Welcome to Tuesday, your regular Kiwiburn news-day. We've rounded up the runaway news into this one tidy email for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

In this edition:


Kiwiburn 2023: Important updates from our Summit

Posted: Monday 16 May   » View on Website

On the weekend of 29 April ExCom* members sequestered themselves in a beautiful, isolated AirBnb at Manukau Heads near Auckland and hashed out the parameters for Kiwiburn 2023. There were presentations by the Green Kiwi Sustainability team and a virtual meeting with the Paddock landowners. Our Facilitators also  presented many ideas and proposals for our future. All in all, it was a very productive and packed weekend.

Here are the major decisions taken: 

  • Date: Kiwiburn 2023 will definitely be held 25 – 30 January 2023. Ta-da!!! >>sound of party poppers<<. Ok, while this is hardly a surprise, the date does need to be confirmed officially every year, so here we go! 
  • Numbers: The overall attendance for Kiwiburn 2023 will again be capped at 2300. We never had a chance to run at that number in 2022 and with a bunch of other changes, and a renewed appreciation that nothing in life is guaranteed, this seems sensible. 
  • Ticket split: Ticket sales for Kiwiburn 2023 will be split 40:60 between the General Sale and Reserve tickets (Volunteers, Crew, Artists and Theme Camps) respectively. This marks a 10% increase in Reserve tickets compared to Kiwiburn 2022, with the entirety of this increase being allocated to Theme Camps. We realise many Theme Camps struggled with too few tickets in 2022 and the uncertainty that a lottery system brings to the organisation of their camp, so this should help address this. Theme Camps reserves will now account for 35% of all event tickets. 
  • Ticket Lottery: We will use the lottery system again this year for the General Sale. All dates and other info coming shortly! 
  • KB2022 General Sale Ticket Holders: See here for how former 2022 general sale ticket holders will be supported in the lottery this year.
  • General Sale / Lottery Purchasing Window: The main change to the lottery is a shorter window for recipients in the first round of ticket allocations to purchase their ticket. This will now be one week for the first round, moving to the standard STEP 48 hour purchasing  window for subsequent rounds.
  • Gate hours: Gates will now close earlier: at 10pm on Wednesday and 8pm on Thursday and Friday. 
  • Kiwiburn Profiles and Registration: We are changing  the registration process for the lottery and for Kiwiburn – watch this space! 

Most of the above will be elaborated on in subsequent weeks, so keep your ears to the ground, your eyes peeled and any other body part in a heightened state of consciousness for more news to come!

Your current Facilitators, from left to right, are: Chloe (Services), Craig (Community), Holly (Crew), Floyd (Infrastructure), Paul(Arts) – on screen, Andy (Chair/acting Treasurer), Julia (Communications), Tāmati (Community). Absent from this image, but present in the main picture 2nd from left is Briar (Secretary).

If you would like to help shape the future of Kiwiburn, And there are a few Facilitator roles open, see here

*We need a new name! Help us.


Ticket Lottery update

Posted: Monday 16 May   » View on Website

We know all those who purchased tickets for Kiwiburn 2022 via the general sale lottery and then received a refund have been feeling the loss and disappointment, and wondering what happens to you for Kiwiburn 2023. Conversely, everyone who was not successful in the general sale lottery also wants to have a fair chance at getting a ticket this year! We thoroughly debated how to balance these groups, considered all options and here is what we have come up with in an effort to be as fair as possible:

  • General Sale Adult Ticket Holders: If you purchased a general sale ticket for Kiwiburn 2022, as part of the lottery or on STEP, and received your refund of 85% of the ticket price, you will receive an extra weighting of 15% in this year’s lottery. This is to recognise that 15% of the overall ticket price was not refunded and these participants were therefore out of pocket (the un-refunded 15% supported covering the costs of KB2022 which did not happen.) 
    • Notes:
      • This is not a financial benefit, rather a slight increase in the likelihood of being offered a general sale ticket to purchase through the lottery. 
      • We will be applying the weighting to the email address that was on the ticket at time of refund, not to the original purchaser. This assumes that the person on the ticket was the one who would have attended the event, and that they were the one who – perhaps through private transfer if not the original purchaser – took the financial hit from the event being cancelled.
      • Weighting does not stack, so if you happen to have the same email address on multiple tickets you will still only receive a 15% weighting.
  • Crew & Volunteer Reserve Ticket Holders: If you bought a full price ticket as part of a volunteer or crew role (and not in the general sale), you will not receive this extra weighting as the ticket is associated with the role, not the person. Of course if you continue in your role or another qualifying volunteer position, you will get a volunteer allocation again.
  • If you received an Art Grant and associated reserve ticket, the Arts team will be checking in with you to see whether you will be attending Kiwiburn 2023. If so, you will be able to purchase this same reserve ticket again.
  • Similar to the above, if you are a Theme Camp the Theme Camp coordinators will be checking in with you to see whether you will be bringing your Theme Camp to the Paddock for Kiwiburn 2023. Your camp will be able to purchase at minimum the same number of reserve tickets that it was allocated for KB2022 (Theme Camps will be allocated more tickets overall, see more info here). 

This process, including the approach taken to applying the 15% weighting for the general sale lottery, will be fully transparent to you, the community. We are more than happy to share the algorithms and methodology. This solution gives a slight advantage to prior ticket holders, while leaving plenty of scope for anyone else to secure the right to buy a ticket as well. 

Or you could skip the lottery altogether and apply for a volunteer role! Have a look-see riiiiight here


ExCom name

Posted: Monday 16 May   » View on Website
A black and white photograph of a group of old fashioned circus performers

ExCom needs a new name! One that is less stern, corporate and dry and represents what the Facilitators actually do, which is, well, facilitate the necessary bits and pieces to make the Burn happen. 

We’d love for you to submit your ideas of what ExCom should be called going forward. The new name will be selected un-randomly from the submissions received, ideas shouted at parties, brain storming sessions in pubs, and words whispered in the wind.  

Please email with your suggestions. Can’t wait to be reborn like a non-corporate Phoenix!

Image source: Wikimedia Commons


Tinkledrum update

Posted: Monday 16 May   » View on Website

The Tinkle Drum is taking shape! This project follows the legacy of The Giant Weta which earned Black Rock City Honoraria project in 2016. Now we are building a human-powered musical instrument!

The first, smaller(!) prototype build is well underway in preparation for the Netherlands’ Regional Burn  ‘Where the Sheep Sleep‘ next month. The build crew are navigating the challenges of sustainability: reused timber is variable, making Tinkledrum veer off course. How hard can it be to make a perfect circle??? The New Zealand-based part of the team are busy planning a fundraising party (watch this space!), making epic SWAG, and throwing the builders the odd bit of (odd!) advice from down under for good measure.

Check how she rolls!

And in the meantime check the Facebook and Instagram and pages, like and follow to stay up to date with this awesome project. Or even better, donate a fiver (gofundme) now, to help the team secure the materials for the big Nevada build!


Welcome back, Afrikaburn.

Posted: Monday 16 May   » View on Website
The desert, with two large artworks in the distance: the letters "Dream a little dream" on the left, and a colourful, geometrically inspired castle in strong primary colours and black and white on the left.

Afrikaburn was reborn in the flames this April – the event has come back from a two year hiatus, smaller, relocated, but by all means bolder and even more beautiful than before. This EFP writer has shed a tear or two seeing her home Burn come back to life, and if you want to see what it was like, we recommend the lovely photography of Stephen Morrow as a start. 

Image credit: Stephen Morrow


That's it for this week! As always, if you'd like to contribute or volunteer some time, email us! Whether it's an item of news, gossip or reviews... we'd love to hear from you. 
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