All Blacks backlash spurs tougher line on streakers

SPORTS fans planning to streak at games have been warned a no-tolerance approach will be taken, following backlash over the decision not to charge a woman who streaked at Saturday's All Blacks match.

The harsher line from police comes after two of New Zealand's infamous streakers hit out at the decision to let Rose Kupa, 25, off with a warning, saying it was inconsistent and unfair.
 

Adam Holtslag (L) has complained of being treated differently to Rose Kupa (R) who streaked during Saturday's test match between the All Blacks and Argentina.
Adam Holtslag (L) has complained of being treated differently to Rose Kupa (R) who streaked during Saturday's test match between the All Blacks and Argentina.

Yesterday Lisa Lewis, who was fined $200 for her 2006 bikini-clad streak during an All Blacks vs Ireland test at Hamilton's Waikato Stadium, was disgruntled that Ms Kupa got off scot-free.

"All streakers/pitch invaders should be charged the same."

Ms Kupa should also have been charged with indecent exposure given that she was naked, and assault due to the slap on Israel Dagg's behind, Ms Lewis said.

Lisa Lewis was fined $200 for her 2006 bikini-clad streak during an All Blacks vs Ireland test at New Zealand's Waikato Stadium
Lisa Lewis was fined $200 for her 2006 bikini-clad streak during an All Blacks vs Ireland test at New Zealand's Waikato Stadium

Christchurch builder Adam Holtslag, 28, was this year convicted of offensive behaviour and fined $500 for his streak at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Yesterday he was shocked that the same treatment wasn't given to Ms Kupa, saying it was "a bit one-sided".

"She touched a player. And she was showing a bit more than me anyway," he said.

Yesterday police said they stood by their decision but had learned from the incident and future streakers could be treated more harshly.

"I believe that our staff made the right decision based on the information available to them at the time and given the particular circumstances of the incident," Eastern District Commander Superintendent Sandra Venables said.

"That said, with the benefit of hindsight, we are mindful of the wider implications in this case."

Earlier, police said the decision was based on the lower level of her offending, her attitude when arrested and the fact that she was sober.

New Zealand Rugby, in a joint statement with police, said pitch invaders risked serious consequences if they disrupted a game.

NZR chief executive Steve Tew said he was disappointed Ms Kupa managed to slip past security and at the decision not to charge her.

"It is important to remind people foolish enough to think about trying to take to the field - clothed or not - they are putting their own safety and that of the players at risk."



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