Streaking is the issue which has hit headlines globally
and divided opinion nationally this week. Timothy Brown
searches for the naked truth.
It was the tackle which was felt around the world.
More than 1 million You Tube viewers have watched security
guard Brad Hemopo bundle up streaker Adam Holtslag at Forsyth
Barr Stadium in Dunedin last weekend. Responses have been
divided, with some saying Mr Holtslag got his comeuppance for
his nude display, while others felt the tackle was ''over the
Sam Carr, of Dunedin, says he can feel some sympathy for Mr
Holtslag. He, too, has felt the call of the wild.
Caving in to the ''egging on'' of mates, he stripped off and
attempted to dash across the green turf of Forsyth Barr
Stadium earlier this year during the Warriors preseason match
against the Brisbane Broncos.
''I made it about 20m,'' he said of his streak.
''It wasn't that impressive. But I'm surprised I made it over
the fence, to be honest.''
Like many of his fellow streakers, Mr Carr had ''had a few''
''All I really remember is being face down in the dirt and
hearing, 'You are going to be arrested' and I said, 'Yeah,
The tackle which felled him was not too painful and was
''I knew it was coming. It was just a matter of when,'' he
''They caught me, I got tackled and dragged off the field and
His friends returned his clothes to him in the police car,
but he spent the night in paper overalls after he was not
content with one streak.
''I took them back off,'' he said.
''I tried to do a streak around the station but they [the
police] didn't want a bar of it.''
He had no regrets about the incident, although his sons had
advised him to never drink beer at their rugby games.
Family and friends had seen the incident as a ''bit of a
laugh''. And that was how New Zealand's most famous streaking
advocate sees such events.
Former All Black and Otago player Marc Ellis has been an
outspoken advocate of streaking.
Streakers should ''pick your circumstance'', but the act
should not be seen as taboo, he said.
''I don't think it's a great idea if you are pickled and at a
pivotal moment in the game, but most see it and have a
laugh,'' he said.
Mr Ellis famously streaked during a provincial match between
the West Coast and King Country in 2007 - and he had no
regrets about it.
''I was a younger man,'' the 42-year-old said.
''You are only at your prime to do that thing for a short
''But when the moment takes you, you are possessed. You gotta
go where it takes you.''
He did not believe a ''nude body running around the paddock''
should be considered offensive.
''If you live your life with a glint in your eye and your
tongue in your cheek, I don't think there's too much to worry
As for the tackle on Mr Holtslag, he had little sympathy -
''He spent too much time gloating and he got punished,'' he
said with a laugh.
''The rules around streaking are you get on to the ground,
run around as fast you can, then get back into the crowd as
fast as you can and they are obliged to protect you,'' he
The tackle was ''probably a bit more enthusiastic than it
needed to be'', but was to be expected when you got on the
University of Otago dean of law Prof Mark Henaghan said he
did not blame Mr Hemopo for going too far with the tackle,
but the incident revealed some ''interesting'' cultural
aspects of New Zealand.
''There's an element that sport is entertainment, so anything
that adds to that, such as a streaker, adds to the night,''
''Streaking's been around for a long time and it's always
something people got a laugh out of.''
That some people had attacked Mr Holtslag - some online
commenters suggesting ''Who the heck cares if he got hurt?''
- was concerning, Prof Henaghan said.
''There's evidence we do react in strong ways after a
sporting event, which is a bit strange. It is a game; it's a
great game, but it's just a game.''
Former Nude Blacks star Rachel Scott said the reaction to the
streaker showed New Zealand needed to reassess its values.
Miss Scott was named player of the day after her sole Nude
Blacks game and gained ''exposure'' in Europe when footage
the game was televised by German channel RTL in 2011.
''It's quite a shocking thing for people to see a naked body
when it shouldn't be,'' she said.
''I thought we were further along than that.''
Her nude efforts had not affected her life and she felt it
was a positive experience.
''It was good for me in the sense that I was a little bit
uneasy with the image of my body and it was my way of saying
'This is me and it's just a body'.''
Mr Holtslag was more repentant when he spoke to APNZ this
''It was a good hit, eh,'' he said.
''It was definitely a bit over the top, but if you're going
to streak, you have to expect that you're going to get hit -
not usually from behind though.''
He held no grudges against Mr Hemopo and was uninjured apart
from some sore ribs.
Streaking: A briefless history
c. 1050: Lady Godiva rides a horse naked through
Coventry, England, in protest against taxes imposed by her
husband, Leofric, Earl of Mercia.
July 5, 1799: A man is arrested in London, England,
and sent to the poultry compter. He confirmed he accepted a
wager of 10 guineas to run naked from Cornhill to Cheapside.
1804: Future US congressman and then Washington and
Lee University student George Crump is arrested for running
naked through Lexington, Virginia. Confederate General Robert
E. Lee later sanctions streaking as a rite of passage for
young Washington and Lee gentlemen.
April 1974: Michael O'Brien dashes on to Twickenham
during an England-France rugby test. He is escorted off the
ground by police, who covered his groin with a police helmet.
January 2, 1982: Erica Roe runs topless across
Twickenham during an England-Australia rugby test. A British
newspaper publishes a story with the headline ''Titters At
Twickers'' the following day.
June 14, 2014: Streaker Adam Holtslag is tackled by
security guard Brad Hemopo during the All Blacks-England test
match at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.