Story: Naturism

Promoting naturism

Promoting naturism

Nude women are shown playing sport on the July 1937 cover of Health & Sunshine, a magazine published by the New Zealand Weightlifters' Association. The magazine contained material and letters supportive of the naturist lifestyle. However, the photographs were legally considered indecent. When Auckland bookseller Morris Lehaney put the March issue of the magazine in his shop window, he was charged with exhibiting an indecent document and also with selling an indecent document. He was convicted on both charges and fined.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Hera Cook, 'Naturism - Development of the naturist movement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 June 2023)

Story by Hera Cook, published 5 Sep 2013