'A festival is the appropriate place to be naked' - says naturist

Drive 09/01/2018
Nude crowd. Credit: Getty.

It's not illegal to walk around naked in public. It's what you do while you're naked that can lead to charges.

Wendy Lowe, past president and spokeswoman for the NZ Naturist Federation joined Lloyd Burr on Summer Drive to discuss the ideas behind naturism and the fallout of the groping incident at Rhythm & Vines that occurred recently.

The naturist herself blames the past 20 years of television for our prudish responses to nudity.

Everything is covered up and pixelated and issues aren't spoken about.

"We're embarrassed by our bodies because we see 'perfect' Hollywood bodies in the media all the time," she says.

According to Ms Lowe, the best way to remove this stigma is by starting with our children. 

She says parents want their young kids to keep their clothes on. 

"Why make them put their clothes on? We're all born naked. Kids are natural naturists."

The Rhythm & Vines festival encouraged nudity amongst its attendees, rewarding nude waterslide users with $50 each, and Ms Lowe hopes this becomes more of a trend in New Zealand.

Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller was walking topless at R&V.

A festival is the appropriate place to be topless or naked.

Ms Lowe also educated host Lloyd Burr on the concept of "nude days" in the workplace, although we're unsure how well that would go down at RadioLIVE.

Listen to the full interview with naturist Wendy Lowe above.

Summer Drive with Lloyd Burr, weekdays from 3pm-6pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the ROVA app on Android and iPhone.