The key items - summarised
- No statute law in New Zealand expressly forbids nudity in a public place.
- Following the passing of the Summary Offences Act in 1981, Free Beaches NZ Inc. (originally the Free Beach Group, inaugurated in 1975), found that it was no longer necessary to press for designation of free beaches.
- In the wake of the 1991 High Court decision, a legal opinion drawn up for the Free Beach Group confirmed that mere nakedness was not grounds for prosecution. To be forensically 'offensive' an intent to offend must be proved.
- In the late 80s the Standards Association asked local bodies for their views on nude bathing. Of about 20 responses, all were in favour of the right to choose.
Free Beaches NZ liaises with authorities to protect and promote our legitimacy. We normally notify authorities of offensive behaviour.
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