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New Year’s music festival Rhythm and Alps eases squeeze on emergency services

New Year’s music festival Rhythm and Alps eases squeeze on emergency services

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The South Island’s biggest New Year’s party, acclaimed international music festival Rhythm and Alps (R&A), has acquired a fully-functioning fire engine in an effort to alleviate pressure on Wanaka’s emergency services at the busiest time of year in the resort town.

More than 5000 partygoers are expected to converge at Robrosa Station in Wanaka’s iconic Cardrona Valley each day of annual two-day event, which begins on December 30. R&A 2015 is headlined by renowned musical acts such as Shihad, Carl Cox, Katchafire and Sticky Fingers.

Festival owner and director Alex Turnbull says the decision to purchase the Hino 1986 fire appliance off TradeMe was based on his company’s ambition to develop R&A into a completely self-sufficient event.

“One of our goals as a company is to take as much strain off the community and the local resources as possible, especially the emergency services such as the police, St John, the fire department and traffic management,” he says. “Wanaka is an awesome New Year’s destination which means these resources are all pushed to the limit during this time. So Rhythm and Alps is becoming a completely self-contained festival in which we have our own staff and run our own systems.”

The purchase has come at an ideal time, with high temperatures and high winds in and around Wanaka pushing the fire danger to ‘extreme’. Six R&A site crew members will soon undergo informal training with the local fire brigade and are planning to become registered volunteer fire fighters early next year. The endeavour has been welcomed by the Otago Rural Fire Authority (ORFA).

“It’s great that Rhythm & Alps have recognised the threat of fire for their venue and have taken a measure to deal with that,” ORFA Deputy Principal Rural Fire Officer Jamie Cowan says. “The ORFA has offered further support of hose and equipment for their appliance on the basis that they use local trained and qualified resources.”

Although no fires or police arrests have ever taken place at R&A, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, Turnbull says the precautionary measure is a testament to the festival’s ongoing commitment to safety. The acquisition also provides an opportunity for R&A’s organisers to give back to the wider Wanaka community – the 13-tonne fire engine will soon be parked up on Wanaka’s Kanuka Rise, one of New Zealand’s extreme hot spots and an area recognised as high risk by the ORFA.

“If a fire starts up there then the water is in the truck ready to go,” Turnbull says. “We’ll also be donating the fire engine to be used at various community functions, whether it be a school fundraiser, a sporting event or a Santa parade. We are open to ideas.”

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Photo caption: Rhythm and Alps 2015 crew (from left) Ataahua Toi Whenua, Alex Turnbull, Kerry Addison, Rob Cunningham, Ashleigh O’Connor, Rosco Davies, Tom Stabler, Ben Cunningham-Powell, Simon Midgley stand on R&A’s own fire engine at the festival location, Robrosa Station in the Cardrona Valley. Photo credit: Brett Cronin

For more information, please contact:
Rhythm and Alps festival director Alex Turnbull – +64 21 564 099
alex@rhythmandalps.co.nz

About Rhythm and Alps
Rhythm and Alps is the South Island’s biggest New Year’s party and music festival. More than 5000 partygoers – including campers and non-camping ticket holders – are expected to attend the 2015 event, set amidst the spectacular scenery of Wanaka’s Cardrona Valley.

Limited tickets are still available at www.rhythmandalps.co.nz. Tickets are $175 for a two-day pass and single day passes are $109. Add-ons including VIP, Glamping, Campervans and general camping are also available: camping is $70 for two nights, $95 for three nights and campervan passes are $100. Glamping packages start from $1770 for the ultimate, all-inclusive experience for four people

2015 lineup

CARL COX / SHIHAD / STICKY FINGERS / CHALI 2NA AND THE HOUSE OF VIBE / THE OPIUO BAND / KATCHAFIRE / WEIRD TOGETHER / STICKYBUDS / MACHINEDRUM / MALA / ED RUSH AND OPTICAL / MARKY / KAMANDI / SONS OF ZION / REMI / TRUTH / AMIT / DUB PHIZIX AND STRATEGY AHORIBUZZ / ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE / REALITY CHANT AND DEADLY HUNTA / SOULSYSTEM / KAISER SOUZAI / AME / OUT OF SORTS / JPS / THANKS / CIVILIAN SOL / SUMMER THIEVES / KUMARA FUNK DJS / GASP / ARMA DEL AMOR / YVNALESCA / MURRY SWEETPANTS / GRAEME JAMES / SINCLAIR / KAKAPO / RIBERA / MR SALMON / C:SHE / ALIAS / RYDR / SPYCC / STUBACCA / BASS INTRUSION / WOOSH / VINE / STRANGE / SUBVERSION / GETSET / SKYFAWKES / SMITB / ZANNIN / ALBY / EMERSON / LXTZ / STEF T / CHACHI / ROBERT GLEN / SANS TRIBE

Rebecca Williamson
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