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:


Online Chat with ExCom – Tonight!

Posted: Monday 13 December   » View on Website
Humans seated under stretch tent, Kiwiburn 2017

Hey fam, don’t forget that Kiwiburn’s ExCom are hosting an online meeting tonight at 7:30 pm where you can ask whatever you want to ask about the Burn’s cancellation, refunds, and plans for replacement mini-Burns. 

The link for this meeting is:

Meeting ID: 878 7753 0099

Passcode: 380665

Image Credit: Amy Potenger, Kiwiburn 2017


Assistance for your mini Burn

Posted: Monday 13 December   » View on Website
burning effigy from 2017

In the absence of a big-momma Kiwiburn in 2022, we know many of you eager beavers will be saving up sticks to build your own mini Burns so that you can keep the Paddock alive in a smaller, more intimate, less pandemically-dangerous way. And Kiwiburn’s ExCom are eager to help! If you and your pals are putting on a mini Burn and need guidance with either planning questions that have got you stumped, or getting access to… potentially anything (well, anything legal), get in touch. You can either come along the open meeting tonight, or send us a message at

Image Credit: Peter Jennings, Kiwiburn 2017


Kiwiburn Cancellation FAQs

Posted: Monday 13 December   » View on Website

For a full list of Kiwiburn’s FAQs, see here. These are a few specific questions that participants have been sending us since the 2022 Burn was cancelled:

What is happening with refunds?

This is being worked out as we speak! We’ll let you know when the refunds policy is finalised. In the meantime, keep checking the website, the Kiwiburn Facebook page and group, and of course the Electric Fencepost weekly email (Sign up here if you are not already on the list). We are still finalising costs such as collating outstanding monies owed to artists for works intended for the Paddock and other running costs. We aim to make an announcement before Christmas. 

I bought tickets the day before the announcement. What will happen here?

This is also being worked out as we speak – we’ll let you know when the refunds policy is finalised.

Why was Kiwiburn 2022 cancelled?

This was not an easy decision and there were a number of factors that influenced this outcome:

  • Hunterville falls within the Whanganui DHB area, which at the time of the decision was in red under the new traffic light system. Various projections do not predict this DHB reaching the 90% double vaccine target before the middle/end of January. No event above 100 people can be held in a red zone as rules stand currently.
  • The local iwi Ngāti Hauiti expressed some concerns about Kiwiburn going ahead. The influx of 2300 people from all over the country poses an ethical question as it inevitably increases chances of exposure to the Hunterville area.
  • There is an enormous amount of time, energy and money that goes into preparations in the last two months for everyone, so it was felt that cancelling now rather than in 2-4 weeks was preferable. 
  • While recently announced government grants could be used to recover some event costs, Theme Camps would not have access to this and ExCom felt it was unfair to expect participants to keep spending at their own risk while organisational costs could be covered.
  • There have been significant issues sourcing portaloos due to shortages caused by high demand in the construction industry. 

Read more detail on the decision in our official cancellation announcement.

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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