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Hollie Smith launches White Ribbon campaign

November 10, 2016 at 4:23 PM

*From the White Ribbon website*


Hollie Smith launches the 2016 White Ribbon Campaign with beautiful new single and video “Please

White Ribbon is pleased to announce that cherished iconic New Zealand soul songstress Hollie Smith, today launches the 2016 White Ribbon Campaign by releasing Please’, a song she has written in support of this years campaign.

Despite 2016 being an incredibly busy year, releasing latest album Water Or Goldtouring Australasia and nominations for Album Of The Year and Best Female Solo Artist at this Novembers VNZMA’s, the multi-award winning musician wasted no time in signing up to add her voice to the White Ribbon campaign.

Hollie has always maintained a highly respected reputation of creating music with the utmost integrity and passion and it was with these qualities in hand that she wrote Please. By generously giving her talents and time to writing and recording this song, specifically for White Ribbon, Hollie advocates her belief and support for this worthy cause.

Hollie Smith says “I am humbled to be involved in this year’s White Ribbon campaign and hope that the song and imagery we have created can in some small way, contribute and raise awareness to an issue that New Zealand urgently needs to address and prioritise”.

“I hope that the lyrics help to inspire, encourage strength, and provide support for those people who are in situations they feel are beyond their control, whether that’s the victim of violence or the person who knows no other alternative”, says Hollie.

Please’ is available for purchase from iTunes: CLICK HERE

All Artist Royalties proceeds will be donated to the White Ribbon Trust to help end men’s violence towards women.


‘PLEASE’ by Hollie Smith

We all fighting a battle that no one else can see

We all have our own reason, excuses we can’t release

We all need a haven, when all there is, is rain

We all need forgiveness to have our slates wiped clean

I wish I that I could tell you

I wish that you could hear

Oh I’m never gonna hurt you, always gonna be here

Never gonna turn my back

I wish that you could listen

Cause I know that you are strong

Oh I’m never gonna hurt you, always gonna be here

Know that you are not alone. Please

Only hold the burden, inherit all the shame

Refusing there’s a saviour, can’t let go of the blame

If the cycles keep on turning, you need to break free the chains

The scars may never leave you but there’s a spirit to reclaim

I wish I that I could tell you

I wish that you could hear

Oh I’m never gonna hurt you, always gonna be here

Never gonna turn my back

I wish that you could listen

Cause I know that you are strong

Oh I’m never gonna hurt you, always gonna be here

Know that you are not alone. Please

Where we don’t, cast any stone

No longer, know you’re alone

Holding feet to the fire, don’t walk this alone

You can change your fate

The annual White Ribbon Day is Friday 25th November. Following the success of the 2015 campaign, the focus of the 2016 November campaign is ‘Respectful Relationships’. Understanding that by saying Yes to Respect, and building on the awareness that a respectful relationship requires equality, communication and consent, is a powerful step towards stopping violence towards women.

“Most men treat women with respect,” says White Ribbon Ambassador Mark Longley, “but the biggest cause of violence is the belief that men have more rights and power than women. This campaign asks men to challenge those ideas and treat women how they would like to be treated, and let go of the feeling that we have to be in charge.”

The campaign also focuses on ‘male behaviour during conflict’ and demonstrates that communicating is key to a good relationship. “Conflict happens,” says Mr Longley, “but dealing with it respectfully makes all the difference.”

“We want to make the information on respect as accessible as possible, so we’ve also created a ‘Toolbox’ which contains practical tips on how to treat women equally, communicate respectfully and have a respectful sexual relationship. We see this work as a protection against violence, and we’re asking men to download the ‘Toolbox’ and then take The White Ribbon Pledge,” says Mr Longley.

Show your support for White Ribbon Day on Friday 25th November 2016.
Check out the campaign at to see what events are happening in your part of
New Zealand throughout November, and download your Toolbox now.


  • One in three women will experience partner violence at some point in their lives
  • Less than 20 percent of abuse cases are reported
  • Approximately 3,500 convictions are recorded against men each year for assaults on women
  • On average, 14 women a year are killed by their partners or ex-partners
  • Police attend over 100,000 family violence incidents a year – one every 5 minutes

Family violence accounts for half of all reported serious crime


  • Say yes to respectful relationships and no to violence towards women
  • Respectful relationships require equality, communication and consent
  • Violence is not just physical
  • Men are part of the solution
  • You can help fix this problem by taking The Pledge to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence towards women

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