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Anti-violence campaigners gear up for White Ribbon Day
A sea of hairy legs in high heels is expected tomorrow during an inner-city walk to raise awareness about violence against women and children.
Anti-violence campaigners are gearing up for White Ribbon Day tomorrow.
The day’s events are aimed at raising awareness around violence towards women.

Bikers drive White Ribbon message home in Wellington
30 leather-clad motorcyclists have landed in Wellington in an effort to raise awareness of violence in the home.  Aaron Moriana is heading a White Ribbon campaign visiting schools around the country with his message.
Travelling from Auckland to Wellington, a special group of bikers are on a mission.

Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons\
Taranaki Base Hospital draped in white ribbons to show violence towards women is never OK
Taranaki DHB is supporting the week of White Ribbon Day, Tuesday 25 November, with the addition of three large (18 metre) white ribbon banners on the outside of the new Base Hospital, near the main entrance.

High heels and white ribbons
Some of Palmerston North’s best-known men have stood taller than normal against violence towards women.
More than a dozen men, including mayoral candidates, MP Jono Naylor, media personalities and community group leaders, donned high heels for a race down George St on Saturday.
The race, dubbed the George St Dash, involved a run up and down George St wearing high heels.

Police support White Ribbon events in Bay of Plenty
Police staff from around the Bay of Plenty District will be showing their support at a number of White Ribbon events this week to reinforce their stand against family violence.
White Ribbon Day (25 November) is the United Nations International Day for the elimination of violence against women and the wearing of a white ribbon has been adopted as the international symbol of opposition to such violence.

White Ribbon Day supporters weather the storms
”Diabolical weather” has not deterred 28 motorcyclists undertaking a 2500km South Island ride in support of White Ribbon Day.
Taking a day off in Dunedin’s Octagon yesterday, Sally Napier (55), of Christchurch, recounted the first few legs of the trip, on her new, two-week old 900cc Triumph Speedmaster.

WDHB male staff members to host White Ribbon Day event
Close to 20 Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) male staff members have committed to take time out from their jobs on Tuesday 25 November to help publicise this year’s White Ribbon Day. Besides greeting staff and visitors in Wanganui Hospital’s front entrance, the men will hand out white ribbons, brochures and contact details for agencies available to help victims and perpetrators of family violence.

Editorial: NZ’s domestic violence stats are sickening
One in three women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives.
This is one statistic that scares me. As a woman, I look at my circle of friends and if this statistic is correct some of them would be subject to some form of domestic abuse and quite frankly that makes me sick. During November the anti-domestic violence White Ribbon campaign is in full swing. The campaign culminates in White Ribbon Day, which is observed on November 25.

Journey continues for White Ribbon
For seven years the Bream Bay Community Trust has organised the White Ribbon Ride to raise awareness for family violence.
Now the organisational role of the ride will be handed over to another group in a special ceremony at Takahiwai Marae tonight.
Phil Paikea, from the trust, said the idea for the White Ribbon Ride developed over a cup of tea with other trust members.

White Ribbon day all about building bridges
The annual White Ribbon motorbike ride will leave Bluff tomorrow.
The event will start with a breakfast at the Lighthouse Gallery at 8am, before heading to Gore, where riders would meet with the public at the Capri Cafe between noon and 1pm.
The ride highlights the issue of domestic violence in New Zealand.

Tug of War enters fifth year
On November 28 men and women will do battle as they take part in the annual Tug of War event to promote the White Ribbon campaign.
The event, which is now in its fifth year, aims to promote an anti-domestic violence message.Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health ServicesOn Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity partner Shine and Orakei Health Services by distributing white ribbons from 5-6pm.

Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message
Warriors promote White Ribbon Day message Shine and Orakei Health Services
On Tuesday, the Vodafone Warriors will promote the White Ribbon Day message to the community at Eastridge Shopping Centre, Mission Bay. The Warriors are supporting their charity partner Shine and Orakei Health Services by distributing white ribbons from 5-6pm.

White Ribbon hits the road
Gleaming motorbikes marked a changing attitude in family violence awareness in Nelson today, as campaigners convened to take a pledge to stop violence against women and children.
A group of 20 bikers met in Nelson as part of the White Ribbon campaign, which is touring around New Zealand.
The White Ribbon Ride is now into its sixth year. The focus is to encourage men to take a pledge to “never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women”.

White Ribbon riders carry anti-violence message
Palmerston North will be the launching pad for the North Island’s White Ribbon Ride this week. The white ribbon symbolises taking a stand against violence towards women and children, and the national White Ribbon ride begins today in the South Island.
The North Island tour will kick off in Palmerston North on Saturday, after the “George St Dash”. Some of Palmerston North’s higher profile men will race down the street in high heels for the dash, as well as making a pledge.

Riders oppose domestic violence
Anyone with a motorcycle of more than 250cc is being encouraged to join the White Ribbon Ride in Queenstown this week.
Motorcyclists supporting the ride have travelled the length of New Zealand this month and by the time it finishes, on November 29, they will have delivered anti-violence messages to more than 60 communities.

Anti-violence network calls on Maori
An anti-violence network says ending the cycle of domestic abuse in Maori can only be done by involving tangata whenua.A new report by the Glenn Inquiry looks at how to end whanau violence based on interviews with former abusers.Of the 26 people interviewed, 18 were Maori, six were Pakeha and two were Pasifika. Almost all said hearing from reformed abusers edged them towards finding help for their own behavior.

NZ Police Commissioner appointed as White Ribbon Ambassador
NZ Police Commissioner Mike Bush is the latest in a number of high profile New Zealand men who have accepted the role of White Ribbon Ambassadors. He joins Prime Minister John Key, Maori Party Leader Te Ururoa Flavell and recently retired Deputy Mayor of Wellington, Ian McKinnon.

Shining a light on violence
Every year 14 New Zealand women are killed by their partners or former partners. One in five will be sexually assaulted. And 3500 convictions will be recorded against men for assaults on women.
The majority of these horrific incidents are preventable, and men are being asked to step up and publicly pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women.

Silent protest against family violence
Churches call public to join silent protest against family violence
Plant a white ribbon to protest family violence on White Ribbon Day, 25 November
Two Auckland churches are imploring members of the public to plant white ribbons in their grounds from 23 to 25 November in a silent protest against family violence.
St Luke’s Presbyterian Church, in Remuera, and Greenlane Presbyterian Church are hosting the display to support White Ribbon Day on 25 November – a national day to raise awareness of violence against women.

Police hit the road in heels
Police are stepping out in style for a good cause.
A group of officers has volunteered to wear heels and take a stand against violence towards women. Advocates will be getting behind the initiative and walking around the streets of Takapuna in women’s shoes to show their support.

End Violence for Canterbury Social Media Campaign Begins
On the 12th of November 2014 the Canterbury Family Violence Collaboration along with its partners Canterbury Police, Corrections, Christchurch District Health Board and the Christchurch City Council will launch the #EndViolence4Canterbury social media campaign in the lead up to White Ribbon Day on the 25th of November.

Mayor supports White Ribbon campaign
Kapiti Coast District Council Mayor Ross Church is again supporting the White Ribbon Ride to help end violence against women. The Mayor will welcome White Ribbon riders when they stop at McLean Park in Paraparaumu at 2pm on Saturday 22 November during the Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival.

The cost of violence is too high for us to ignore
“The release of Glenn Inquiry report into the rising costs of family violence is sobering and timely,” says White Ribbon Campaign Manager Rob McCann. “The violence can’t be ignored and this report is a further wakeup call that we need to do more.”

Report must spur Government into action
The soaring cost of domestic violence and child abuse highlight the need for the Government to prioritise and act on the issue, says Labour’s Spokesperson for Social Development, Sue Moroney.

Words of love
After her daughter, Sophie, was murdered by a former boyfriend, Lesley Elliott made it her mission to help others avoid abusive relationships. Nearly seven years on, she is seeing her efforts come to fruition, with a programme in schools and a new book based on the warning signs that she and Sophie missed.

Napier City Council says no to violence
Napier City Council Chief Executive Wayne Jack is leading the charge to get as many staff as possible to “Take the Pledge” to commit to a violence free community.

Anti-violence campaign not a good look, say councillors
Comments from two district councillors that billboards against domestic violence should be hidden from tourists have stunned a family violence campaigner.

Inmates’ escape plan for worthy cause
Inmates of Hawke’s Bay had the opportunity to run away from the officers yesterday – and it was all legal. It came during a Chasing Sun Rays duathlon in which Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison inmates, staff and other community members ran, walked and cycled to support White Ribbon Month.

Fundraising for Women’s Refuge
This November, as part of the White Ribbon Stopping Violence Campaign, Shakti Ethnic Women’s Support Group is holding a fundraising dinner for the public on November 22.

Pledging to stop violence
No violence is tolerable is the message of the annual anti-violence campaign, White Ribbon.
Tauranga’s worst violence happens at home and Police attend more than 70 callouts for Family Violence every week, says Community Family Violence Co-ordinator, Heather Beddie, who is saddened at the levels of Family Violence in Tauranga Moana.

Domestic violence deemed an epidemic
Bay of Plenty Polytechnic students banded together today as they took an oath to do what they could to stop domestic violence in the community.
‘No violence is tolerable’ is the message of the annual anti-violence campaign, White Ribbon.

Bully Free Brovember campaign aims to make NZ communities safer
The “Bully Free Brovember” campaign kicks off around New Zealand this weekend.  The aim is to reduce bullying and to offer a safe community to thrive in.

Manning up to violent past
Vic Tamati has “LOVE” tattooed on his right hand. He got it done as teenager. The fist was the only love he knew. Tamati’s parents, “staunch” Samoan churchgoers in Auckland, were violent. When Tamati married and had his own family, he was the same. Tamati’s tattoo is faded now. The word LOVE is still visible. But the 59-year-old father of six, including rapper Ladi 6, no longer uses his fists to cause pain.



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