Workmen in the small northern farming town of Kerikeri were repairing the main street when the young woman took offense at their attention.
On a balmy late-autumn day, she calmly stripped bare to use an ATM – bringing an abrupt halt to both the whistles and the road work – then put her clothes back on and walked away.
Sgt. Peter Masters said the woman told police she didn’t take kindly to the men’s wolf-whistles.
“She said she had thought ‘I’ll show them what I’ve got,'” as the men whistled at her, he said.
“She gave the explanation that she had been … pestered by New Zealand men. She’s not an unattractive-looking lady,” he said.
Police treated the incident “as a one-off.”
“She was taken back to the police station and spoken to and told that was inappropriate (behavior) in New Zealand,” he added.