Naturists take on police, firefighters
Selwyn police have taken early honours at an annual Canterbury volleyball challenge - with a twist.
About 200 people attended the Pineglades Naturist Club’s open day and volleyball challenge in Rolleston this afternoon.
The annual Waitangi Day challenge included a playoff between the club and Rolleston firefighters, as well as a tri-series including the Selwyn police.
Pineglades president Terry, who did not want his surname used, said hundreds had enjoyed the fine weather and entertainment, including a bouncy castle for children and a market day for craftspeople to sell their goods.
The police won the tri-series for the second year running, with the club and firefighters playing off for another trophy.
Terry said about 40 per cent of the club members were ‘‘in uniform’’, with no requirement for visitors to be nude.
He said the public attitude towards naturists had started to change, with a ‘‘much more accepting’’ approach from those who attended the open day.
‘‘There is a fear of the unknown, but once people get past the front gate they’re totally relaxed once they’re inside,’’ he said.