Bay of Plenty Times 26 April 2012
Papamoa Beach residents upset with “unsavoury” nudists are meeting Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby tonight in an effort to solve the problem. The meeting is a standard Neighbourhood Watch meeting but will have special emphasis on efforts to remove nudists from the beach, resident Shaun Gallagher said. Mr Gallagher said the behaviour, which included homosexual activity, from nudists in the Sunbrae Grove area had become so offensive it had scared off residents. “As a result of what has been happening and the fact these people are appearing more and more bold and coming closer and closer to where we live on the beach … there are older ladies who just don’t go on the beach anymore,” Mr Gallagher said. “We feel what has happened here is totally inappropriate. “If they want to take their clothes off, try doing it at Mount main beach or Papamoa Palm Beach Plaza, see how far they can get.” The nude beach started more than 40 years ago and began when there were few residents nearby. Mr Gallagher said Papamoa Beach was now a family place
Residents’ meeting a ‘success’
Bay of Plenty Times 27 April 2012
A meeting with Tauranga’s mayor sparked by Papamoa residents concerned by nudist behaviour in their area has been labelled a success. The meeting was held last night after a call from residents in the Sunbrae Grove area fed up with offensive behaviour from nudists. This behaviour, mainly homosexual activity in sand dunes and excessive exhibitionism, had scared some residents away from using the beach or walking their dogs. Mayor Stuart Crosby, who was specially invited, said most people at the meeting were not upset with nudists providing they were discreet. “It wasn’t really ‘let’s ban nudists’. The problem they had was with those people who deliberately get up and parade in front of people in the beach, particularly with children,” Mr Crosby said. “Then there’s the higher level of sexual behaviour of some nudists on the beach and in the sand dunes.”
Residents draw line in the sand on nudity
Sunday Star Times 29 April 2012
….It’s a problem repeated at beaches around the country. Last month police were called after a man was photographed in a “state of arousal” on a Kapiti beach, and there has been a steady stream of complaints about gay sex on the beach at Rabbit Island in Nelson and Ladies Bay in Auckland. The stretch of beach near Sunbrae Grove at Papamoa has been known as a nudist spot since the 60s and used to be deserted farmland, but as development has encroached further, there have been more and more complaints. It is also a well-known gay meeting place.