Family First NZ is congratulating the Kapiti Coast District Council for listening to the concerns of families and including a specific bylaw outlawing public nudity on the coastline.
Councilor Diane Ammundsen has confirmed to Family First that the Beach Bylaw now contains a clause “No person shall remain upon any part of the beach in deliberate view of others in such a state of undress as to cause offence.”
“This is a victory for families, for decency, and for democracy,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ. “The councilors have listened and understood the concerns of the overwhelming majority of submitters to the proposed bylaw, have ignored the advice of officials to exclude such a provision, and have acted in the best interests of children and families.”
“The Kapiti Coast District Council deserve full credit for making this stand.”
Family First is calling on other Councils around the country to ensure that they have similar provisions to avoid uncertainty.
“We also challenge the Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington, and Christchurch City Councils who host the ‘Perv-fest’ otherwise known as the ‘Boobs on Bikes’ parade to understand that they can have bylaws which prohibit a level of undress which causes offence.”
“Freedom of expression must never be at the expense of the right to protect children and families from offensive and inappropriate behaviour,” says Mr McCoskrie.