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					NUDVAN NAVIGATOR, MARCH 2008
FROM THE TOP It’s official. This has been the hottest summer for years according to NIWA. I hope you have all enjoyed it. Nudvan had a great turn out with 26 members at the Rotota Unplugged rally over New Year. Highlights for me were the boat trip on the Waireka, a restored Wanganui river boat, and the 6 hour nude tramp up the Waihaha Valley. I attended my first NZNF AGM at which I managed to keep my mouth shut for most of the time. The only significant decision was not to proceed with issuing a credit card sized ID each year instead of the INF passport. I was one of four Nudvan members who joined the Ngatuhoa Naturally rally in January where we managed to encounter two days of rain in the middle of a nationwide drought. Nevertheless it was, as always, a lot of fun. The day I arrived at Uretiti beach for the Jaybirds nude week rally was very windy so I didn’t get much sleep in my tent the first night. My van was on loan to my sister and brother-in-law from England who were touring the country. Highlights for me were the nude walk in the Waipu caves and the nude restaurant meal. The nude ball was fun with a first class DJ / entertainer, but I was disappointed that there were not so many people – only six Nudvanners attended. It was very unfortunate that our most recent Nudvan rally fell on a wet weekend as the Kauaeranga valley near Thames is a beautiful area and very suitable for nudism when the sun shines. Nevertheless six members braved the weather to camp there and another four made day visits. It was amazing how quickly the river rose on the Saturday afternoon after only a few hours of rain but, fortunately, it didn’t reach the level of our camp site. I hope we can go back there again when the sun is shining. See you at the AGM. John R NEXT RALLIES Mch 21 – 24, Easter rally, Rotota April 25 – 27, AGM @ Katikati Naturist Park Winter Months. All at Katikati

MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE Warren has for sale a stock of cloth badges carrying the Club logo price $7.50 Suitable for shirts or hats RALLY REPORT KAUAERANGA VALLEY The highlight of a four day rally – being woken by Barry to a cooked breakfast prepared by him for five members on day three!! The committee has been asked to have more rallies, especially in places other than clubs and somewhere 'central'. In a club with over 130 members, an attendance of less than five percent on day four of a rally gives cause for great concern. Thames is an easy, central place to meet, and Barry had gone to considerable trouble to arrange the venue and check the various walks both at the site and with DOC officers. Our thanks go to him for his efforts, but it is very demoralizing for him, especially when he had organised a similar rally last November, only to call it off after receiving just a couple of enquiries. For those attending, the time spent at this excellent venue was most enjoyable with many a yarn and experiences being told. A committee meeting was to be held on the Sunday, and despite Stan driving from Hamilton that morning, we could not even achieve a quorum. The next get together will be at Katikati on Anzac weekend at which the Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday afternoon. As a retiring committee member, I hope there will be a large turnout and that the incoming committee will be supported by better attendances at future rallies, otherwise there is the real risk of the club sliding into oblivion. The club needs new active members to join the executive, so it seems necessary to be prepared to stand for committee and watch NUDVAN become the type of organization you want. Ross

IN BRIEF Our very own "Nudvan Navigator" was 2nd equal in the annual NZNF newsletter competition.

Howzatt??!!

Motorhomes have been selling well lately – club members' ones anyway. We no longer have the likes of Sheila & Peter, Hanna & Ron and even Barbara & Warren! Hope it doesn't mean we won't see these folks anymore……
It seems, from the above rally report, that Barry is a mean brekkie-cooker. What a great gesture that was. Campervan personalized registration plate spotted at Mapua: O2BNKD

Hear tell NZNF PR Officer Glenne and new Supporters Secretary Colin are joining Nudvan. In fact they have bought Sheila & Peter's van!! NUDISM Nudism, movement that promotes the practice of living without clothes where possible. Supporters of nudism practise it for the physical benefit derived from exposure of the body to what they consider to be health-giving qualities of sunlight and fresh air. In a wider sense, however, nudism is a philosophy and a way of life. The shame customarily associated with nakedness in modern civilized society results, according to nudists, from centuries of cultural conditioning against complete exposure of the body in public. Nudism, by eliminating in its practitioners this false sense of shame, enhances their self-assurance and furnishes them with a new appreciation of the essential beauty and dignity of the human body. Critics attack the nudist philosophy as being indecent and the publications put out by the movement as obscene. Archaeological evidence indicates that nudism, in the form of sunbathing, was practised in antiquity by the Babylonians, Assyrians, Greeks, and Romans. In modern times the rise of nudism began with the publication of Die Nacktheit (Nakedness) by German intellectual Richard Ungewitter in 1906. The advocates of the movement in Germany claimed that nudism had a highly tonic effect on both body and mind. Today nudist organizations and societies are maintained in most European countries, and are especially numerous in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Interest in nudism has made some advances in the United States and Canada also, mainly in the post-war period. GET WELL MESSAGE Our good wishes are with Graham and Alison whilst Graham is recovering from illness. He is lucky to have Alison at his side, and along with family and friends is assured of all the support he needs. Alison has had to 'train' the nurses to accept club uniform – couldn't imagine Graham in a hospital gown, could you?! Get well soon, dear friend. We look forward to hearing again your endless string of bizarre and comical stories. NUDISM

It's nothing new of course. Many painters throughout time have used the medium, be it erotically or otherwise. Below, is the Encarta Encyclopaedia's explanation of the word: Nudism, movement that promotes the practice of living without clothes where possible. Supporters of nudism practise it for the physical
benefit derived from exposure of the body to what they consider to be health-giving qualities of sunlight and fresh air. In a wider sense, however, nudism is a philosophy and a way of life. The shame customarily associated with nakedness in modern civilized society results, according to nudists, from centuries of cultural conditioning against complete exposure of the body in public. Nudism, by eliminating in its practitioners this false sense of shame, enhances their self-assurance and furnishes them with a new appreciation of the essential beauty and dignity of the human body. Critics attack the nudist philosophy as being indecent and the publications put out by the movement as obscene. Archaeological evidence indicates that nudism, in the form of sunbathing, was practised in antiquity by the Babylonians, Assyrians, Greeks, and Romans. In modern times the rise of nudism began with the publication of Die Nacktheit (Nakedness) by German intellectual Richard Ungewitter in 1906. The advocates of the movement in Germany claimed that nudism had a highly tonic effect on both body and mind. Today nudist organizations and societies are maintained in most European countries, and are especially numerous in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Interest in nudism has made some advances in the United States and Canada also, mainly in the post-war period.

EDITOR'S SAY You'd have thought after a three months break of lovely summer weather, there'd have been a grand muster for our first 2008 rally. But no! (As Ross mentioned in his report. ) Where are you all?

Hopefully a good percentage will be at the AGM on Anzac Weekend. There are Committee positions to be filled, not the least being that of HON SEC. Warren (retiring) has not only done an awesome job, but in my opinion has helped in a huge way to hold this club together. But he's had his turn. Don't be afraid to put up your hand though; in his efficiency, Warren has everything sorted, in order to make the job easy-peasy, eg 'draft' letters for pretty well any situation. Support your club if you want it to keep going, and support your President who is in the 'hot seat' you might say. Have fun…………Shirley "OTHER" CLUB DATES (Please note these are NOT 'official' NUDVAN rallies - have INF Passports on hand when visiting other Clubs.) WOS Summer BBQ, Mch 26, 6-ish. $3 + salad or veges share April 18 – 20 Hamilton Super V8s (booking a site necessary) PINEGLADES (Christchurch) 1st Friday monthly 5.30pm,"Take Away Night" Last Thur monthly 12.30pm "Pot Luck Lunch" Visit www.gonatural.co.nz for other info NUDVAN RALLY INFO March 21 to 24, Easter Rally at Rotota Booking not necessary, but please note the following: The gates will be locked at 8pm till 8am. If Nudvanners are arriving after these times they will need to let the Caretakers know: phone 07 333 7105 Fees: $8 per night per person. You will need to bring correct money, as the Caretakers do not carry change!! Saturday night is a disco 'theme': A Right Royal Racket - gold coin entrance fee. April 25 - 27, AGM Rally, Katikati AGM on Saturday, 1.30pm Remits to be in the Secretary's hands by last mail April 7, 2008. If you are thinking of putting in a remit, please do so early because if there is a problem, then the Secretary can get back to you before the closing date. If you need advice on submitting a remit, Warren is happy to help you. Booking for a site at Katikati would be advisable: Phone 07 549 2158, and the usual Pot Luck tea will take place Sat night. Winter Rallies As was experimented with towards the end of last winter, these rallies will be held at Katikati Naturist Park, at the end of each month, starting in MAY. Camp Fees will apply. Pot luck tea Saturday night. CONTACTS Secretary – (postal) The Secretary, C/- W Ennion, P O Box 263, Rotorua 3040 (e-mail) nudvan@gonatural.co.nz Editor – (postal) S Morton, 59 Omokoroa Country Estate, Private Bag 12026, Tauranga 3143 (e-mail) shirlian@xtra.co.nz (please entitle Subject box NUDVAN NEWS for identification END BIT X

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