Revved up against violence
Sergeant Peter Knight will be lending his precious Harley Davidson to a police pal in support of a good cause.
Police are joining campaigners against domestic violence in a ride across Waiheke to raise awareness of White Ribbon Day on November 25.
Mr Knight says "all men with motorcycles" are being invited to join the cavalcade which will meet behind Charlie Farley's in Onetangi at 10am.
The ride is being organised by Living Without Violence, supported by senior constables Fred Aplin on the Harley and Clint Vallender, who will be taking part on the day.
The cavalcade will take a "scenic route" through the western end of the island to transport the white flag to a ceremony at Alison Park in Oneroa which starts at 11am. The flag raising and a ceremony will be followed by refreshments at the Artworks Theatre café.
Living Without Violence is a not for profit agency that works with people involved with family violence.
It has been operating on Waiheke since 1988 and promotes the vision of Waiheke Island as a violence free community.
It runs groups for men, women and children, as well as providing one-to-one counselling and couples' counselling.
Spokesman Kamalesh Lovegrove says: "White Ribbon Day is the one event in the year that is specifically intended for reflection on the violence of men towards women.
"Of course only some men are violent toward their families, and only some engage in unhealthy controlling or abusive behaviour. But it is still too many to be complacent about the issue."
"We hope more people can attend this year as the event is on a Sunday. Everyone is welcome."
The Living Without Violence offices at 59 Ostend Rd are open from 9am till 4pm, Monday to Thursday, for people to drop in and receive advice and information.
Visit livingwithout violence.co.nz or check out the Facebook page Living-Without-Violence-Waiheke.
Phone Senior Constable Fred Aplin at Waiheke police on 372 1150 if you are interested in joining the cavalcade.
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