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Thursday, April 9, 2015

2016 INF Congress Update - April 2015

Update:

The Congress Steering Committee met together in Wellington recently, to collaborate on details and plans for the congress which is now just 18 months away.

While the Steering Committee carry out much of the required planning by email, Skype and their shared project management app called Asana, meeting together in one place is invaluable.

Considerable progress was achieved over the weekend which included visits to possible off-site accommodation for overflow options and briefings, including a workshop, with Wellington Naturist Club, who are hosting the Congress.
As hosts, Wellington Naturist Club is looking to present their club to the highest standard they possibly can. This is something that all clubs should also be looking to do with many of the Delegates travelling around our country before and after the Congress.
The Steering Committee left after a full weekend of discussions and meetings with even more tasks but reinvigorated, focussed and excited.
A promotional video of WNC has been created and streamed on both the NZNF and WNC website and a Facebook friendly version is also on our FB page.
Covered in further detail below are the Congress draft programme, roles and responsibilities of the Steering Committee  along with details of the areas that assistance is required in, so please read on.

Draft Programme:

Thursday 17 November
Opening Ceremony & Cultural welcome - approx. 4pm
Keynote/INF speeches
Media
Photographic Competition - for duration of Congress Dinner: Hangi
Friday 18 November Business Meeting
Dinner: Spit roast (WNC Catered)
Saturday 19 November Business meeting
Dinner: Gala Dinner/Dance (outside caterers)
Sunday  20 November Business session (if required)
Optional Excursion
Farewells 


How You Can Help...

Helpers are required leading up to and during the congress to ensure the event is a success and delegates enjoy themselves. So please let us know now in which area of expertise you would like to help.
Here are a few suggestions:

  • Catering – Morning/afternoon teas, breakfasts (continental), lunches, spit roast dinner
  • Hall setup – tables/chairs, meeting rooms
  • Club Works – Hygiene, spa/sauna/pool, refuse and recycling
  • Security/Traffic control
  • Registration
  • Delegate goodie bags
  • Drivers / Meet & greet
  • Marketing/Sponsorship
Contact Kay Hannam outlining your area of expertise, your own suggestions and how you would like to help: congress@gonatural.co.nz

Steering Committee Responsibilities:


Kay  –  Chair INF Liaison
Registration
Accommodation
Interpreters/Sound
Sponsorship

June Catering
Entertainment
Cultural

Donna Marketing/Promotions
Treasurer
Website
Hall setup/Decoration                        

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Recent NZNF Appointments

The New Zealand Naturist Federation has recently made two appointments to available Appointee positions.

Christine Bowers was appointed as the New Zealand Naturists Secretary at the December 28 AGM. Christine and her husband John have been members of Waikato Outdoor Society since 1996, and previously members of Rotota. They are also members of NUDVAN where Christine is the Secretary.


At the beginning of February, Andrew and Donna Miller were appointed to take over as Merchandise Officers for gonatural Products. They have been members of Auckland Outdoor Naturist Club since 2007. Together they will assure orders are dispatched promptly, new products are added, and the brand is promoted throughout the country.

For more information on the other Appointees and NZNF Executive, go to our website

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

gonatural Magazine Issue #232 March 2015

Editor's Letter:

Four years ago we published the first full colour edition of gonatural magazine. 
This March issue again, is almost totally dedicated to New Zealand naturism. The exception being a report from the French Federation of Naturism, announcing the passing of a true naturist icon - Christianne Lecocq.

During the New Year holiday period, the Hawkes Bay Naturist Club hosted the NZNF Festival of Naturism. ‘Rapere Film Festival’ was preceded by the Annual General Meeting, where a number of media prizes and awards were presented. 
NZNF Communications Officer, Donna Miller, reports on the activities held during the week-long festival and records also for gonatural, the valuable contribution Stan and Barbara Gartner have brought to naturism. 

One of the younger visitors attending the festival, took the opportunity to write of her own experiences of naturism ‘through the eyes of a teenager’. 

Meanwhile, back in the Mainland, and on a perfectly naked day in Mount Richmond Forest Park, Lynn Murphy, Dave Candler and a few friends explore this beautiful part of Marlborough.

More sunny days in Hawkes Bay with John Lowe and other free beach enthusiasts, while Possum continues his random ramblings, visiting further spectacular scenic areas in this sunny region. 

When Donna Miller (pictured at left) finds the time, I have no idea, but ‘health and wellbeing’ is first and foremost in her mind as she ticks off yet another half marathon. Read her thought-provoking article in which she expands on what you can do without clothes that will benefit your body and physical well-being.

Down south in Waitati near Dunedin, Paul Campion hosts clothing optional days and has news of naturist beaches in this region.

Check out the ‘What’s On’ directory, Page 29 and visit gonatural.co.nz for news of other events around the country. 

Our final items cover the first nude wedding at Bay of Plenty Sun Club, followed by the celebrations of 40 years in The Orchard. Finally, check out the Around & About column for short reports and further information.

So let’s go and enjoy some more of this beautiful summer!

Kay Hannam
Managing Editor

Monday, February 16, 2015

64th NZNF Naturist Festival - Pineglades, Rolleston 2015/16

Every year the NZNF holds a National Festival to coincide with their AGM.  The festival runs for 7 days from 28 December to 3 January with the host club presenting themed entertainment each day and evening.

The Festival is a chance to reconnect with old friends and to make some new ones…a time to relax and "reboot” enjoying clothes-free recreation together.

This year the 64th NZNF Festival will be hosted by Pineglades Naturist Club at their grounds in Rolleston, 20km from the centre of Christchurch.

Theme:

The theme for the festival this year is "Pineglades Rocks".


In the words of Christine Nee, Pineglades Naturist Club President and Festival Host, "Canterbury has been rocking and it's our Diamond Jubilee year and diamonds are rocks. There will be a bit of Rock'n'Roll and we are going to have a rocking good time!"

The programme will be exciting...as well as a full sports programme, there will be entertainment based on the Pineglades Rocks theme.

Facilities:

Pineglades' grounds are close to Rolleston with the township being just a 10 minute walk away. New World, Countdown, The Warehouse, cafés, restaurants etc. are all close by. But of course you won't need any of these because you will be too busy on the grounds at the Festival. The club is fully licensed with a well stocked bar and they will also have a shop with a range of items as well as their famous cone ice-creams.

Pineglades has a children's playground, three miniten courts, five pétanque piests, two tenequoits courts and a volleyball court. This year the indoor bowls will be held outdoors on the No.1 miniten court. They can get 6 mats on that court with plenty of room to play - they've tried it and it works very well.

Accommodation:

Unfortunately the club baches have already been booked out for the Festival, but there will be some members' baches and caravans available as well as lots of powered and non-powered sites for tents. Facilities include three toilets blocks, two shower blocks, and two kitchens.

Updates will be made with how plans are progressing and when you've registered you will get more detailed updates including the programme and what food items will be available from the shop.

So register now to be part of the rocking good fun and festivities at Pineglades Naturist Club and have some well-deserved R&R while you're there.

To find out more about the naturist community in New Zealand, check out our website gonatural.co.nz

For more information about "Pineglades Rocks" please email pineglades@gonatural.co.nz or Donna - NZNF Communications Officer communications@nznf.nz

Monday, January 12, 2015

Just Give it a Try - During "gonatural Week" 2015

The New Zealand Naturist Federation announces that “gonatural Week” will again be held throughout the country this year.

Each year during the last full week of January, the Federation holds gonatural Week to promote naturism and clothes-free recreation and the dates this year are 17th to 26th January. 


This gonatural Week, the New Zealand Naturist Federation is encouraging individuals, couples and families to “just give it a try” with many clubs around the country celebrating their lifestyle by inviting visitors to open days so they can discover the many benefits of naturism along with the facilities offered.

New Zealand Naturist Federation National President Wendy Lowe says, “This is your opportunity to experience the true benefits that being a naturist brings for good health and well being”. 

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

“From being close to nature, the newfound confidence you get about your body, to the stress relieving freedom that nude recreation brings, naturism is a holistic approach to healthy living that leads to an improvement in both physical and mental health stemming from a person feeling better about themselves and their body”, Wendy says.

But don’t just take our word for it. 

We hope that you can accept our invitation to visit one of the venues and have the opportunity to meet some members and better understand what naturism is all about. And once you have, you will wonder why you didn’t “just give it a go” years ago.

Wendy says “There is no pressure to undress – it is most important that you relax and have a good time”.

To find out more about the naturist community in New Zealand, check out our website gonatural.co.nz or for more information about ‘gonatural Week’ please email president@nznf.nz or communications@nznf.nz

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

For Health and Well-being...

Last weekend I completed a Half Marathon - my 7th in fact in as many years.

I am not a naturally sporty person and my time was no amazing feat. I am just a middle aged woman who is trying to look after herself and do something that challenges and stretches me, but that also isn't out of the realms of possibility. I walk my half marathons, I don't attempt to run them - even though many people well in advanced of my age do and good on them. 

Another thing I do for my physical health and well-being is get as much vitamin D as possible via sunshine while doing my normal daily activities - such as gardening or housework - while unclothed.

I am lucky because I can do some of my training walking around the roads of the naturist club that my husband and I belong to. It can get a bit repetitive and boring doing a number of the same 1.25km circuits, but it ticks both boxes - training and clothes-free recreation.

With my recent training, I have had the New Zealand Naturist Federation tag-line going over and over in my head..."For Health and Well-being"!

My body and mind benefit in so many ways - apart from the obvious.
  • I feel the breeze and sunlight on my skin - this frees my mind and makes me exhale and breathe out the stresses and concerns I've been holding on to;
  • I hear the birds chirping happily and see growth on the trees - this brings me close to nature and gives me an appreciation and respect for the circle of life;
  • I feel the freedom and release of not being trapped or bound by clothes - while I still have a purpose and am driven to achieve, I am liberated by the options and choices I can make;
  • A contentment washes over me - I am me, and I like me; I am blessed, and I am grateful;
Now I am not suggesting that everyone needs to get training for a half marathon. I am merely sharing some of the physical benefits that I've experienced to my health and well-being.

You could garden in the nude, do housework in the nude or even do your work-outs in the nude on your home equipment. 

Photo credit: Jeff Norman
Used with permission by the NZNF
In fact, did you know that the word "gymnasium" comes from the latinisation of the Greek word gymnos which means "naked", and in essence means "to train naked".

Even if you have physical challenges or limitations I believe there are many things you can do without clothes that will benefit your body and physical well-being.

So, whether working out, tidying up, or enjoying some well-earned downtime, why not consider doing it clothes-free...for your health and well-being.

Monday, November 10, 2014

gonatural Magazine Issue #231 December 2014

Editor's Letter:

Just Give it a TRY! This summer our enthusiastic Communications Officer, Donna Miller, kicks off the NZNF summer promotion by encouraging people to “just give it a go!” In fact at a recent function I was attending I was asked what brought me here, the surprising comment to my candid answer was “Oh, I’ve always wanted to give it a try”. Business cards were exchanged and a new friendship formed.

So where was this? I was attending the Tourism New Zealand Business Events Awards Dinner, held in the Mackelvie Gallery in the Auckland Art Gallery. My all expenses paid trip to Auckland was to join 38 other Conference Organisers to celebrate our successes, due in no small measure, to assistance provided by TNZ Business Events since its inception four years ago. Kerry Prendergast, Chair of Tourism New Zealand, introduced us to Stephen Joyce, Minister for Economic Development, who then presented each of us with a certificate. I also received a beautiful hand-crafted silver fern brooch. So join the steering team of June Campbell-Tong, Donna Miller and me and celebrate our successful bid to host the next INF Congress in New Zealand.

Some of us were lucky to spend time in Europe over the winter and if you look carefully at two of our articles, you will notice that Brent Anderson and Wendy and Nick Lowe visited the same naturist beach in Croatia during their European vacations. Our own travels brought us to many lovely naturist resorts in the South of France. Two months of friends, fun and food culminating in an emotional farewell from friends and family at L’Eglantiere. 

In New Zealand, in the north at Ngatuhoa, the annual summer camp held in January is an excellent way of recharging the batteries; and in Rotorua and surroundings you can explore some of the natural gems this wonderful area has to offer. 

One day last summer, Graham Macgregor and friends from the US, packed their lunch and went exploring - at Opoutere Beach - and what a beach! 

Now here’s a challenge. Auckland Outdoor Naturist Club is the only naturist 
club in New Zealand with its own gym. That sounds pretty good, as does the Oranui Games Nude Sports Tournament held at AONC during Auckland Anniversary Weekend. Another popular long weekend during the summer is Waitangi Weekend and the unique opportunity offered in February sounds like the place to meet up in the Far North. Check out other options for Waitangi Weekend and many other summer events in ‘What’s On’.

And for those of you who are on Facebook, ‘like’ our pages and share our posts with all your friends from here and overseas. 

Kay Hannam
Managing Editor