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Sunday, December 23, 2012

61st NZNF Rally


The New Age of Aquarius is here...

Every year the New Zealand Naturist Federation holds an annual rally to coincide with their AGM.  The Rally runs for 7 days from 28 December to 3 January and includes a full sports programme, with trophies fiercely fought for, and the host club presents themed entertainment each day and evening.

This year the 61st NZNF Rally will be hosted by Wellington Naturist Club at their grounds in Te Marua, Upper Hutt.

The theme for the this year's Rally is "A New Age of Aquarius". We farewell the last Age of Pisces and welcome in the new Age of Aquarius – looking back at the last Age, celebrating the food, fashion, and the music, then looking ahead to what the New Age of Aquarius might bring. The programme is exciting and there is an activity day and night to suit every "child of universe".

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

We want to promote a positive awareness of naturism both locally and nationally. As part of "imagining the future" we want to look at where we, as naturists, might be in the future. We hope to see interested naturists at the Festival in Wellington and look forward to heralding the "New Age of Aquarius" with you.

To find out more about the naturist community in New Zealand, check out our website www.gonatural.co.nz. For more information about the 61st NZNF Rally please contact either Ken Mercer (Festival Co-ordinator) via email registrations@wellingtonnaturists.co.nz or Donna Miller (NZNF Communications Officer) on 027 4800052 or nznf.pro@gonatural.co.nz.

Monday, November 26, 2012

gonatural - December Issue #223 out now!


Hot off the press...the latest issue of gonatural Magazine has just hit letterboxes and magazine stands around the country! 

In this edition there are lots of stories and news from clubs and organisations around New Zealand as well as insights from the recent INF World Congress held at Koversada in Croatia. 

From club improvements and rejuvenation to celebrating milestones with a bang; from enjoying the great outdoors clothes-free to visiting historic gardens - the stories in this issue abound and there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

So make sure you pack this in your travel or beach bag this summer and even if you've finished reading it by then there will be something else you will get from reading it second time around!

To subscribe to receive either the printed or digital edition you can do that here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The New Age of Aquarius is almost here...

It's a little over seven weeks until naturists from around the country, and some from around the world, get to reunite in Wellington at the 61st NZNF Rally

Every year the New Zealand Naturist Federation holds an annual rally to coincide with their AGM.  The rally runs for 7 days from 28 December to 3 January each year and includes a full sports programme, with trophies fiercely fought for, and the host club puts on entertainment each day and evening.

This year the Rally will be hosted by Wellington Naturist Club at their grounds in Te Marua, Upper Hutt.

The theme for the Rally is "A New Age of Aquarius"...come and celebrate with us as we farewell the last Age of Pisces and welcome in the new Age of Aquarius. 
We will be looking back at the last Age, celebrating the food, the fashion, the music, and then looking ahead to the New Age of Aquarius.

The Festival will be a chance to reconnect with old friends, make some new ones, a time to "reboot" and time to imagine what the new era could be like...and New Years Eve is going to be a blast.

The programme is exciting...from surfing hippies and Lady Gaga to Radio Gaga...there is an activity day and night to suit every "child of universe".
We want to promote a positive awareness of naturism both locally and nationally. As part of "imagining the future" we want to look at where we, as naturists, might be in the future.

There is still time to register...you can download a registration form here or contact registrations@wellingtonnaturists.co.nz for more information.

We hope to see you in Wellington and look forward to heralding the "New Age of Aquarius" with you.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Go Natural - During 'gonatural Week'



Typically the words ‘go natural’ bring thoughts of not colouring or straightening hair to mind. But to many people those same words mean an opportunity to experience the stress relieving freedom that nude recreation brings.

New Zealand Naturist Federation announces “gonatural Week” will be held nationwide from 20th ~ 28th October. This annual week begins on Labour Weekend, which generally signals to New Zealanders the beginning of the warmer weather.

Naturism is by definition "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”. 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.

But don’t just take our word for it.

Naturist clubs throughout the country will be celebrating their healthy lifestyle by holding various events during the week. Some clubs are holding open days inviting individuals, couples and families to visit and discover the many benefits of naturism for good health and well being - but there is no obligation to get undressed.

We hope that you can accept our invitation to visit one of these venues and have the opportunity to meet some members and to better understand what naturism is all about. And once you have, you will wonder why you didn’t ‘gonatural ‘ years ago.

To find out more about the naturist community in New Zealand, check out our website www.gonatural.co.nz or for more information about ‘gonatural Week’ please contact Donna Miller nznf.pro@gonatural.co.nz

Monday, August 20, 2012

gonatural - September Issue #222 out now!

Another eagerly anticipated issue of gonatural Magazine, packed full of interesting articles and photos, is now available.

In this issue we look ahead to the warmer months and particularly gonatural Week in October where we showcase and promote clothes free recreation. Donna, the NZNF Communications Officer, gives hints and advice for club open days and how to make the most of the opportunities provided during this annual nationwide promotion. 

Articles from around New Zealand feature in the magazine with the story of a "good southern bloke - naturally" in the magestic Central Otago region ; stories of the Bay of Plenty Sun Club members and their trip to Rainbow Mountain in the Rotorua region; The Orchard participating in World Naked Bike Ride - Otago style; and Cantabrians also have a few stories of their own after a large group bared all at Spencerville Beach.

From around the world we bring the story of walkers taking part in the 'Bay to Breakers' 12km fun run in San Francisco naked; and also an article and photos from a well known UK naturist photographer.

You can subscribe online to receive the printed version of this beautiful magazine by mail or if you prefer a digital version this can also be ordered online. The publication is also available at specialty magazine stores nationally.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Spring has (almost) Sprung...

Today we welcomed the 1st of August. 

If you go by calendar months we are now two thirds of the way through winter - a very uplifting thought indeed. 
The very early signs of spring are out there - the smell of grass and onion weed; daffodil about to open; trees and shrubs beginning to bud; and lambs cavorting in the paddocks. 


With that in mind I'm sure you feel heartened that the end of winter is now in sight and you can put your thoughts towards making plans for the summer.

So let us help you with some ideas and links to start your search for places where you can head to and options for the perfect summer getaway.

Firstly, and probably most importantly, there is the 61st NZNF Rally. Every year, the NZNF (New Zealand Naturist Federation) holds an annual rally to coincide with their Annual General Meeting.  The rally runs for 7 days from 28 December to 3 January and includes a full sports programme and the host club puts on entertainment each day and evening. 
This year the rally is being hosted by the wonderful and talented members at Wellington Naturists (Inc.)
It is shaping up to be a fantastic festival and their theme is "A New Age of Aquarius". They would love you to join them in celebrating the food, fashion and music of the last Age of Pisces, and welcome in the New Age of Aquarius, looking ahead to imagine what that could be like.

Next, order a copy of Holidays NZnaturally for a comprehensive guide to accommodation and camping options for all New Zealand naturist and naturist-friendly homestays, B&Bs, clubs and resorts. This recently updated booklet, compiled by Kay Hannam (co-owner of Wai-natur and editor of gonatural magazine) includes details, up to date contacts, maps and directions for places to spend your next naturist holiday. The guide is available in print, on CD, and also as an e-guide and can be ordered online or by sending a cheque to the address on their contact page.

The NZNF website has links to the individual websites of naturist clubs and locations around New Zealand. Follow those links to make enquiries directly with the club secretary or resort regarding camping or cabin (where available) accommodation options and availability. 

If you are thinking of heading further afield (overseas), then check out the INF's (International Naturist Federation) website. This site has links to naturist locations, resorts and clubs all around the world

So chase any lingering winter blues away with thoughts and plans for a wonderful summer. Reconnect with old friends at the Rally or make some new ones by staying at a club you haven't visited before. But most importantly, take some time out to reboot and recharge yourself naturally.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Holidays NZnaturallly - Now Available

So it's winter. The lawns aren't growing that fast and the pruning is done; the fire is roaring and you have a lovely cup of tea beside you as you lounge in your comfy armchair. You're dreaming of sunny days and remembering warmer times.  
Why don't you plan your next New Zealand naturist holiday while you have all that spare time!

Holidays NZnaturally - a comprehensive booklet on accommodation and camping options for all New Zealand naturist and naturist friendly homestays, B&Bs, resorts and clubs - is now available.


Recently updated, this publication is available in printed format, as an e-guide (PDF format) and now also on CD. The guide includes up to date contact details, maps and directions on where to spend your next naturist holiday.

Order your copy online now and don't just dream of sunny days...plan for them.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

61st NZNF Naturist Festival - Wellington 2012/13


Every year, the NZ Naturist Federation holds an annual rally to coincide with the Annual General Meeting.  The rally runs for 7 days from 28 December to 3 January each year and includes a full sports programme, with trophies fiercely fought for.  In addition, the host club puts on entertainment each day and evening.

In 2012-13 the 61st NZNF Rally will be hosted by Wellington Naturist Club.

Come and celebrate as we farewell the last 'Age of Pisces' and welcome in the 'New Age of Aquarius'. 

We will be looking back at the last Age, celebrating the food, the fashion, the music, and then looking ahead to the New Age of Aquarius. 

The Festival will be a chance to reconnect with old friends, make some new ones, a time to "reboot" and time to imagine what the new era could be like. New Years Eve is going to be a blast. 

Wellington Naturist Club have a dedicated festival committee working on an exciting programme, with plenty of activities during the day and evening - the Programme will be available shortly.

We want to promote a positive awareness of naturism both locally and nationally. As part of "imagining the future" we want to look at where we, as naturists, might be in the future.

For as little as $150 p/person ($140 p/person if paid in full by 31 October 2012) you can treat yourself to a wonderful holiday from 28 December 2012 until 3 January 2013 on the Wellington Naturist Club grounds at Te Marua, Upper Hutt.

Register and pay in full by 31 October 2012 and pay only $140 p/person, plus go into a draw for a free festival.

Click here for a registration form.

- Ken Mercer (Festival Co-ordinator)






Monday, May 28, 2012

gonatural - June Issue #221 out now!

The much anticipated and eagerly awaited June issue of gonatural magazine is now available.


You will love the mix of articles featured with accompanying photographs in this mid-year edition - and all of them are about New Zealand.


Two are from the most southern clubs in New Zealand - in fact Southern Sun is the southern most naturist club in the World! And it’s always great to receive naturist travel articles - The Ozzie Travellers, Skinnydip Tours and ex-pat Ross Reid all bring you their own experiences in New Zealand. 


A weekend with BoP Naturists and the annual Nudie Foodies Sounds Adventure are brought to you by regular writers for gonatural while the Blenheim Sun kindly allowed us to bring you a report on the annual Nude Golf International. There are also articles and photos from recent World Naked Bike Rides in NZ.


You can subscribe online to receive the printed version of this beautiful magazine by mail or if you prefer the digital version this can also be ordered online. The magazine is also available at specialty magazine stores.




Wednesday, May 16, 2012

We're Social Creatures...!


We are social creatures. But being a social creature doesn't just mean having heaps of friends - it indicates having a reliance on others for many aspects of our lives. For example the food we eat being grown, packaged and distributed by others; the house we live in being built by a raft of tradesmen; and also the things that we're interested in drawing us to seek out others with similar interests. 

Social media connects us with the people around us who are interested in the same things that we are and also the organisations who can provide an avenue for those interests. 

Just as we might communicate with each other in different spoken languages, we each have different preferences of the social networks we engage with. Not everyone is a Facebook user and not everyone "tweets". 

"It's not what you know; It's not who you know; It's who knows you..." - Anonymous 

The NZNF is serious about getting as many people as possible to "know" us and to reach and engage with these people via their preferred media. Our goal is to connect to people in New Zealand and all over the world who are interested in the naturist lifestyle and to promote it extensively.
Currently we engage with people in 4 different avenues apart from this blog:

A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is – it is what consumers tell each other it is.” - Scott Cook, Co-founder of Intuit
So engage with us and share us with those interested in similar things. We will keep bringing you naturist news of interest via various social networks, because we are after-all...social creatures.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Summer is going - so what now?

Summer is going, so what now?

Do we just hide away until the temperatures have returned to a level more compatible with the naturist lifestyle? No, definitely not.

There are so many opportunities and ways to continue clothes free activities in winter too - and planning your next naturist escape is just one of them. You could take a trip to a resort in northern Australia, or go even further afield to a naturist location in Europe.

OR you could get adventurous in your own back yard!

Many naturist clubs in New Zealand have regular spa or sauna afternoons/evenings, and lots have themed fancy dress social events - both of which are great ways to socialise, meeting new people, whiling away those winter hours. Then there's always the cheeky mid-winter swim! Check out the list of "what's on" featured on our website.

Those who live near Auckland have the benefit of the Parakai Springs Naturist Night (the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month) or the Palm Springs Hot Pool and Spa Night (the last Saturday of each month) towards Helensville - north-west of the city.

A long weekend or week stay at a club or naturist resort like Katikati Naturist Park or at a B&B like Wai-natur  gives the opportunity for a change of scenery along with comforts like spas or saunas close at hand. Check out the list of locations around New Zealand on our website.

And closer to home, why not work on ways you can create "hot spots" in your own space so that you can enjoy the freedom of wearing no clothes even while the rain is pouring outside? You could cover in a patio or terrace with plastic "curtains" and instal a standing outdoor heater or gas run brazier? The feeling of liberation enjoying the warmth against your skin while outside it's freezing. Make the house super warm and invite friends around for a mid-winter luncheon and games afternoon.

Gardening and doing physical outdoor jobs will keep you warm even on a sunny winter's day - so do it without clothes and it will warm your heart as well.

Whatever you do, the fun is not over. We might have to take it indoors for a while and swap a cold beer and crisp wine for hot chocolate and mulled wine, but there is much you can still do.

Although you can't beat lying on a beach soaking up the sun, that isn't all naturism is about. It's a year round lifestyle - a way of life, a state of being - and we are creative people who can adjust to the conditions. Don't ask "what now?" but "why not!" and dare to be bare - all year!



Sunday, February 26, 2012

gonatural - March Issue #220 out now!

A year has gone by since we first published your magazine in full colour. It has been our pleasure to bring you a wide range of stories and photos from naturists, in particular those depicting New Zealand Naturism. Soon it will be time for many of us to travel to warmer climes during the winter months here in search of the endless summer. Take some notes and photos of your overseas trip and email them for publication in gonatural.

New NZNF Communications Officer, Donna Miller is keen to exploit the benefits of the internet using social media and to get clubs ‘on the radar’. News, events and other interesting items will be published on the internet and in gonatural magazine as the gonatural newsletter which was previously sent to clubs will no longer be produced.

Beach nudity invariably makes the headlines during "slow news fortnight" with Ladies Bay in Auckland gaining typical undue media attention and the New Year coverage was no exception. Darrell Turner responded in the NZ Herald (his article is kindly reproduced in this issue) and Free Beaches NZ present the legal summary.

The Bay of Plenty Sun Club recently celebrated fortyfive years of naturism with a reunion of past and present members during Labour Weekend in October. During that same month it was ‘skin only’ for a flock of ‘nudies’ at The Wrinkly Rams Cafe & Winebar in Omarama; later that summer three friends spent two wonderful days of naked rambles in Taranaki.

A year or more in the planning, the 60th annual NZNF Rally A Fairytale Circus was eagerly anticipated by organisers and visitors alike. Sure, those of us who attended will remember it for the wet weather, but more importantly the combination of sporting and fun entertainment events provided by a very large group of volunteers - on holiday - just like the rest of us. The week long rally was a credit to the organisers and the magnificent team of helpers.

Purchase your copy of gonatural to read more interesting articles about New Zealand Naturism.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Summer...??

"Boy, it's been a wonderful summer hasn't it!" No, they're not words much heard or associated with the summer we've been having this year! Some regions which usually enjoy many sunshine hours and balmy temperatures have been severely lacking in both of those areas. There's certainly been more of the "crazy" and less of the "lazy hazy" this summer.

However, despite this, recent events planned by naturist organisations and clubs around the country have seen an increased interest and participation in the lifestyle.

Many clubs have had successful visitor/open days over the summer and Free Beaches organised the much publicised "Skinny-dip down a Moonbeam" event on February 8th.

There has been a lot of media attention of various events, especially the February 8th event. Some of it has been negative but Joyce Flemming gave a most wonderful radio interview with Jim Mora on Radio NZ and I also did one on RDU (the Christchurch student/alternative radio station) with both presenters asking intelligent questions and showing their support/tolerance of our lifestyle.

Chris Laidlaw also ran a Haiku competition on his Radio NZ Saturday morning show with the topic of "skinny-dip down a moonbeam" that had a fantastic response and Kevin Sampson of Katikati Naturist Park wrote a wonderful and balanced article on public nakedness that ran in the NZ Herald.

So if you are one of the many whose interest in the naturist lifestyle has been piqued, then visit our our website for links to an organisation or club near you and experience what we call 'social naturism' and more of "those lazy hazy crazy days of summer"...hopefully.

[Photo courtesy of Brian Williams]

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Circus has left Town...


The circus might have left town, but boy was it a blast while it was there.

The Auckland Outdoor Naturist Club hosted the 60th NZNF Rally from December 27th 2011 until January 4th 2012.

The theme was "A Fairytale Circus" and despite adversity from the weather, great effort was made to ensure the rally wasn't a "circus" but a success - and we think they certainly succeeded.

A strong team assisted with the preparation and smooth running of the week long event with a full sports competition and evening entertainment organised for each night.

Among the evening entertainment was a best dressed clown competition, a fairytale ball and a Moulin Rouge evening where everything (and everyone) was decorated in red.

A talented local musician, Russell French, was hired to perform on two of the nights and played a great variety getting everyone up dancing on the wet grass dance floor.

We were also wowed with beautiful and serene performances from three of the Nikau String Quartet on one evening.

There was something to please each of the almost 190 attendees at the rally and ensure all had a great time with the inclement weather having little or no effect to "dampen" the spirit.

Next year the Wellington Naturist Club will host the NZNF Rally and the theme will be "A New Age of Aquarius" - we will keep you updated with details for that throughout the year.

Introducing Me...Donna

Happy New Year!

I am the recently appointed Communications Officer for the New Zealand Naturist Federation.

I've been a member of a naturist club for 3 years but had begun frequenting clothes-free beaches 13 years ago after moving to Auckland from Christchurch with my husband.

Even though I might be fairly new to naturism, I have a passion and enthusiasm for promoting the lifestyle and introducing many new participants to this natural and wonderful way of life.

In my opinion social media is the most vital way of "spreading the word" to people of all ages and walks of life.

I look forward to bringing news and insights to you on a regular basis and welcome your comments and interaction.

Yours naturally,
Donna