Dargaville is making a stand against New Zealand's crippling domestic violence record by holding a free fun event for families at Selwyn Park.
More than 150 riders and vehicles will converge at Selwyn Park on November 24 as part of the official White Ribbon Ride which creates awareness about White Ribbon Day by visiting 80 towns nationwide. White Ribbon Day internationally advocates for the elimination of violence against women.
Among those heading into Dargaville on his Harley bike is family violence intervention advocate Phil Paikea from Whangarei.
A former gang member, Mr Paikea turned his own violent past around and became one of the initiators of the White Ribbon anti-violence motorcycle ride. He urges others to turn the tide on violence - to recognise the problem and to ask for help.
Other speakers include White Ribbon riders, Woman's Refuge, Te Korowai Aroha Pumau, Te Uri O Hau, SOS and Kaipara Abuse Prevention.
The event kicks off at 11am with Warkworth band Damage taking to the stage. Kapa haka and Polynesian groups will perform in between the band's sets.
There will be sausage sizzles, ice creams, fritters, bouncy castles, face painting, cake stalls and rides on Harley bikes and classic cars - with photo opportunities.
Two fridges will be airbrushed and auctioned at the end of the day.
On average, 14 women are killed each year by a member of their own family. Police estimate only 18 per cent of family violence is ever reported. Violence against women is not just physical, but includes emotional and psychological violence such as manipulation, intimidation and coercion.