Capital’s beaches open to nudists

The Dominion Post 30 September 2008

This summer could become a real eye-opener with nudists legally allowed to strut their stuff on Wellington beaches, including the golden sands of Oriental Bay. Wellington City Council spokesman Richard MacLean said the council had “quietly got rid of” an old bylaw that required beach-goers over the age of eight to wear swimming togs or clothes.

“There is a bit of topless sunbathing on Oriental Bay Beach but generally people tend to keep their swimming kit on when on busy beaches. “So the old bylaw was of no use and was not enforced by council staff. We don’t have apparel enforcement officers.” The move means the council has no bylaws on its books that expressly prohibit nudity – not just on beaches but anywhere in the city.