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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Just give it a try...

Remember as a young child . . . the seemingly endless days of summer; the sprinkler going in the backyard; off come your clothes; the squeals of delight as you run through the water; jumping in the puddles; the feel of water, sun and breeze on your bare skin; the innocent fun and pure joy . . .

Maybe now as an adult . . . you dress at the last minute before leaving home; enjoying the lasting warmth of the shower; the kiss of air against your skin; lingering for as long as possible; the blissful feeling of being free from entrapments and stress . . .

To say life is busy is an understatement - it can be downright hectic even overwhelming at times. Work and leisure pull us several ways at once demanding every bit of energy and offering little or no respite or reward in return.

How recently have you just wanted to shake off the burdens and pressures of life, throw caution to the wind and experience that real freedom and pure innocent joy, of life as a child again?

Perhaps you have enjoyed a late night skinny-dip at the beach or taken advantage of a secluded spot at the river and gone for a quick swim and topless lie in the sun?

Naturism, nudism, skinny-dipping! It might have many names but just one meaning…non-sexual nudity and nude recreation!

You can shed the stresses of life, along with your clothes, and experience the many benefits of naturism which are wide and varied. From physical and mental health benefits; to therapy, stress release, pure freedom, and a sense of well-being; along with increased confidence and self esteem and also a connection with nature and natural vitamin D.

"Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, linked to self-respect, tolerance of differing views together with respect for the environment”.  
- International Naturist Federation 

The New Zealand Naturist Federation aims to promote nude recreation and non-sexual nudity as a healthy, natural and freeing lifestyle.

You do not have to be a member of any organisation to be a naturist. You could start around your home - gardening nude in the backyard if it's private or vacuuming inside without're going to get warm anyway! 

But there are three options available if you do want to join an existing NZNF affiliated organisation and experience naturism with like minded people: 

  • Free Beaches NZ Inc - No, it’s not illegal. All around our country are many recognised clothes free/optional beaches, rivers, and hot springs where you can relax or throw a frisby without clothes. Have you experienced the benefits and pleasures of sunlight, air and water on your whole body - in the wide expanse of nature? Free Beaches New Zealand Inc is the society which exists in order to defend the rights of skinny-dippers, beach naturists and all people who love to “go natural” in the great outdoors.  
  • NZ Naturists - Is a group administered by the NZNF for people who want to experience the freedom of nude recreation but may not be ready to join a club or there isn't one close by. Members receive a quarterly newsletter advising events around the country and a subscription to gonatural magazine. A NZNF membership card with INF sticker introduces you to naturist clubs around NZ and the world. 
  • NZNF Clubs - Around the country there are 17 NZNF affiliated clubs which have their own grounds, facilities and often accommodation. Many have courts for volleyball, miniten - a smaller version of tennis - swimming pools and spas. Social and sporting events are regularly scheduled at clubs and facilities like a clubhouse mean you can go indoors when the weather is bad. To visit a club, you can contact them via links on our website.

For more information on naturism in New Zealand, or answers to questions you might have, go to the FAQ Page on our website or contact us at

So this summer, whether at home, at a beach or a club...just give it a try! You will not be disappointed with how set free and wonderful you feel.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

4 Reasons - But there's more...much much more!

In just a week the 2014 INF Congress will begin in Ireland. The New Zealand Naturist Federation have submitted a bid to host the 2016 INF Congress in our wonderful country and we are hopeful of and thankful for the support of all the International Federations.

There are so many reasons why the New Zealand Naturist Federation should be chosen as the next host of the INF-FNI Congress 2016, but let's just start with a few...

Reason #1: Our stunningly beautiful country! 
New Zealand is on top of many most desired places to visit lists, and is it any wonder why! 
From majestic mountains, and pristine lakes, to awesome native forests and breathtaking beaches...New Zealand has it all.

Reason #2: We have New Zealand Tourism right behind us helping to bring visitors to our country and to make the 2016 Congress a huge success.

Reason #3: Our 17 naturist clubs and 3 naturist parks in great locations and with friendly and welcoming members for accommodation while pre/post Congress touring.
Plus David our ITO Travel Arranger who will assist with all your arrangements.

Reason #4: A Steering Committee dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic to providing a professional and memorable event with no detail missed...and they have the support of 1500 NZNF members!

Like we said, these are just a few of the many reasons why a World Naturist Congress would be spectacular in New Zealand!

We thank you all once again for your support and hope to soon be announcing news of our success!  

Regards naturally,

Friday, August 15, 2014

gonatural Magazine Issue #230 September 2014

Editor's Letter:
Earlier this year, Joyce Fleming died peacefully at her home in Christchurch. The Service to Celebrate Joyce’s life was held on 31st May during which Mike Ward, President of Free Beaches NZ, presented ‘A Tribute to Joyce Fleming’ and this is featured as our leading article.
Joyce was a quiet force to be reckoned with. ‘An inspiring woman’ pretty well sums her up, with a passion for a natural environment and creating change where she thought necessary. We didn’t always agree of course, but Joyce always presented her ideas in a quiet and convincing manner.
There were numerous ‘causes’ where Joyce’s enthusiasm and passion made a tremendous difference to Pineglades Naturist Club, including introducing the game of miniten!
The presentation of a grounds management plan which incorporated the beautiful arboretum which has given so much pleasure to members and visitors alike, was due in no small measure to Joyce’s thorough research and dedication to ensure the plan was followed through.
However it was on the promotion front where Joyce excelled; ‘collaborating’ with many others over the years, with several ideas to encourage others, particularly women, to enjoy clothes free living.
One of her promotional coups, was in NZ Women’s Weekly, but oh dear, the headline ‘I’m a Nudist Nana’ did not go down well at all!
Before she became proficient with her computer, we would spend hours on the telephone "rabbiting on" as she was known to do. Joyce contributed numerous articles for gonatural magazine. Always looking for a new "angle" her creative contributions were a delight to read. Even at 86 years of age. Members of the New Zealand Naturist Federation and readers of gonatural magazine join me in extending our sincere condolences to Joyce’s extended family and to Bert.
Check out the Polar Plunge feature in this issue. There were so many people getting their kit off and celebrating the Winter Solstice this year, and we received some super photos too! Your contributions are very much appreciated. Many thanks also to all our wonderful advertisers and readers who continue to support gonatural magazine.
Thanks to the support and resources of Tourism New Zealand, and the sterling efforts of June Campbell-Tong and Donna Miller, I will travel to Ireland in September and attend the INF Congress. As Steering Committee Chair, my role is to present a submission on behalf of the NZNF to host the 2016 International Congress of Naturism in New Zealand.
Is mian liom luck maith.

Monday, May 19, 2014

gonatural Magazine Issue #229 June 2014

Editor's Letter:
In our previous issue of gonatural Magazine, we brought you the exciting news that the NZNF had formally written to the International Naturist Federation, expressing its desire to hold the INF World Congress 2016 at the grounds of Wellington Naturist Club.

Now, with the support and resources of Tourism New Zealand and Absolutely Positively Wellington, the steering team have the added bonus of professional mentors assisting them to do everything possible to bring the congress and delegates to our country.
In this day and age the website is an important aspect of your organisation’s promotion. NZNF Internet Coordinator, Hans van Asperdt, provides some tips on how to improve your organisation’s website.
Irene Begg was one of fourteen intrepid naturists who journeyed in convoy in 4WD vehicles into the remote Te Urewera National Park. While on the West side of the North Island, Taranaki Naturist Club, thanks to support from Percy Cousins Trust, celebrated the installation and opening of their new swimming pool.
NUDVAN’S Mystery Safari included visits to the Hare Krishna Temple, Crystal Mountain and Counties Sun Club. Counties club also celebrated a milestone during their 40th anniversary in February of this year.
The annual visit by the Hash House Harriers to Te Marua drew a good assembly of fit ‘geriatrix’ all enjoying Wellington Naturist Club’s great hospitality and facilities.
South now with Skinny Dip Tours and a gaggle of ‘Aussies’ visiting many of New Zealand’s iconic scenic attractions in the ‘Mainland’, stopovers at all the smaller clubs in the ‘deep south’, and beginning and ending at Pineglades.
Still in the ‘deep south’ on the Naked Overlanders Trek with Will and Shirley Fraser and Possum. Possum writes "I got to spend a whole stack of quality time with close friends doing what we love most." Regrettably, Will Fraser died suddenly in March of this year. He was a man of character and a character of a man.
Sun, sea, food and good company. A combination which ensures that the Nude Adventure in Marlborough is a great annual event. The BBQ CAT was choice of vessel this year and the trip into the Marlborough Sounds had everyone, including Janie, who wrote about her own experience, thinking about next year’s event.
February’s full moon shone on a good number of ‘Freddy Bares’ as they dashed into a cool Pacific. Joyce Fleming added her usual flair and contributed a song to celebrate the joyous occasion.
We’re a busy lot in the ‘Mainland’ and the Orchard Sun Club in Central Otago is no exception. The annual K-Cup Yankee Miniten Tournament and World Naked Bike Ride were both held in Middlemarch in the middle of March.
Many thanks to all our wonderful contributors and readers who continue to support gonatural magazine.
Keep smiling, keep warm.
Kay Hannam
Managing Editor

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

35th International Congress of Naturism

Every two years the International Naturist Federation (INF) have a World Congress which is hosted by different Federations around the world. In September 2014, the INF and Delegates will meet at a village called Drumshanbo in Ireland.   

We are excited to announce that the NZNF are in the process of submitting a bid to host the 2016 World Congress of Naturism here in New Zealand at Wellington Naturist Club on the dates of November 16th to 20th.

The Steering Committee for the NZNF bid comprises of Kay Hannam, June Campbell-Tong and Donna Miller who report to Ken Mercer (Wellington Naturist Club President) and Wendy Lowe (NZNF President). 

The weekend of 22nd and 23rd March saw the Steering Committee meet together at WNC to brainstorm ideas, discuss progress and take video footage around the club in Wellington. 

Kay Hannam and June Campbell-Tong had met the previous day with Tourism New Zealand and Absolutely Positively Wellington so had some extremely exciting news to share regarding the support of these organisations and their offer of collateral and funding to ensure we win the honour of hosting the 2016 Congress.

TNZ are so excited about our proposed bid and about working with us and want to do everything possible to assist us in bringing the congress and delegates to our country.

As well as funding, they have offered the guidance and assistance from an Events Manager (or Professional Conference Organiser) along with professional promotional/marketing collateral and a DVD presentation to Delegates at the 2014 Congress in Ireland. TNZ are putting a complete video presentation together along with professional, stunning footage and images of New Zealand scenery and will freight this and all promotional material to Ireland.

We are blown away by the support that TNZ are offering and look forward to working with them and gleaning all the information and assistance they can provide so that our bid, and hopefully the 2016 Congress, will be the most successful possible. I’m sure you will understand and appreciate how this generous assistance has inspired us greatly and boosted our anticipation and expectation for submitting the NZNF bid.

From registration to venue facilities and accommodation options - our plan is to have a world-class business event and cultural experience. We aim to make travel information and bookings for attendees professional and easy - with no detail missed.

The next step in this process is for a financial feasibility study to be conducted then TNZ will prepare and produce the bid document and logo/banner design, along with the DVD, brochures and collateral packs.

We are currently working on the theme for the congress as being "Naturist Tourism" and this is a big opportunity in our country and worldwide, so we are hoping for additional ideas and concepts from TNZ.

The steering committee are in overdrive meeting with the appropriate mentors and preparing everything required for the bid - although an enormous amount of work has been lifted off our shoulders which will make our work as keen volunteers a lot easier and the result more professional.

As with any team, we need the support of all naturists in New Zealand so there are many ways that you and your club can help. 
  • We want to include a product unique or known to each region in the Welcome Packs for the Delegates. You might know of something or have contacts to a supplier and this will be invaluable to us.
  • Some of the Delegates and Council might arrange to stay at your club en-route to the Congress or as they travel around the country afterwards. You could provide your own short video, Powerpoint presentation or photos of your club facilities that we can include in information being provided to them via newsletters and email communication. 
  • We have 28 months until the congress so you should start working on and implementing a plan for upgrading areas around your club to a more international standard for the visitors.
  • If you have ideas on our Naturist Tourism theme or have contact with someone well known (or better still, internationally recognisable) who would be a great keynote speaker along this theme, that would be very much welcomed.
A Facebook page has been set up to keep you informed with our ideas and plans - "like" it and share it with your networks so you can be updated as things happen.

Please join with us and assist us with this very important project to bring the - “35th International Congress of Naturism” to New Zealand on 16th to 20th November 2016.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Turning Tide...?

Today I received and saved another media story on the topic of naturism.

Each year at their AGM, the NZNF presents a number of Press Prizes and one of the awards is for Best Article selected from non-naturist media, so for this purpose I ensure a copy of all media stories on naturism are kept on file.

This year the file is growing at an astonishing rate, but not for the reasons that you might think. 

So far, nine non-naturist media stories have been added and they are all, on the whole, positive. One has a very disappointing headline - which has been addressed with the newspaper involved - but all the journalists have displayed a good understanding in the content of the article of genuine naturists and the naturist lifestyle.

Two journalists have even written of their own recent experiences at a club or naturist park and one of those stories has so far made it into two major newspapers around the country - in the Escape section of one newspaper and in the "LIFE" lift-out magazine in the other! 

They say the best form of advertising is word of mouth. No price can pay for the sort of exposure stories like this can get us. And, without prompting, they recognised the place for such an article is in lifestyle sections like "escape" and "life". This goes right along with some of the philosophies we try to explain that naturism is about and we couldn't have put it better! 

In years gone past, a lot of the articles have been around tensions at recognised clothing optional beaches where recently arrived residents have been up in arms about the nude beach-goers. And last year there were very few media stories at all.

So what can we read into the spate of more positive, almost inquisitively themed, stories?

It might be too soon to say, but I would love to think that there is a turn in society towards tolerance of all people and all lifestyles. That even though naturism is not necessarily something everyone wants to take part in, that those who do are not shunned or thought of as weird or even perverts. 

Regardless of how long this current "love affair" with the media continues, the NZNF intends to make the most of their seeming understanding and acceptance towards naturism. 

We will continue to call them on misleading headlines and incorrect content, but we will also acknowledge and thank them when they get it right and regard the subject with objective intelligence and thoughtfulness.

So, what do you think? Are we seeing the start of a turning tide...? 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What Does Naturism Mean To You?

Naturism, nudism, skinny-dipping, clothes-free! It might have a lot of names but just one meaning…nude recreation! Non-sexual nudity.

What words would you use to describe what naturism means to you? 

You don't have to use the same words as everyone else - each person and their experience is real and unique to them.

Membership to a club doesn't mean that you're suddenly a naturist. And just because you prefer to only go without clothes at home doesn't mean that you aren't. 

It is not important whether you stroll along a nude beach or garden au naturel with the sun on your skin and the breeze in your hair. 

What is important is the freedom you feel and the benefits - which are numerous - that you discover in your body and mind. 

Why not share the words you would use to describe what naturism/nudism/clothes-free means to might help someone to find their own words of what naturism means to them.