A Dunedin man wants people to look past misconceptions of naturists, after police were called about him earlier this week.
On Monday, the man, who did not want to be named, was enjoying a warm day at Smaills Beach, as he has done many times throughout the year.
He was also naked.
He said there were women sunbathing topless on the beach while he was there.
But as he was leaving, a couple of police officers turned up and asked him what he was doing, and why.
‘‘Prior to the police arriving, my experiences with naturism on Smaills Beach have been completely positive,’’ he said.
The man said police were friendly, but suggested he find somewhere out of sight.
‘‘Unfortunately, what naturists have found in the past is that if you’re trying to stay out of sight, and people catch sight of you trying to stay out of sight, that’s when they think you’re up to something dodgy and call the police on you.’’
In New Zealand, there are no laws against being naked on public beaches, as long as it is an activity known to happen there.
Source: Otago Daily Times
Original publication 28 November, 2019
Posted on NatCorn 17th December 2019
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