One of the world's leading reggae music festivals and the nation's favourite festival experience, One Love, returns to Tauranga this summer.
Festival promoter Pato Alvarez says the event promises some of the biggest names in music including a line-up of more than 20 international acts like Shaggy, Canadian band MAGIC!, J BOOG, Common Kings and FIJI, alongside home-grown favourites House of Shem, 1814 and Sons of Zion.
And with more than 80 per cent of attendees being from out of town, he says the expected economic injection into Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty region is huge.
“Accommodation providers have been fully booked since March of last year with attendees eager to get in quick,” says Pato.
Several improvements have been made to make the event bigger and better for all.
“Last year showed a real need to close the road for the entire duration of the event and for increased security presence on the external environment,” he adds.
“Road closure areas have therefore been increased to cover the closest residents for its duration, ensuring all cars and traffic movements are minimised.”
A separately managed external environment includes tighter security, better waste management and increased noise monitoring staff, ensuring more coverage and data of noise levels, says Pato.
“In addition, a resident hotline has been established, connecting surrounding residents directly to the external environment security supervisor who can co-ordinate a response to any issues raised.
“We've gone from 115 noise complaints in 2016 to only about five in 2017.”
He says the changes will help keep all participants and residents more safe and secure.
“It's important not only to comply with resource consents, but to work alongside the community to minimise as much nuisance, annoyance and disturbance as possible.”
The festival is held over two separate days at the Tauranga Domain on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28.