Sandra is a senior crimes and justice reporter for the Bay of Plenty Times.

One Love crowd well behaved as Bay basks in summer vibe at park, beach and pub

Lucy Langeluddecke (left) and Komisi Bloomfield chill out at One Love. PHOTO/ANDREW WARNER
Lucy Langeluddecke (left) and Komisi Bloomfield chill out at One Love. PHOTO/ANDREW WARNER

Good vibes filled the air at the two-day reggae music festival One Love with police making only five arrests for minor alcohol-related offences in the vicinity of the venue.

Tens of thousands of people packed into Tauranga Domain to feel the love and catch performances by crowd favourites including Katchafire, Six60, Sons of Zion, Aaradhna and Tomorrow People.

Senior Sergeant Steven Shaw said the five arrests resulted in pre-charge warnings.

"Overall, we've been pleased with the crowd's behaviour and are really happy to see how people are looking after themselves and their friends. This includes drinking a lot of water to stay hydrated in the sun," he said.

The sun was roasting, the tunes were pumping and there was something for everyone at One Love.

"You can rage in the mosh pit or chill a bit further back," festival-goer Lucy Langeluddecke said, comfortably sitting on a picnic blanket, a drink in hand.

"I'm loving it. The organisers have catered to all the patrons needs - there's free sunscreen, water and plenty of toilets and bins."

Everyone had been respectful so far, no one was too wasted and, surprisingly, people were cleaning up after themselves, Ms Langeluddecke said.

It wasn't all free sunblock and toilets - the music line-up was fantastic, she said.

"They've spread all the good acts through each day so they aren't all grouped at once."

One Love was a 10 out of 10 for Ms Langeluddecke.

The "crazy heat" was getting to one festival-goer but she wasn't about to let it get in the way of a great concert.

"The vibe is working for me, the set up they have here is great," Te Aroha Henare said.

The festival was one of several major events in Tauranga over the summer period bringing in visitors. Four months out from the festival, accommodation in the city was almost booked out.

Tauranga City Council dealt with one "verbal" noise complaint about the festival which was investigated and resulted in council taking no action, a council spokeswoman said.

Alan Mundy, Surf Life Saving New Zealand's national operations manager, said there had been no reports of any water rescues across the Eastern Bay of Plenty region this weekend.

Local beaches were packed but, due to the cool 17.6C average water temperature, swimmers were not spending a lot of time in the water other than to refresh themselves, he said.

"Our lifeguards are reporting more and people are seeking their advice before heading into the surf which we are really happy to see. It's brilliant, that's exactly what we want."

Mr Mundy said the only major concern was the increasing number of stand-up paddle boarders who were paddling too close to swimmers.

"If one of them fell off and their paddle hit a swimmer in the head or the chest it could result in extremely serious injuries," Mr Mundy said.

Some restaurant and bar operators down on The Strand said they were not as busy as they had expected, possibly due to the One Love festival, but were "quite busy" at times.

Crown and Badger duty manager Phil Peakin said the tavern was definitely very busy between 11am and 5pm both on Saturday and yesterday.

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