Saturday, January 19, 2019

PICNIC AND PARKOVER IN TAURANGA


We had another great event at a private property in Pyes Pa, Tauranga last week. There were over 40 people at the event, with 16 campervans/tents staying for the weekend.
The weather was hot, hot, hot except for spells on the Sunday morning when the sun disappeared, so the shade offered by the huge trees on the property was most welcome.
After dinner on Friday night we sat around the fire even though it was still quite warm. But there is nothing like a fire to encourage a friendly atmosphere. With guests from all over the North Island (as far south as Wellington) and one from Blenheim in the South Island, there were plenty of new friendships to be made.

On Saturday, we welcomed a group of life art artists and a few of our own, who sketched some of our great models. It was great to see people lining up to be drawn. The art group are always looking for models so were very pleased that we could help out.
While that was going on, we were ‘entertained’ by another artist, Julia, who was needing groups of naked people to be photographed for her creation based on the poem Dante’s Inferno, which details Dante's journey through the nine circles of Hell. Most of the people he meets in Hell are naked for some reason! 
Our models had to act out various scenes such as being a petrified tree, tormented by hell, a harpie (a ravenous, filthy monster having a woman's head and a bird's body), a group line-up, a flesh eating monster and many other poses which will form the basis of Julia’s artwork.
During the afternoon, we played Kubb or petanque or enjoyed relaxing and socialising until happy hour. Mark brought out some bubble-making equipment which we had fun playing with.
When Julia left, she generously left us with a box of beer and four bottles of wine as a thank you, to share among ourselves. As we had no room in our frig, I suggested that everyone take a few bottles to put in their frigs to chill it for happy hour. When happy hour came, the beer and wine came out to the gazebo already chilled for everyone to share. 
Marie made six members relaxed and happy with one of her massages – well done Marie to do six on the trot during the afternoon!
A BYO shared BBQ followed happy hour and then we all sat around the fire until it was dark. Unfortunately, the temperature dropped, and it was clothes-on (lots of them) while we watched the movie, ‘The Woman in Gold’. It was a good story but spoilt due to not being able to read some of the sub-titles translating the German.
Just as the movie finished, it started to drizzle. We just had time to get the film gear packed away before it set in overnight.
Next morning, Col, our naked chef, cooked a breakfast of hash browns, baked beans, bacon and eggs for everyone. After morning tea, some of the group packed up and left, but the rest of us stayed for the afternoon as the weather had cleared. It was sad to pack up on another great outing for the group.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas party 2018

What a great turnout for our Christmas party held recently in Tauranga. We had 52 keen, friendly, sociable naturists come along and spend a rare clear and sunny day soaking in the warm pool. Being nearly the longest day, it was daylight until it was time to go home at 9pm.
Our hosts put on a special Christmas feast of baked ham, corned beef, salads, trifle and fresh fruit salad. Two members baked Christmas cakes - one a traditional fruit cake and the other a German Stollen Christmas cake.


All members received a small Christmas gift from Santa's helpers - the Christmas angel and a reindeer. A special raffle with a Christmas theme was well supported by all present.
Our summer programme has now kicked in and is full of great events. To join in, send an email with a few details about yourself to bopnaturists@gmail.com.
As long as you abide by the naturist philosophy, you are welcome to join and we look forward to meeting you.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

BOP Naturists celebrate 1000 members worldwide!


What an awesome party!! 

How else can I describe it! What a great time we had at Katikati Naturist Park for our annual games weekend and 1000th member party (membership is now at 1100)! Even the weather Gods looked down on us kindly. I had been watching the forecast for 10 days before the event and every day it changed – mainly for the worse, but on the day, it was perfect. 

It was good to see Mike Moore, editor of the gonatural magazine, come along and join in the fun. He has written an article about the group for the December issue of the magazine which will be out next week. Check this website after Wednesday 7th December. https://www.gonatural.co.nz/gonatural-magazine

We played mini-golf and Kubb outside in the sun and gathered inside for darts and pool. Some also tried Wii 10-pin bowling. Nearly 70 members gathered in the sun for happy hour on the Saturday before moving to the gazebo for an amazing pot luck dinner.
Then the band arrived, and the costumes came out. Everyone got into the theme of ‘Rio Carnival’ (including Allie from the band!) with some amazing colourful costumes. The party atmosphere started on the band’s first beat and so we partied and partied and partied for 3 hours solid. I have never seen such a great party atmosphere. Everyone was happy, energetic and just having a good time. By the time the band had to leave, we were gagging for more!

Next morning, we had a champagne breakfast, cooked by our naked chefs. After morning tea, we held a 2-minute silence for Armistice Day, then everyone received a small gift just for coming along and making the weekend such a success.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Mid-winter Polar Plunge

It was a fabulous winters day - sunny, clear skies, no wind - OK the air was a bit cool at times (when the sun disappeared) and the pool a chilly 12 degrees Celsius, for the annual Polar Bare Plunge at Katikati Naturist Park.
About 20 keen people braved the pool, some going in for more than one dip, then warmed up in the spa or sauna with a few nips of mulled wine and some warm savouries.
It was great to see some new members getting into the action and enjoying the friendliness of other more seasoned members of the group.
After they had all warmed up, we were joined by the others for happy hour, followed by a shared pot-luck dinner. Then a large group of us settled down in the rec room to watch the All Blacks beat France live on Sky TV. More savouries were served at half time, which everyone appreciated.



Friday, May 18, 2018

BOP Naturists now has over 1000 members from all over the world!

Yep – that is right. Bay of Plenty Naturists has exceeded all expectations and now has over 1000 members! 
When I set up this group 8 years ago, I thought it would be a small local group of naturists and never dreamed that it would extend to over 1000 members from all over the world.
The knockers would say – “yes but they are not all from NZ”. No they are not, but 75% are and anyhow, does that matter? We are all naturists no matter where we live and with good networking using the regular monthly newsletter, members from all over the world can find out more about naturism in NZ and with reports coming in from overseas members, local naturists can learn about overseas venues.
Often overseas members time their trips to NZ to coincide with our events. I can provide them with information about all the naturist clubs in the country, with a detailed itinerary which helps them plan their trip. So the clubs win out as well.
The knockers also said when I started out, that the group would end up being top heavy with single blokes (I call them individuals as some have partners who aren’t interested in naturism). Well so what? Individual guys are shunned by many naturist clubs in NZ and other countries, but they are still naturists with limited options. This is discrimination. Individual guys in the group are some of the nicest blokes I know and add a lot of diversity to the group. And guess what? The percentage of individual men to couples is in similar proportions to a lot of clubs, so the group is not top-heavy with individual blokes as some thought.
The stats for the group as of today are as follows:
Total membership: 1014
% as couples: 75%
% as individuals (male and female): 25%
Overall 41% are female and 59% male.
76% learnt about the group by word of mouth, so thanks everyone for passing on the message.

I get many accolades for the newsletter from members worldwide who anxiously wait for their next newsletter. I get no moans, gripes or grizzles – just positiveness and thanks. It is a pleasure to run this group, so thanks to you all for signing up.
Glenne


Monday, February 26, 2018

Record numbers at our hot pool night in Tauranga

We finally topped 50 bathers attending our latest hot pool night. It was a warm night and even with darkness descending earlier than the past few months, people enjoyed the camaraderie of other members.
This time we had 11 new members come along. They were made most welcome by the others and will, I am sure be back again next month. The positive atmosphere among the group was evident at this event, with everybody chatting amongst themselves.
The food was great thanks to Al and Lisa's expertise. The company was great. And the turnout was amazing showing how much everyone enjoys this fun naturist event.
If you want to participate too, contact me.

Opoutere Beach weekend

WOW! What a great weekend we had at Opoutere Beach. We even managed to get the weather Gods to participate, with a fine weekend wedged between a cyclone and heavy rain.

We had a total of 8 large motorhomes, 4 small campervans squeezed into our limited area which would normally only hold only 8 sites and as well we had 3 caravans in another area. With careful parking of the vans in a corral circle, we even had room for our gazebo and to set up the Kubb.
With the weather being extremely hot, everyone went to the beach. The water was very warm and we were able to use our boogie boards to surf right in to the sand. Didn't do the elbows much good though! Others just swam while others sunned themselves. A couple of kites were produced, flying with varying degrees of success in the warm breeze. All this was au naturel, as Opoutere Beach is a recognised free beach.
Some tried their hand at fishing (naked too). Fish landed were a trevally and kahawai. One person even got a legal-sized snapper. There were tales of a possible stingray as well, which took the line of one unlucky fisher person. A few walked to the end of the beach, some 5km each way.
Happy hour both nights saw everybody joining in to socialise and and tell fishy tales, and tales of sun, sea and surf. A shared pot luck dinner followed and everyone sat around until dark. Some still had a challenge in the Kubb to finish off. I have never seen Kubb played under torch light before!
The only negative about the whole weekend was that we had to be dressed in the textile camping area! What a fun time we all had. Shall we do it again next year - SURE WILL.