Two-day mass dance party ends calmly

Christchurch Press 4 January 1999

A cloud of dust hung over the top of the Takaka Hill as more than 8,000 people left the remote Gathering site at the end of the 48-hour dance party.

The final evening of the party on New Year's Day was quiet, with no incidents reported and no-one taken off the site due to injury. Those who attended praised the event. "It's been amazing. Where else can you go and get 100 smiles against one frown?" David Oxenbridge, of Christchurch, said. "It's a combination of all the karma everyone brings, it's a celebration of participation," Wellington's Darren Dowdall said.

NZPA - Christchurch Press, 4 January 1999

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