Party Safe Party People

December 28, 2020

Rhythm and Vines strives to be one of the safest places in the world to celebrate the New Year. This year will be no different. Everyone deserves the right to a fun, happy and safe festival experience.

Find below some information on how to have a safe Rhythm and Vines.


Safety continues to be a massive focus for us this year at the 18th edition of Rhythm & Vines. We want all festy-goers to feel safe and enjoy their time at Waiohika Estate.

A text helpline was implemented in previous years to great success. When people needed assistance, they were able to reach out directly to our Operations team. Please note that this year the text code number has changed to 3960.

We have Zoned Areas and signs around the Festival Site that will let our Operations Team know where you are and we will send the appropriate response teams to your location to assist. Please include as much detail as you can in your message.

More information will be available during the festival in the R&V Mobile App.


Please look after your mates and be aware that there are dangerous substances out there. Head to Know Your Stuff or High Alert for updates nationally around any dangerous batches of drugs discovered in circulation.  



Please don't blame the event organisers. Prior to the law change high profile events like R&V would have been criminalised and potentially shut down for getting us in. Ultimately blame lies with those who blocked the law change from happening last year.

If you would like to see our service at all these large events, please help us gather enough resources to cover them. We run on only donations. We need volunteers, but mostly we need money to buy more spectrometers.




We want to give the attendees of Rhythm and Vines, our staff, suppliers and the Gisborne community at a whole assurances that the festival will be a safe place. The festival has been working closely with authorities and have processes in place should there be any incidents around COVID.

  • Rhythm and Vines Management is part of the New Zealand Events Sector who have determined a Voluntary Code 2020 in response to Covid 19, in conjunction with the New Zealand Government.
  • An increase in Hygiene facilities will be provided across the festival, including hand wash stations, sanitizer. As usual, our St John's Medical Tent will be on hand for any medical events.
  • Unlike previous years, Globelet resusable cups will not be put back into circulation at the event. Instead, the cups will be taken offsite for appropriate cleaning.
Click on the Image for tips on COVID at Rhythm and Vines


Infectious diseases can spread rapidly at a festival. Please don’t come to R&V if you are unwell (cold and flu symptoms), or have had diarrhoea and vomiting within the past 48 hours. Contact our Customer Services team to discuss your options.

Viral gastroenteritis is very infectious and spreads easily in crowds. Risks can be reduced by careful hand-washing after going to the toilet and before handling food.


Please don’t come to R&V if:

  1. You have been diagnosed with measles with a rash starting less than five days ago
  2. you are not vaccinated with MMR
  3. you have been in contact with someone who has measles.‍


Absolutely no forms of sexual harassment be it verbal or physical, nor any discriminatory act including homophobia, racism, transphobia, sexism or other activity that harms another will be tolerated at the festival.

If at any point you feel that you or others’ health or safety is threatened, you should contact the nearest security guard or Police Officer for assistance. Sexual harassment, bullying or any type of unwanted behaviour is not tolerated and will be dealt with appropriately.


Our staff are here to support you. Ask any of our bar or security staff for Angela, if something is making you feel uncomfortable, they will help you get to a safespace discreetly.


Seek help if you feel unwell. You won't get into trouble for telling a healthcare professional what drugs you've taken. Medical services and care spaces are available onsite. You're a mate, not a doctor so don't be afraid to seek help for someone who is unwell.

It's a good idea to stay close to your mates. Agree on a place and time to meet, in case you get separated. Don't rely on your mobile phone – your battery could go flat.


Drink enough water to stay hydrated, especially if you're drinking alcohol.


Wear sun protection, take regular breaks in the shade and have warm clothes ready for when the sun goes down


We love to create spaces that are stimulating for all of the senses. However, we know this can sometimes get overwhelming. The Haven is our safe space area that is located next to St Johns and other medical services. The Haven provides a relaxing sanctuary where trained staff are available for anyone that needs extra support or a quiet moment away. We want everyone to feel safe, so take care of each other. Visit The Haven or tell security if you notice something that doesn’t seem right.


  • Free call or text 1737 anytime to talk with a trained counsellor (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
  • Depression Helpline 0800 111 757 to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling
  • Mental Health Crisis Team 0800 243 500 (Hicks Bay to Gisborne)
  • Call Healthline 0800 611 116 24/7 for medical advice from an experienced nurse

Feeling sick or injured at R&V. There is a nurse who can write prescriptions on site every day from 2pm until midnight. Go to the St John Tent.

Three Rivers Medical Centre

75 Customhouse Street

Open 8am – 8pm weekdays

9am – 6pm on weekends and public holidays.

Call 06 867 7411 before coming in

Dental Care Gisborne A&E Dental

136 Ormond Road

Open 9am-1pm every dayCall 06 929 1614.Visitors welcome

David Moore Pharmacy

75 Customhouse St.

8am-8pm weekdays,

8am-6pm weekends and public holidays.


53 Cnr Ballance St & Ormond Rd

8am-7pm weekdays

9am-6pm weekends and public holidays.


In an Emergency or for serious illness and or injury - dial 111 and ask for an ambulance or go to the Gisborne Hospital Emergency Department.

Open 24/7. Your illness or injury will be assessed. People are seen in the order of the seriousness of their condition; not in the order that they arrive. If it’s not an emergency it won’t be treated like one. Please be aware there may be a long wait for non-emergencies.

Gisborne Hospital

421 Ormond Road

06 869 0500


Lastly and most importantly, please drive responsibly, both to and from the festival. Take plenty of rest stops and don't drive if you are drunk. The campgrounds will remain open until 3pm on January 1 for those who need to sleep it off after their New Year celebrations. Police will be doing breath-testing around the festival area so expect delays and please be patient.

Look forward to seeing you all at Rhythm and Vines 2020, 2021, and beyond.

Team R&V xx