Media Release 8 Sep 2014
Family First NZ is writing to the Minister of Police Anne Tolley to ask her to have the Commissioner of Police review the decision of the police and Hawke’s Bay area commander Inspector Tania Kura not to prosecute the female streaker at the All Blacks game during the weekend.
“The decision by the police not to prosecute sends a dangerous message to copycats who also want their minute of fame. Families are rightly concerned that they and their children may be confronted by full nudity in a public place,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“This was a family event attended by thousands of families and viewed by a worldwide audience. This case sets a dangerous precedent and means that families are more likely to be confronted by offensive and inappropriate behavior in public places where they should feel safe about taking their children.”
Family First also notes that a man who streaked through the All Blacks Test in Dunedin in July was charged.
Family First is also critical of the media for their extensive visual coverage of the event.
“The best way to shut down these ‘show-ponies’ is to ignore them. Our understanding was that this was the policy being adopted by the media,” says Mr McCoskrie.
Family First has been calling on the government to amend the Crimes Act and Summary Offences Act to clarify the rules around public nudity to avoid any doubt and repeats of these types of events.
“The police should stop covering up offensive behaviour.”