rapid Relief are doing the catering.  Local White Ribbon Riders and South Canterbury White Ribbon Ambassador Craig Calder from SCRFU will attend and many first responders will call in.  Come down and join us!
Contact:  Te Rito Collaboration Coordinator Michelle Thew


Town or City:   Upper Hutt
Name of Event:   
White Ribbon Event 2020

Date:  21 November

Time:   11.30am-1.30pm
Venue:  Upper Hutt Primary School

Description:   Our White Ribbon Event is a convoy of classic cars, White Ribbon riders, fire service, etc meeting at St ats, Silverstream, and driving down Fergusson Drive (done instead of a march with covid lurking), the main arterial route to the city.  White Ribbon Ambassador and Rider Rick Hepi is leading this.  They arrive at our primary school for a rally at 11.30am, we have kapa haka, local stories – Greg Finnigan from Man Kind (our house for men who use violence) will be interviewing a few guys on this journey, a Kira region-wide haka is planned, bouncy castle, food and coffee for 1.5 hours.  I have also asked a Youth Ambassador, Harrison Carrey, to come along and talk of his experience of being in YALP.

Contact:   Sallie Calvert, 027 599 7000.


Town or City:   Waitara

Name of Event:   

Date:   14 November
Venue:  Waitara Districts Citizens & Services Club

Description:  The Waitara White Ribbon Poker Run is in its fourth year of riding to end men’s violence towards woman.
The motocycle ride takes us around the beautiful Taranaki maunga.
Registration is at 9.30am at the Waitara RSA and then as we start the ride we do a lap around the sprint car track before heading to Stratford where we stop at the Tutaki Youth Center. BBQ and displays will be underway at this stop. Depart after approximately half an hour. Our next stop will be at Opunake where we park along the main street, the Lions are involved along with the community. From there we will be stopping in Okato for a short break before heading back to the Waitara RSA to share in a BBQ and prize giving.
Every ride will go home with a prize.
The committee works hard throughout the year to gather sponsors, supporters and riders to ensure this is a successful day.  And they just keep getting better.
Contact:  We do have a Waitara White Ribbon page


South Island Ride
Registrations of Interest opening soon
Lower North Island Ride
Registrations of Interest opening soon
North Island Hauraki Ride
Registrations of Interest opening soon
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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.


To organise an event or have the riders visit your town click here.
Events are listed on the schedule and vary from town to town. Lead riders are trained each year and this is even more important as we are focusing in sexual violence and the issue of consent.


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, so you need to contact us if you wish to stay with the riders.


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’’.


Get updates on the Ride by joining our White Ribbon Ride mailing list.


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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