Rhythm & Vines reveller shocked by negative reaction to her bare chest body art as video shows man grabbing her

An American woman visiting New Zealand says she's shocked at the negative reaction she's received to body art painted on her bare chest from Rhythm & Vines revellers.

Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller, 20, was grabbed by a man at the Gisborne event on New Year's Eve as she walked about the crowds - bare-chested - except for body glitter.

Ms Anello-Kitzmiller then walked back to the man and slaps him four times while he's seated on the ground, after he ran away.

The incident was filmed by a fellow festival-goer and posted on Facebook yesterday, where it has since been viewed more than 200,000 times.

Ms Anello-Kitzmiller told NZ Herald herself and her boyfriend's sister were heckled after having their chests painted at a Rhythm & Vines stall.

"Within five minutes, we were being told we were disgusting, people were yelling 'put a shirt on'," she said.

"I couldn't believe it. It was just as much girls as it was guys."

Ms Anello-Kitzmiller, originally from Portland, Oregon said the experience was a "culture shock", recounting a festival in the US where people ended up "naked, caked in mud and there was no negativity".

Both Rythm & Vines and police spokespeople told NZ Herald they aren't aware of the incident.


Funding boost for road safety improvements on Government's agenda for 2018

The Government says it will look this year at how it can increase funding for road safety improvements across the country to help cut the road toll.

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter says the 380 deaths on the roads in 2017 is unacceptable.

"It is simply shocking to see so many people die on our roads. We know every one of these deaths has left a huge hole in the lives of family and friends," Ms Genter said.

She said the number of people dying on our roads has continued to increase over the past four years and making the roads safer will be a major priority for the Government in 2018.

"It will be obvious to many people driving this summer that the level of safety on many rural roads and even urban streets simply isn't good enough," Ms Genter said.

As a priority the Government has boosted road safety funding by $22.5 million to fix high-risk stretches of rural road around the country, she said.

"This is just the beginning. In 2018 the Government will look at how it can increase and prioritise funding for road safety improvements across the country."

Ms Genter said she also intends to hold a road safety summit early this year so she can hear directly from councils about opportunities for improving road safety.

Two fatalities in Tasman and Whangarei last night brought the number of deaths for 2017 to 380. Source: 1 NEWS


Person dies in Masterton crash

One person is dead after a motorbike and a ute collided in Masterton.

Police say a driver was spotted doing a burn out in Mangere East, with an officer in an unmarked police car briefly chasing the driver.
Source: 1 NEWS

The accident happened at the intersection of McKinstry Ave and Masterton Castlepoint Road at 5.20pm yesterday.

One person died at the scene and another person was taken to hospital with moderate injuries.