The first Rides of Respect held in New Zealand was on the
17th May 2015
This year there were even more rides all over New Zealand, eleven in all, held on the 24th April 2016
We are slowly gathering information to post with pictures and info about all the different rides. Here are a few of their videos, news articles and photo's
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Well done to all those in New Zealand raising amazing amounts of money
for various charities that help their ex-Armed Forces!
HOW IT ALL BEGAN IN NEW ZEALAND!
I was contacted at the end of 2014 and asked if I would like to run a Ride of Respect in New Zealand but I was a little worried about letting the ride down, I was living on the West Coast of the South Island which although its paradise it does not have a very large population. The West Coast is larger than Yorkshire with a population of just 24,000 people and during the winter the passes can be closed with snow, so not many outside riders would be coming.
I was on a charity ride with a few of my
brothers from the Widows Sons and at the end of the ride over a few beers we
sorted the problem. Sam who is ex
Army would hold a ride in Canterbury, Neil who is ex Airforce would hold a ride
in Wellington and Ben who is serving with the NZ Navy would hold a ride in
Auckland while I would run a ride on the West Coast while being the centre
point to coordinate the rides.
I set up the facebook page and posted the four rides and within a very short time I had people from other areas asking why there was no ride in their patch. I explained that I did not have organisers everywhere and if they wanted to run I ride in their area that I would help.
Come the day 17th May 2015 we had nine rides and 918 riders took part.
I kept the rules simple, all the rides would
start at the same time on the same day so we would all be riding together in
spirit if not physically and that each ride would start and finish at an RSA
club (Returned Service Association) with the money raised on the day going to
the clubs we visit.
The first ride was held the same day as the UK
ride to pay respect to the ride starting in the UK, although with us being in
the Southern hemisphere and the onset of winter some of the riders ended up
riding in snow so we decided to move the ride forward a bit and given that
ANZAC day is in April we though the last Sunday before ANZAC day each year
would be our ride date. It’s
still a bit touch and go for weather given that April is well into Autumn but
at least it’s just rain and not snow we have to deal with now.
From the 2015 ride with nine rides we went into 2016 with eleven rides and 1191 riders this year, although the South Island got all the good weather and the North Island got the rain. The rides that took place were:
Northland run by the RSA
Auckland run by Ben from the Widows Sons MMC supported by the Patriots DFMC
Waikato run by Dan and Tiki of the Tribal Nations MC
Coromandel run by Marlene of the Ulysses Club
Hawkes Bay run by Crusty Customs and Bay social cruisers
Welington run by Neil from the Widows Sons MMC supported by BRONZ and Wellington riders
Top of the South run by Stephen and Colin from Tribal Nations MC
Christchurch run by Sam from Widows Sons MMC
West Coast run by Sam from Widows Sons MMC
South Canterbury run by Trevor from Braithreachas MC
Lower South last but longest running for two day run by Glenn and Phil from BRONZ
The ride is now supported by a large number of clubs and by the RSA and I hope to keep building to make it bigger again next year, we will never have the numbers the UK has because we do not have a very large population, less than half the population of London, but we manage to fill the whole country once a year with the sound of thunder and let those who have gone before they are not forgotten.
For 2018 it is my plan to run a ride to the National memorial in Wellington on the 11th November to mark 100 years from the end of the First World War so already planning ahead but what would you expect from a Sapper.
RIDER OF RESPECT EMBLEM
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WAIKATO RIDE OF RESPECT
24TH APRIL 2016
Arriving from Ngaruawahia
The Waikato Ride of Respect organising committee
Jay Mason, Patrick Te Wake, Chris Laird, Rod Irvine,
Tiki O'Brien and Daniel Temple
RSA Ride of Respect
Social Cruisers NZ
go to the link below to see the video of their ride
LATEST NEWS! READ ALL ABOUT IT!!
Ride of Respect motorcyclists
raised $840 for the South Canterbury RSA charitable poppy trust
Top of the South Island Ride of Respect biggest yet
OTAGO DAILY TIMES
TRIBUTE TO THE FALLEN ON THE RIDE OF RESPECT
Harley-Davidsons, Triumphs and an assortment of other motorcycles hit the streets of Otago and Southland on Saturday with riders raising funds for the RSA and paying respect to "fallen soldiers''