Horowhenua has one of New Zealand's highest rates of reported domestic violence.

Helping combat this unacceptable statistic is the Horowhenua Abuse Liaison Team (HALT), set up in 2006.

HALT event co-ordinator Stephanie Cook said one of the best ways to reduce domestic violence in the community was to shine a light on it.

"Domestic violence is not just one person's problem, or one family's problem, it is our community's problem. It causes harm to our families and costs the community. Children cannot flourish in a home where they don't feel safe. Adults cannot achieve their potential when they live in fear, and our resources are swamped dealing with the fallout from domestic violence," said Cook.


HALT is holding a Reverse Colour Run again this year to celebrate White Ribbon Day, the international day of opposition to violence against women.

The Reverse Colour Run will be held on Saturday November 19 at the Levin Mall car park to coincide with the opening of the Peace in 10,000 Hands exhibition at Te Takere and the White Ribbon riders stopping off in Levin.

The event starts at 10am with music and entertainment. The White Ribbon riders arrive at midday and the Reverse Colour Run starts at 1pm.

So come dressed in your brightest madcap outfits or enter a team with a theme and enjoy a fun day with free food and entertainment that also brings a serious message that domestic violence is NOT OK.

For more information and to register for the run visit the HALT Facebook page.