Your View: Mowing the lawns in the nude

By Martine Rolls



A Tauranga man has to appear in court for allegedly mowing his lawns naked.

Andrew Pointon's earlier conviction for jogging naked in a public reserve in August last year was quashed on appeal in November by Justice Paul Heath.

Pointon then described Justice Heath's ruling as "momentous".

In cases of public nakedness, police refer to the Summary Offences Act 1981 and consider whether a person's action constitute obscene/indecent exposure, offensive behaviour, or disorderly behaviour.

In the case of lewd behaviour, they look to the Crimes Act.

Pointon organised a controversial Tauranga New Zealand World Naked Bike Ride in March 2012, which was criticised because it was viewed by Papamoa community members as provocative and offensive.

The website has a page on ettiquete.

It states: As a responsible online Naturist club, we fully support the generally accepted codes of etiquette that are observed in this country. 

It's important that people wishing to get naked in New Zealand behave appropriately. 

Just because it's legal to get naked almost anywhere around the water, that doesn't mean that it's advisable to do so without regard for other people's comfort and opinion.

Remember that the actions of one naked person can (and unfortunately sometimes do!) greatly affect the opinions of others towards naturists in general.

What do you think?

Is nudism/naturism okay, or do you think this goes too far? What do you think?

Leave a comment below and vote in the poll.

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- Bay of Plenty Times

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