Addressing One Love noise complaints

Organisers of the One Love concert want everyone to have a great time this weekend.

The organisers of One Love want you to sing along to your favourite reggae tune and have a good time with your mates – “but we'll do our best to keep the noise level down,” says event director Pato Alvarez.

Last year, one of New Zealand's biggest reggae festivals received more than 100 noise complaints across the two-day event at Tauranga Domain.

This year, the message is simple: If surrounding residents have a reasonable noise complaint, they'll be listened to.

“We want to work alongside the community, the Police, and Tauranga City Council for this event,”says Pato.

“We acknowledge the music will be audible beyond the venue and for this reason the hours of operation are restricted from midday to 10.30pm on Saturday, February 4, and midday to 10pm on Sunday, February 5,” says Pato, “as well as sound checks from 10am-11am on both days”.

“As part of the resource consent process a noise management plan has been submitted and approved. A robust monitoring process is also in place to monitor noise levels throughout the event. We want to comply with our resource consent 100 per cent.”

An hourly update of noise monitoring from both within the city and from the surrounding areas will be available on their Twitter page or online at:

Pato says TCC received 122 complaints in 2016.

“The majority of these complaints were in regards to noise levels. During the 2016 event strong easterly winds than expected occurred during Waitangi weekend, which resulted in noise traveling a greater distance than anticipated.”

This year, organisers have again engaged a professional security company for the event with increased roving patrols in surrounding streets. Police will also be in attendance at the event and surrounding streets to manage any public disorder issues and the liquor ban.

“We aim to be around for a long time as we love holding the event in our home town,” says Pato, and he says they are working closely with Police to educate the public about the CBD's liquor ban. Pato is happy with the response from locals so far.

“We've been in contact with the neighbours and have done a letter drop with information and contact details so we have personalised communication with them.

“We also very excited to host more than 15,000 out-of-towners this Waitangi weekend in the Bay of Plenty, especially Tauranga, Papamoa and the Mount.

“It feels so good to put an awesome event in our city, as we are locals, and it feels even better seeing all the local business benefitting from our event.”


Tect Park

Posted on 04-02-2017 15:23 | By Jitter

As stated in one of the comments "Tect Park is the ideal place for these "concerts" not Wharepai Domain or Stadium at Maungatapu. This is not music, just horrendous noise forced on residents living in the area. I complained about the "noise" at the last concert at the stadium to TCC. Was told the sound level was constantly monitored by fixed sound monitors and was within acceptable levels. I received a plan of the stadium it showed one sound monitor on the roof of the stadium.This means that the majority of noise being blasted out from the stage will be missed by the monitor, There should be monitors all around the perimeter of the stadium.

take it to rotorua

Posted on 03-02-2017 21:55 | By missusmck

we used to have Ragamuffin here in Rotorua and it was taken to Auckland and from what i believe they are trying to bring it back here.I could hear it from my place which is about 3kms away and I had friends by the stadium and they never complained so maybe Tauranga people are a pack of wingers

Bring It On!

Posted on 03-02-2017 16:00 | By Duncanban

Our home is within 100 metres of the event stage and yes, of course we could hear the music. Was it the sort of music I would want to hear? No, at 70 years old, I do have a bit of difficulty with some of what was being played. Having said that, more important was the sound of thousands of young people really enjoying a great concert of music they loved. Get a life! It's a once a year happening and one that many people enjoy. Better yet, while many people parked all around our home, there was no rubbish left on either morning last year. Bring it on!

Last year, the nose was diabolical...

Posted on 03-02-2017 15:33 | By SML

and although they say but we'll do our best to keep the noise level down, the "easterly wind" wasn't the issue last year as we are out near Barkes Cnr, it was the VOLUME! First sound of the thumping and bumping bass, and we and all our neighbours will be onto Noise Control - we had enough last year!

Well done One Love Organisers

Posted on 03-02-2017 15:12 | By Kevin

Great to see this annual event. Happy to put up with a bit of noise. This concert is obviously enjoyed by many and must pour heaps of $ back into Tauranga. Organisers look to be doing everything they can to try and hold a safe event for all. Well done Pato and team. 10.30pm and 10.00pm finishing time is considerate. Hope everyone has fun.

The good thing about this...

Posted on 03-02-2017 14:22 | By morepork

... is the fact that the organizers are showing willing and understand that the noise levels can be a problem for many people. Personally, I want people to enjoy One Love and the attendees to have a good time, but it was so bad last time that I was at wit's end. This year, I'm leaving town for the weekend because of the Festival... In a separate thread nerak suggested they turn the stage towards the ocean rather than the city. A growing number of people seem to agree that the best venue for this festival is TECT park. Let's see how it goes this year. BTW, Pato, there were many people who WANTED to complain about the noise levels but switchboard was jammed... so probably more than 100 complaints... Hope you have a successful and enjoyable Festival and accept that you are trying to address the issues.


Posted on 03-02-2017 14:02 | By terminator

Hopefully no one will be stabbed this year. Last year I spent three hours cleaning blood off my driveway and building from a serious stabbing that occurred. Blood sprayed over about 8sqm. I hope they have their security sorted this year.


Posted on 03-02-2017 09:49 | By waiknot

Hey it didn't happen every week or month. I often hear the music from the old Brewers Bar. I make a coffee or get a beer sit on the veranda read a book and have a listen

noise monitors

Posted on 03-02-2017 08:53 | By hapukafin

the council have monitors go around to check on stock cars,why not at music fests


Posted on 03-02-2017 08:46 | By dumbkof2

why does this so called music have to be so loud.

Ha ha funny.

Posted on 03-02-2017 07:08 | By jed

We used to have neighbours that partied every weekend from 7pm to midnight -- it took Tauranga councile nearly 6 months to finally put a noise abatement on them . .. So why the big issue about 2 days? Noise control were mostly ineffective for us -- often they would say they cannot make it for a few hours, and I'd ask why, they say they get too busy in the weekend. Surely that means they need more staff in weekends?

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