Bathing laws prevented swimming along Marine Parade between the hours of 9am and 7pm.

In the 1800s and early 1900s, where you could bathe and what you could wear was tightly controlled – not only in New Zealand, but the rest of the world.

In terms of Western culture, Napier appears to have been especially prudish and strict (along with New Brighton in the South Island).

The Marine Parade beach was not a safe place to swim, even before the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake – but this did not stop the desire to take a refreshing dip in the Pacific