AdvertisementsA short history of nudity in Aotearoa/New Zealand before 1914. In colonial times attitudes towards male nudity were quite relaxed in NZ. Males had considerable freedom to be naked in a public situation. Public opinion allowed males to swim without having to wear a swimming costume. In towns the social convention was to restrict this to beaches early morning or late evening, but this condition was often broken by young people. In country districts youths swimming in rivers simply swam naked without any restriction. The early swimming pools in towns provided segregated swimming and the practice was for men and
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