Council Should Protect Families From Beach Nudity

Media Release 26 April 2012
Family First NZ is supporting a call from concerned Papamoa residents for greater protection of families from nudity and sexual activity on Bay of Plenty beaches. Residents are holding a meeting tonight with the police and Council, and Family First has written to the Mayor of Tauranga Stuart Crosby asking for his support of the concerned families.

“Families are rightly concerned that they and their children may be confronted by full nudity and sexual activity in a public place,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “Freedom of expression must never be at the expense of the right to protect children and families from offensive and inappropriate behavior. We would not allow nudity or sexual activity in shopping centers or outside schools. Doing it on the beach where there are families is no different.”

“Families don’t want their children being confronted by naked men and women or ‘adult behaviour’. The rights of a small minority should not be at the expense of families feeling embarrassed or offended. It is completely inappropriate for children to be confronted with naked adults wandering past them, sunbathing, or couples having sex. It is not for families to ‘get out of the way’.”

ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) International’s New Zealand director Alan Bell said exposing a child to naked adults was “tantamount to abuse”.

“It appears that the police and Council are already aware of the residents’ concerns. It is time for action to protect children and families, and also tourists visiting the area who are unaware of the offensive behavior regularly happening at these locations.”

Family First is calling on Tauranga Council to amend the bylaws to clarify clearly that nudity and sexual activity are banned from public places. Kapiti Coast District Council passed a Beach Bylaw in 2009 containing a clause “No person shall remain upon any part of the beach in deliberate view of others in such a state of undress as to cause offence.”

“There’s a place for nudity, but it is certainly not on our main streets or beaches or sand dunes where families and children frequent,” says Mr McCoskrie. “These ‘show-ponies’ should be told to cover up and go home.”

Residents draw line in the sand on nudity
Sunday Star Times 29 April 2012
….It’s a problem repeated at beaches around the country. Last month police were called after a man was photographed in a “state of arousal” on a Kapiti beach, and there has been a steady stream of complaints about gay sex on the beach at Rabbit Island in Nelson and Ladies Bay in Auckland. The stretch of beach near Sunbrae Grove at Papamoa has been known as a nudist spot since the 60s and used to be deserted farmland, but as development has encroached further, there have been more and more complaints. It is also a well-known gay meeting place.


7 comments for “Council Should Protect Families From Beach Nudity

  1. Chuck Bird
    26 April 2012 at 2:38 pm

    There should be enough beach in New Zealand for genuine nudist clubs to lease beaches well away from built up areas. There could then be an complete ban on public nudity in built up area like Papamoa Beach.

    The problem is not genuine nudist but aggressive perverts – nearly always homosexuals.

    It appears that the militant homosexuals will always go out of their way to complain. A few days ago we had a couple of lesbians complaining about getting kicked out of a pub for objectionable behaviours. They got caught out when the pub produced a video.

  2. RRM
    26 April 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Since having children of my own, and learnign something of how they tick, I find I have ever-decreasing amounts of sympathy for arguments of the form “but what about THE CHILDREN?”

    Children have private parts of their own. Heaven forbid that they might see what adult ones look like…

  3. Bob
    26 April 2012 at 4:15 pm

    So no problem with your kids watching porn movies then? Or watching couples having sex?!

  4. Julie
    27 April 2012 at 12:03 am

    So glad to see you getting involved in this issue!
    Fortunately we live at the other end of Papamoa, but we accidentally ventured into the ‘nudist zone’ last week during a family walk.
    The first warning we had was the large spread-eagled man lying with his balls on display for everyone to see!
    We quickly called our kids, who had been running in and out of the dunes – and I’m so glad we did because we then saw several individual men peeking out from the dunes.
    Made us feel very uncomfortable – felt like perverts were watching us.
    I am shocked that the mayor thinks that this is OK – I thought genital nudity is still illegal in public areas!

  5. Chuck Bird
    27 April 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Julie, I do not know your mayor only what I read in the Herald. However, it seems that genital nudity is not illegal in public areas!

    It seems the solution is for Tauranga Council to amend the bylaws to clarify clearly that nudity and sexual activity are banned from public places similar to the one that the Kapiti Coast District Council passed a Beach Bylaw in 2009.

    There is a problem that if genuine nudist are given an area anywhere near the public the perverts take advantage of the situation.

  6. John Hebenton
    30 April 2012 at 5:13 pm

    This has been a nudist beach for over 40 years. And still is. Nudist have gone there so as to not be in shopping malls and public spaces. It is not one of the really popular beaches in Papamoa. If you are offended, go to that other 12 km of beach.

    I have little or no sympathy for people who have bought land and built houses near there, who are now complaining. If you do not want to see nudists, do not buy there and do not go to that beach.

    If you are offended by sexual ativity, call the police. Ii have not see any sexual activity, but then I don’t go looking for it. I just walk the dog up the beach.

  7. Nina
    30 April 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is just so shocking, what are people like. It seems that nothing is sacred or special anymore. I remember a while back some stupid woman with her breasts out at Mission Bay, I think it was a show like Campbell Live (which wouldn’t be surprising) but they actually filmed her with her top off, pretty much condoning what she was doing. What is wrong with people? New Zealand is getting way out of control, I get so upset watching television these days with all the nudity, sexual references and profanity that seem so acceptable, now people are doing this in reality too. It’s not just children this is offensive to, I hate seeing it, it’s a complete joke that so many people just ‘accept’ it. I’m pregnant with our first child and I’m so worried about raising them here where there doesn’t seem to be any social conscience.

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