Motorcyclists with a message

20:23, Nov 18 2012
White ribbon ride
FAMILY AFFAIR: Patriots member Colin Agnew with his daughter Amber Connolly of Nelson and his grandchildren Flynn and Grace McEwing at the Patriots launch of the White Ribbon ride in Anzac Park.

Men on on motorbikes rode into Nelson, revved up about stopping men's violence against women.

About 15 rough-looking men on motorcycles roared along Trafalgar St in Nelson on Saturday, coming from Picton as part of the White Ribbon ride.

They were then met at Anzac Park where they were welcomed by Nelson city councillor Jeff Rackley.

"You're a powerful group of riders coming together and I believe the further down south you get the bigger you will grow. I wish you a safe ride and thank you for allowing me to meet you and share your message," Mr Rackley said to the group, which is travelling the country and publicly speaking out about violence against women and children.

The White Ribbon Ride started in Rotorua on Saturday then has split into two - some are heading up the east and west coasts to Auckland, while others are travelling to 31 South Island towns.

The South Island riders met at Anzac Park in Nelson about 2pm where about 30 supporters and members of the New Zealand's armed forces called the Patriots - which drives the White Ribbon ride - met before heading to Motueka. They left about 2pm heading further south.

Nelson's Colin Agnew is among riders who will travel the South Island, before finishing in Blenheim a week later.

"It's a cause I believe in. I was brought up in a non-violent family but I knew people who were brought up in violent situations and it's just something I don't believe in," he said.

Many of the other riders also spoke about men being part of the problem, but needing to be part of the solution too. They said that meant supporting men to stop their violence and speaking up when they saw violence against society's most vulnerable - men and women.