Ticket Lottery Recap – What Happens to Those who had Tickets for Kiwiburn 2022?

Jul 11, 2022

Just in case you missed the last ticket lottery update, or have been so busy day-dreaming about Kiwiburn 23 that the message is now lost in the brain-void forever, here’s a lil refresher.

After much debate and consideration about how to bring balance and fairness to both those who managed to score a ticket for Kiwiburn 22 and those who missed out, here is what we’ve come up with:

General Sale Adult Ticket Holders:
If you purchased a general sale ticket for Kiwiburn 22, as part of the lottery or on STEP, and received your refund of 85% of the ticket price, you’ll 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 the event which did not happen.)


  • Think of this as a boost in luck, not a financial benefit. The extra weighting gives last year’s ticket holders a slightly increased chance of being offered a general sale ticket to purchase through the lottery.
  • The weighting will be applied to the email address that was on the ticket at the time of the refund, not the original purchaser. This assumes that the person named on the ticket was the one who would’ve 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. You still only receive a 15% weighting even if you happen to have the same email address on multiple tickets.

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 since 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.

Art Grant Recipients:
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 23. If so, you’ll be able to purchase this same reserve ticket again.

Theme Camps:
If you’re part of a Theme Camp, the Theme Camp coordinators will be checking in with you to see if you’ll be bringing your Theme Camp to the Paddock next year. Your camp will be able to purchase, at minimum, the same number of reserve tickets that it was allocated for Kiwiburn 22 (Theme Camps will be allocated more tickets overall, see more info here). 

This entire 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 ample opportunity for anyone else to secure the right to buy a ticket as well. 

Orrrr… wanna skip the lottery altogether? Apply for a volunteer role

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