White Ribbon Ride

Eru Whare (left), of Ngaruawahia, lets Jordan Kopa (9), of Invercargill, sit on his Harley Davidson Softail motorbike during the White Ribbon riders' visit to Te Wharekura O Arowhenua Maori language school. Photos: Hayden Williams

WHITE Ribbon riders’ visited Te Wharekura O Arowhenua Maori language school in Invercargill last Wednesday.

The White Ribbon riders, riding in support of the White Ribbon campaign’s message to end violence towards women, were halfway through the South Island leg of this years’ White Ribbon ride, Eru Whare said.

Te Wharekura O Arowhenua pupil Georgia Jones (11) said it was really good to have the riders visit the school because Maori were stereotyped when it came to domestic violence.

“It’s not just us, it’s everyone’s problem. It’s really good to have the younger kids so psyched about this.”

With the riders revving their engines and children covering their ears and shrieking, it was a good way to get the White Ribbon message across because the younger children, who had shorter attention spans, were so engaged, she said.

Principal Gary Davis said staff at the school also supported the White Ribbon message.

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