This is one of moments which was unplanned - indeed considering
our marital status and high morals of the City Council - and should
not have got into print.
Ken Newton was in charge of publicity for a big tourist promotion
visit to New Zealand. The Dominion Newspaper wanted a pic of the
girls wrapped in furs (instead of the familiar Gold Coast bikinis),
on top of Mt Victoria in Wellington in mid winter. You can just
imagine how cold that was.
Ken stood by while shots were taken and then the photographer wanted
the furs off momentarily so that he could get the girls in a picture
before the goosebumps became too prominent.
At this moment in time when the front page picture opposite was
snapped, Ken had rushed in galantly to protect the girls from the
wind while the photographer changed lenses.
It was the picture which made the front page. All in a days work.
The picture which didn't make it in another New Zealand paper during
the same tour was one of Ken, naked.
Don't worry, it was never taken but the offer was there. The Sunday
Mail out of Auckland was running a page three "tits and bums"
series on males, which they called the "Sunday male".
They thought it would be a nice twist to have the girls wrapped
in furs and Ken naked. While he was savouring that flattering offer,
the photographer offered the big carrot "We pay you $10 as
well". That was in the days when the capital of New Zealand
was 25 cents, so the offer was kindly refused.