New Zealand Harvest Festival have now confirmed their new confirmed venue after authorities and residents raised concerns about it being held at a council reserve.
The festival will be held at
In a video posted to social media this morning from the Harvest Festival's new site in a misty paddock north-west of Gore, organiser Joe Nicolson was relatively upbeat.
"We've had a really rough road getting here guys but we're not giving up.''
Mr Nicolson, also known as Growseph Green, said buses would run from the Whakamana Cannabis Museum in Princes St, Dunedin to the new site at 11 O'Shea Rd, near State Highway 94 between Riversdale and Balfour, leaving at 8am and noon tomorrow.
Refunds would also be offered, he said, but it was unclear whether this would cover the travel costs of people who had journeyed from as far afield as Northland for the festival.
Council and police officers yesterday tried to close down the planned cannabis festival, but organisers vowed that the show will go on at a different site.
Dunedin City Council community services general manager Simon Pickford turned up with police about 1.30pm and issued trespass notices to organisers and some of the few attendees who had turned up early to the festival at the Woodside Glen council reserve.
The Harvest Festival is set to start on Saturday, to coincide with 4/20 (April 20), a worldwide day of cannabis celebration.
Organiser Joe Nicolson says the cannabis and hemp festival was a more professional alternative to the J Day cannabis smoking protest in the Octagon in previous years.
It is billed online as a celebration of all things cannabis, headlined by Tiki Taane, and featuring hemp and cannabis businesses, music, food, workshops and panel discussions.
Tickets start at $100 and can be brought here: www.harvestfestival.nz/collections/tickets