New Zealand's most perverted districts revealed in new stats

New Zealand's most perverted districts have been revealed in new Police stats.

Hundreds of Kiwis have been dealt with by police after being caught getting naked, masturbating and having public sex.

Despite the colder weather down south, Canterbury has topped the list for indecent exposure since 2013, followed closely behind by Auckland City then Counties Manukau.

New Zealand's most perverted districts revealed in new stats

Under Section 27 of the Summary Offences Act 1981, every person is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or a fine not exceeding $2000 who, in or within view of any public place, intentionally and obscenely exposes any part of his or her genitals.

The laws drew debate last year after two suspected tourists where snapped showering naked in public at outdoor public toilets in Sumner, Christchurch.

A photo of the pair was posted to Sumner Community Facebook group, showing them bare-cheeked in full view of the main road.

It led some to call for a ban tourists from the suburb - while others argued it's "perfectly legal to be naked".

The two naked men showering.
The two naked men showering. Photo credit: Sumner Community / Facebook

But it's not just nudity and flashing getting people into trouble. Multiple people have been dealt with after being caught masturbating in public.

Auckland City topped the list for people caught performing an indecent act in a public place, followed by Waitemata then the Southern District.

New Zealand's most perverted districts revealed in new stats

Earlier this year, one Newshub employee was on the receiving end of a public masturbator's attentions. As she was walking to work in Wellington, she suddenly came across a man hunched over and furiously masturbating while staring at her.

"I ran as fast and as far as I could, with tears welling up, and then I called the police on their non-emergency line," she wrote.

"The kind lady on the other end sent two officers immediately. They didn't catch him."

In a 2017 case, a 58-year-old man was sentenced to 13 months imprisonment after masturbating in the Palmerston North City Library while watching a 16-year-old.

Mark Edwin Hill's lawyer told the court that Hill had about 20 convictions for this type of offending, including masturbating near a children's playground, but was determined to stop.


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