Getting your community involved in White Ribbon Day

Violence Free North Canterbury, has developed a fantastic initiative to spread the White Ribbon message within their community this year. They are creating and distributing unique White Ribbon packs to businesses in the Waimakariri and Hurunui Districts to maximize the number of local organisations participating.

Each pack will contain White Ribbon posters and flyers as well as cloth ribbons, black and white jellybeans, white ribbon biscuits, balloons and black and white streamers. They have put together sample packs and are currently gauging how many will participate.

Violence Free North Canterbury (VFNC) members, have been canvassing local main street businesses in the towns of Kaiapoi, Rangiora, Oxford, Amberley, Culverden, and Cheviot.

Chris Hurring, Police’s Family Harm Coordinator for the area and Wendy Howe, Waimakariri District Council Community Facilitator were delighted with the response from Rangiora businesses. Some shops are going to create black and white themed window displays, while others in more corporate environments will have white ribbons and flyers at the front desk.

Their initial hope was to have around 100 businesses involved, but have doubled that with 200 businesses committing to take part. As a FVNC member, Oxford Community Trust has taken on the task of putting together the packs. Wendy noted “We weren’t sure what the interest would be like, and are very grateful to the team of volunteers who will be extra busy putting all these packs together as well as producing over 1500 biscuits”.

North Canterbury has faced considerable challenges over the past decade with some of the region affected by the Christchurch earthquakes and the towns further north affected by the Kaikoura earthquake. These events have put considerable pressure on families and heighten the need for support. Reporting of family violence has increased since these events and highlighting anti-violence messaging and promoting respectful relationships is vital.

They are also going to have a presence in local high schools and area schools during White Ribbon week, providing white ribbons and white ribbon biscuits to students who come and have a conversation about White Ribbon.

Their commitment is inspiring and a key to their success seems to be the willingness of representatives from the Council, NGOs and the police to work together to utilize their connections and build meaningful ongoing relationships.

To order your resources for White Ribbon Day CLICK HERE

White Ribbon Researcher Garth Baker joins Bryan Crump on RNZ


This year’s annual White Ribbon campaign starts this month with the theme of Raise Our Sons and focuses on what fathers can do to develop their sons’ respectful behaviour. White Ribbon Researcher Garth Baker joins Bryan Crump on RNZ to tell listeners more.


Garth is the lead researcher within White Ribbon and a White Ribbon Ambassador.

You can check out our Toolboxes here.

Young people are learning how to box and how to have respectful relationships

Billy and Kerri Graham with Naenae and Cannons Creek members and Police

Young people are learning how to box and how to have respectful relationships.

This unusual but effective combination is happening at the Billy Graham Youth Foundation, who have just been accredited by White Ribbon, the annual campaign to prevent men’s violence against women.

“White Ribbon is delighted by the way the Billy Graham Youth Foundation has integrated the development of respectful behaviour into their youth and community work,” says White Ribbon NZ chair, Cam Ronald.

David Graham and Michael Kaufman, White Ribbon Co-founder

Kerri Graham, the Billy Graham Youth Foundation General Manager says “The Billy Graham Youth Foundation takes boys and girls and makes them into champion young men and women, teaching them life skills and values – Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Consideration, Kindness, Duty, Obedience and Honesty and Truthfulness”.

“Our coaches, volunteers, staff, young boys and girls lead and actively support the White Ribbon kaupapa and we all play a role in building support, visibility and developing a shared understanding of the campaign within our Academies, social groups, workplaces and communities.”

BGYF Academies willingly challenge the behaviours of abusive men and convey key White Ribbon messages directly to its local and wider community.

The endorsement of the Billy Graham Youth Foundation as a White Ribbon Accredited Organisation is a catalyst for the growth of the White Ribbon Campaign, a generational change in the mind set of our children and young people and a reduction in Family Harm across New Zealand.”

“White Ribbon’s annual Respectful Relationships campaign is underway right now, so it’s very timely that we recognised the Billy Graham Youth Foundation” explains Cam Ronald. “White Ribbon aims to prevent men’s’ violence against women, so having more organisations involved makes this much more possible.”

Cam Ronald presents Billy Graham with White Ribbon Business Accreditation

“The way in which they promote White Ribbon’s respectful relationship messages and have developed appropriate policies and staff training is an exemplar, and we hope that other organisation will step up and take an active role in preventing violence.”

“To support our partnership together, we’re very pleased to appoint David Graham of the Billy Graham Youth Foundation as a White Ribbon Ambassador. He exemplifies White Ribbon values, and has the ability to influence many young lives.”

“I am very excited to be taking on this role as a White Ribbon ambassador. We have a fantastic opportunity in the academy to deliver White Ribbon messaging directly to our young men, as well as supporting them by embodying such principles as a coaching staff.”

The Billy Graham Youth Foundation is hosting a visit from the White Ribbon Riders on White Ribbon Day (the 25th of November) at their Cannons Creek Boxing Academy. The White Ribbon Ride is an initiative to tackle this country’s domestic violence record. Cannons Creek Boxing Academy Head Coach, Latu Talu is excited to be hosting the White Ribbon Riders this year and says “the White Ribbon Riders will help our boys, girls, families and the Cannons Creek community to learn from real people, sharing real stories about overcoming domestic violence,” and he hoped the whole community will turn out to support them.

The White Ribbon accreditation programme supports organisations to build violence prevention into their usual business and recognised those who do this effectively. “We’ve previously accreditated The Warehouse, a large retail business. Working with a smaller, local social service like the Billy Graham Youth Foundation demonstrates how any organisation can effectively prevent violence,” says Cam Ronald. “Accreditation recognises the organisation’s commitment and we develop a supportive partnership together”.



For more information contact:

  • Billy Graham Youth Foundation, David Graham, Ph: 027 9211 209
  • White Ribbon NZ, contact – Cam Ronald, Ph: 021 645 155

Campaign Launch 2017

RaiseOurMen Movie

The 2017 White Ribbon campaign launch will take place at the Hollywood Cinema (20 St Georges Rd, Avondale, Auckland) in Auckland on Wednesday 8th November in the evening.

The launch will include the premier of our White Ribbon Film ‘Raise Our Men’, special guests and a special performance by Jason Kerrison.

More details to be announced soon. This event is free.

If you are interests in attending, please complete the contact form.


White Ribbon Workshop with Michael Kaufman

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Michael Kaufman

Michael Kaufman (International co-founder of White Ribbon) will be holding five free workshops across New Zealand. The White Ribbon video ‘Raise Our Men’ will be screened at each venue followed by a workshop on ‘Raising Respectful Men’.

The workshops are to:

  • increase understanding of how New Zealand males are socialised and how this links with the high levels of family and sexual violence against women
  • increase understanding of what action can be taken to mitigate the negative effects of socialisation and reduce men’s violence
  • build community support for White Ribbon’s 2017 campaign, including its focus on male socialisation, and to inform participants how they can use White Ribbon’s campaign and resources in their work

Workshop Dates:

  • Auckland Thursday 9th November, 1pm -4pm
    Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn
  • Hastings Friday 10th November, 10am-1pm
    Havelock North Function Centre, 30 Te Mata Road, Havelock North
  • Dunedin Wednesday 15th November, 10am-1pm
    Burns Hall, 415 Lower Moray Place, Dunedin
  • Christchurch Thursday 16th November, 10am-1pm
    Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre, Corner of Wakefield Avenue and Nayland Street, Sumner
  • Wellington Region Friday 17th November, 10am-1pm
    Olive Tree, 478 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

Please fill in the form to confirm your attendance at the workshops.

A new Ambassador is part of a team that has developed a life-saving social services app

Southteam_008-3We are delighted to announce the appointment of new White Ribbon Ambassador, Akerei (Rei) Maresala-Thomson.

A former police-officer, Rei is now the General Manager of The Village Collective, an organisation equipping Pacific youth and families with knowledge, resources, and information relating to sexual health and well-being. With aspirational goals for his organisation to change the current social landscape of Pacific youth statistics, Rei has set some outcomes through grassroots, strength-based and sustainable solutions. Rei promotes education around a wide range of issues to migrant communities as he believes we are fighting a losing battle with more entering New Zealand without proper pre-migration training of our common laws, road rules and budgeting advice. In essence, the basics to give them a strong foundation of where to start. He is seen as a strong leader in the community, especially within Pasifika groups, and ‘walks the talk’ when it comes to bringing an end to men’s violence against women. Because of this, he has recently been asked to speak at the 22nd International Summit on Violence, Abuse and Trauma run by IVAT in San Diego, USA. 

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Rei has been in the news already by helping to develop a life-saving social services app. Stuff recently reported on his achievement of releasing the MYRIVR app, which gives users access to more than 6800 providers from emergency helplines, education needs, government agencies, youth services, Maori and ethnic services and more. Rei said, “the app makes the process of accessing help simple.”

It is interesting to understand what motivates Rei to be so passionate about empowering other people to make better lives for themselves. Rei’s family is originally from Samoa and the transition to New Zealand was not easy back in the early 80s. His parents were ill-prepared for life in Aotearoa and this led to violence. “My parents didn’t even know what an IRD number was” Rei says. Fast-forward to the present and Rei and most of his siblings are now helping to provide the integration into New Zealand culture that their own family did not have.  They hope they can make positive changes in the fields of family violence, sexual abuse and health, so that others don’t suffer the same experiences.











Ethnic leader Surinder Tandon announced as a White Ribbon Ambassador


SDr Surinder Tandon, President of Christchurch Multicultural Council, is the latest to join the ranks of White Ribbon Ambassadors, who want to see men stand up and say No to violence against women.

Surinder said: “I am honoured to be nominated and appointed as a White Ribbon Ambassador. I want to increase awareness of White Ribbon principles in ethnic communities.” He commented “Migrant women are targeted and are disproportionally represented as victims of family and sexual violence. Our national and regional multicultural councils support the important message of the White Ribbon campaign. We have been working with other agencies to develop family violence prevention and management programmes within multicultural migrant communities.” “I wish to identify and encourage other ethnic men as potential Ambassadors to support the White Ribbon campaign.”

Surinder is involved in Rotary (Paul Harris Fellow and Past-President, Lincoln Club) and Multicultural Council activities. He was awarded the Queens Medal, MNZM in 2014 for services to multicultural communities and textile research. Because of his long association of over 25 years with the multicultural and wider communities, he feels people see him as a role model. White Ribbon Campaign Manager Rob McCann is delighted to welcome Surinder to the team and looks forward to working with him.

The idea is simple…

Auckland Humanity Project

Each month Aucklanders are asked a question based on 8 factors that protect against family violence and sexual violence. Via social media, their responses are shared, which in turn shares their humanity.


The Auckland Humanity Project is the mastermind behind 

this initiative and aims to grow opportunities for kindness, compassion, empathy and hope, encouraging healthy relationships, safer communities, and more connection and caring in our neighbourhoods, workplaces, schools and homes.

Click on the following three inspirational stories and share in their humanity:

Shannon – an awesome Dad, who has broken the cycle of violence.  He talks about how being a good dad starts with loving and respecting your partner.

Blair – talks about learning it’s okay to show emotion.

Damien – talks about masculinity and learning to be comfortable with who he is.

Jason – talks about how he shows his respect for his girlfriend.

Please forward these stories to anyone you think might be interested. You could also:


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Police are investigating more incidents of family violence than ever before

NZFVC logoClearly, too much family violence is still happening. “To have such a high level of family violence is shamefully embarrassing for a country that values a ‘fair go.’ We’re better than this New Zealand” says Cam Ronald, Chair of the White Ribbon Committee.

Police investigated 8,000 more incidents in 2016 than the previous year, which is partly because more people are reporting family violence. “This is a good thing, as it shows more people no longer see family violence as private, and more victims are confident in reporting it as they know the community wants it to stop”, says Cam Ronald. “White Ribbon’s violence prevention campaign is helping reduce peoples’ tolerance of violence. There’s much more we can and need to do, to get to a place where the actual occurrence of family violence reduces”.

White Ribbon is part of a movement to prevent violence from occurring in the first place. This involves changing the social attitudes that give men the idea that using violence is normal, acceptable or the way to solve problems.

White Ribbon does this by promoting the respectful behaviour men can use instead of violence. This involves treating women as equal and being flexible about what men can do.

“The reality is that most violence is committed by men,” says Mr Ronald, “so we need all men to become part of the change. Our ‘Respectful Relationships’ campaign gives men the tools to live respectful lives, which gives them and their families happier and healthier lives”.

“The ‘Respectful Relationships’ campaign also equips fathers to be positive role models and develop their sons’ respectful behaviour towards women”.

White Ribbon has new messages, tool boxes and information for men, available in November.

The Gathering of the 3000

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This weekend will see The Gathering of the 3000 taking place at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua. The event will inspire, equip, and connect Pacific men so that some of the challenges Pacific communities face can be addressed and a movement of change initiated. Amongst many high-profile keynote speakers, such as David Tua, Sir Michael Jones and Chris Te’o, we are privileged to announce that three of our White Ribbon Ambassadors will be attending this event.

mikeAlfredMike Tana, Mayor of Porirua, will be participating in the opening ceremony taking place on Friday 30th June at 7 pm. The Hon. Alfred Ngaro is also joining the event on Saturday 31st at 9 am and will be conducting the welcome and introduction of the keynote speakers.

SoniOne of our newly appointed Ambassadors, Soni Malaulau will be at the event on both days. Soni has been a serving Police Officer for over 28 years and worked as the Regional Coordinator for the Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme. This involved working with up to 18 Pacific countries, mentoring their police forces to improve police response to family violence. A committed activist for White Ribbon, he has also worked in Afghanistan in an effort to end men’s violence towards women by encouraging men to lead by example and talk to other men.  Soni is a passionate advocate of White Ribbon and hopes to bring about an environment of social change that reinforces human rights and equality between men and women. He would like to see both men and women demonstrating shared responsibility, mutual respect, trust and harmony towards each other. We are very excited to have such a strong asset join the White Ribbon team.

Alongside our wonderful Ambassadors, White Ribbon will be hosting a stand at the Gathering. We urge you to come and find about our plans for 2017 and what you can do to help.  There will be the opportunity to learn more about the White Ribbon pledge “I will stand up, speak out and act to prevent violence towards women” and join the other 2,300 men who have already made this commitment.  Together we can make a difference.

To find out more information about this weekend’s exciting event, visit: