New Zealanders appear to be more liberal than the Caribbeans when it comes to showing off a bit of skin.
Following a ban on Speedos and bikinis away from the beach on the island of Grenada in the southeastern Caribbean Sea, the Weekend Herald tried an experiment in Mt Maunganui.
We couldn't find any men donning budgie smugglers to take part but we did get bikini-clad 16-year-olds Laura Schmitt and Clare McMahon to walk down the the main drag, Maunganui Rd - about 300m from the beach on one side and 200m from the harbour side - at lunchtime to gauge public reaction.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but there wasn't actually a story here until the reporter (or more likely the editor) created one, was there? Sigh.