Police escorted the small entourage, including quad bikes, on their drive around the island.
Internal Affairs Child and Family Services manager Holi Marukoi Kairua said it was about creating more awareness of domestic violence and abuse, not just on Rarotonga but the Pa Enua too. It was about breaking the cycle.
Paul Lynch Napa, who took part in the bike rally, said our communities needed to address the problem. “We should all be saying no to domestic violence, there are better ways to handle issues.
“Men need to take responsibility with domestic violence, there is a high domestic violence rate in our country.
“It’s a culture that has to change, it has to change with our men; men should take responsibility to have safer families and a safer community.
The New Zealand High Commission is supporting the White Ribbon movement in the Cook Islands, says
First Secretary Okesene Moananu, “so the issues relating to family violence, domestic violence and violence against women, are highlighted and addressed through targeted programmes.”
The community is invited to join a march of solidarity tomorrow from 10.30am, beginning at the Avarua Roundabout.
‘March to end the violence’ will proceed through town to the Punanga Nui Market.
Organisations, government departments, youngsters and the general public are encouraged to attend.