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Concern raised about cruising on island

Fri 24 Sep 2010 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Rabbit Island beach A Nelson resident is up in arms about the "public sexual activities of gay men" on Rabbit Island. The eastern end of the island is a cruising spot, with a number of makeshift "huts" situated along the beach. AstroEnviro employee Brendon Pedersen works on Rabbit Island and has told when he first started his job he thought the tales of gay rendezvous were a joke, but soon saw several men having sex just metres from the beach. "You see them, they are right there. I wouldn't want to bring my kids down here." Pedersen was also upset at the rubbish left in the "huts" including condoms, lubricant, underwear and bottles of alcohol. He says it's not about homophobia, saying "if we were down here doing that with our girlfriends we would probably be arrested." The Tasman District Council says if people were finding the behaviour offensive they should call the police. Read the full story here You can discuss this New Zealand gay community news story in the Forum    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Friday, 24th September 2010 - 11:28am

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