Fun delivered with serious message

21:34, Dec 18 2012

The White Ribbon Ride 2012 passed though town on Saturday, stopping long enough to enjoy a morning's meet and greet on the village green.

The riders, who are from the Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club and Maori activist group Te Ahi Kikoha Motorcycle Club, were met by local motorcyclists in West End car park before being welcomed by the Kaikoura Suburban School kapa haka group.

There was a real family vibe to the day. The sun was out and with plenty of ice-cream, face-paint and games courtesy of Sport Tasman co-ordinator Laura Stokes, children were entertained for hours, while the riders mingled and showed off their bikes to an admiring crowd.

The guest speaker, Green MP Steffan Browning endorsed the message of stopping violence to women and children, as did members of the Kaikoura Senior Moments marching group.

The Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club consists of present and former members of the New Zealand Defence Forces. Having witnessed violence abroad, they now want to put their peace-keeping skills to use on the home front.

Te Ahi Kikoha are a group of Maori health professionals who hail from communities around the North Island. The group formed to co-lead the 2011 White Ribbon Ride.

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