Kurt Bayer is a Herald reporter based in Christchurch

Tackled All Blacks streaker breaks even with $500 fine

Video of the streaker who was tackled during the test match in Dunedin is a hit on YouTube. Photo / Getty Images
Video of the streaker who was tackled during the test match in Dunedin is a hit on YouTube. Photo / Getty Images

The streaker who was crash-tackled during an All Blacks match last month for a $500 bet has broken even today after being fined $500 at court.

Christchurch builder Adam Holtslag, 28, appeared before a Justice of the Peace at Christchurch District Court charged with offensive behaviour.

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

Watch: Streaker tackled by security


Police prosecutor Fiona Roberts told the court that Holtslag did it for a $500 bet.

After he was "apprehended" by security and taken to the sidelines, he told them, "It was worth it."

A Justice of the Peace told him today that "half of New Zealand" saw his performance, and that it was "offensive to an awful lot of people".

He fined him $500 plus court costs.

Outside court, Holtslag said it "definitely wasn't worth it" - when he told police afterwards that it had been, it was "still drunk".

He wants to now put the incident behind him, saying the media attention he's received has been "ridiculous".

"It's not worth the stress," he said.

Footage of the tackle by security guard Brad Hemopo, himself a Canterbury rugby player, went viral on the internet, and divided opinion over the "king hit" went too far.

Days later, Holtslag himself told APNZ that while he was left nursing sore ribs from "a bit of a cheap shot", he doesn't want to take the matter any further.

"It was a good hit, eh?" he said.

But today he said he had a fractured rib and was "still a bit sore".

He still holds no ill will towards Hemopo: "It's all over now."

Watch: Streaker tackle defended


Holtslag recalls the incident clearly, but he "didn't see that [tackle] coming at all".

"I wasn't going to resist or anything. As soon as they got me, I went along with it."

He had travelled to the game with five mates, and earlier in the day watched the Nude Blacks v England naked game.

He's now hoping his mates will cough up to pay his $500 fine imposed by the stadium.

Holtslag was also banned from there for two years.


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