The Operations Team responds to your 2017 Census feedback

Shelley WatsonCollexodus, Exodus, Kiwiburn, Leave no trace, Team Leads

Poppy Norman on the Paddock

Kiwiburn’s Operations Team Lead, Poppy Norman has taken the time to respond to your questions and comments from this year’s Census. Her role involves overseeing and supporting all the onsite departments, Team Leads and managers, as well as liaising with the Council, landowners, vendors and emergency services. Poppy is onsite for one month as well as planning during the year. … Read More

Volunteering for Kiwiburn

Shelley Watson2ICs, Team Leads, Volunteer, Volunteers

The Depot at Kiwiburn 2015

By Karl Matthews, Volunteer Team Co-Lead Kiwiburn is almost entirely organised and operated by volunteers, without whom there would be no Kiwiburn. The organisation is in a significant period of change with many of our wonderful Team Leads deciding to step down or change roles. Consequently, we’ll soon be launching a full scale recruitment drive to uncover new leaders who … Read More

Kiwiburn’s Parking Policy

Isa PearlKiwiburn, Policy


To make better use of the site, and help create a more people-friendly space, there is a new Parking Policy for the 2017 event* which limits vehicles allowed on the festival site. In the past at Kiwiburn, you may have camped next to your vehicle on the Paddock, however, because of space constraints, our new Parking Policy means that cars … Read More

Kiwiburn Innovation Grant 2017

Shelley WatsonGrants, Innovation Grants, Kiwiburn, Kiwiburn wahine

Kiwiburn wahine, by Amy Potenger

– by Alicia May Be For a number of years now Kiwiburn has given out Innovation Grants to projects which improve the festival experience in some way. The winners in 2016 were not beautiful solar flowers to light up our usually adventurous way to the loos, but something rather different – a Community Woman’s Space. This space, which has been named … Read More

Community Engagement Lead

Shelley WatsonExCom, Faces of Kiwiburn, Kiwiburn

Kiwiburn is full of all sorts of wonderful people like you! Kiwiburn is a community, not just an organisation, and it’s growing daily, so we appointed a Community Engagement Lead to act as a conduit between the decision makers and those affected by the decisions. Jo Artemis will be facilitating information sharing and consultation to encourage active participation and a … Read More

Planning for the 2017 event

Shelley WatsonExCom, Kiwiburn

Each Kiwiburn is different – as we grow the needs of our community change. There are some significant changes to ticketing for 2017 so we want you to be prepared before they go on sale on Wednesday 12 October. Firstly, a ticket to Kiwiburn will cost $170 + booking fee. Secondly, the ticketing structure will be flat – there will be no … Read More

We need YOU to help make Kiwiburn 2017 happen!

Shelley WatsonExCom, Kiwiburn

Have you ever wondered how many people it takes to successfully run Kiwiburn? A recent survey of our Operational Team Leads showed that over 300 volunteers make Kiwiburn run. That’s one person for every five participants volunteering in some capacity; from doing just one several-hour shift at Greeters, Gate, Depot, or Black Sheep Rangers, to putting in hundreds of hours … Read More

Faces of Kiwiburn: from participant to volunteer

Shelley WatsonFaces of Kiwiburn

Hana Tuwhare shares her experiences of becoming involved with Kiwiburn: “I first heard about this Burning Man thing while I was in high school from a family friend named Kiwi. He never ceased to rant and rave about it. By the time I left high school, he had successfully convinced a few friends and I to head over in 2006. We got … Read More

Camping in the Forest

Shelley WatsonExCom, Kiwiburn

  Each Kiwiburn, many things happen which we learn from to improve the overall experience. This year we had a Serious Harm Incident where a participant was badly injured when part of a tree landed on her, leading to an investigation. Kiwiburn has been working with Worksafe to ensure all relevant information be gathered and presented for them to make an … Read More

Introducing the new central hub of Kiwiburn: The Village!

Isa PearlArt, Kiwiburn

The kiwiburn valley

Located in the upper paddock, The Village is designed to be a vibrant cultural and informational hub. In this space you will find the The Depot (info and ice sales), The Artery and the new and improved Town Hall (formerly Centre Camp). This hub is also a space for art, music, lounging, shade and possibly coffee! This central area is a … Read More

Health and Safety on the Paddock

Isa PearlKiwiburn

The kiwiburn valley

Going to a burn is kind of like camping… well, like camping if you take “tents, no electricity, and lying around” and you add “flamethrowers, twerking competitions, all night dancing and 5am yoga sessions”. See? Just like camping. And just like camping, a little bit of preparation will help you to stay healthy so you can get the most out … Read More

Kids at Kiwiburn!

Isa PearlKids, Kiwiburn

People often ask what it’s like to bring kids to Kiwiburn. Kids tend to love Kiwiburn. They have a lot of fun. There is so much to do and see! However they do require more care than older people, so if you are thinking about bringing your kids to Kiwiburn, it pays to be prepared. Children have a long history … Read More

The Temple In A Heartbeat

Isa PearlBurning Man, Kiwiburn, The Temple

The Temple is one of the things that makes burns different from other festivals. It belongs to no religion, yet it is spiritual; it is a place for emotion, for release, for grief, for letting go… it is a sacred space. Sometimes people get too carried away with their radical self-expression and fail to respect the Temple, those who made … Read More

How we use the Ten Principles

Isa PearlBurning Man, Burning Seed

We recently stumbled upon this great write-up about how different people relate to and enact the 10 principles at Burning Seed, our Australian sister burn.  This was originally posted on Philosophy of Burning, by Wonka.   Recently, I’ve surveyed many members of the Australian Burning community broadly about their experience with the principles. Beautiful, inspiring stories of transformative effects in … Read More

What’s it like to plan and build the effigy?

Isa PearlArt, Kiwiburn, Leave no trace, The Effigy

Have you ever thought of building the Kiwiburn Effigy? Find out what the experience is like from Nico Skyfister who brought us the 2015 Papatuanuku Woman Effigy. Planning and building the effigy was one of the most challenging and exhilarating experiences I have ever undertaken. It is not something that can readily be undertaken on your own without the support and … Read More

Nothing to complain about

Isa PearlExCom, Kiwiburn, Policy

Each year as Kiwiburn grows and evolves, new issues crop up so it is always important to find appropriate solutions. At our most recent burn, the behaviour of a few participants was highlighted as a problem. To ensure Kiwiburn is a safe environment for all, our volunteer committee – The ExCom (Executive Committee) – has voted to adopt an official … Read More

Processing the Temple of Wyrd

Isa PearlArt, Kiwiburn, The Temple

Have you ever wondered how the Temple and Effigy even exist at all? Who designs them? Who builds them? Who decides? What are they… even? Rohana Weaver was the successful applicant for Kiwiburn 2015’s Temple design. She put together a team and led the build to make it happen.  She enlightens us about what designing and building the Temple was like for her: … Read More

What’s it like to build large art on the paddock?

Isa PearlArt, Kiwiburn

Tensegrity by Joel Pitt at Kiwiburn 2016

By Joel Pitt I’m one of the creators of Tensegrity, a spinning 3m tall metal and LED light sculpture that we took to Kiwiburn Wyrd in 2015. The previous year (2014) I’d brought the Sensorium to The Paddock, which was my first exploration into electronics, construction, and art installations. While there were lots of ups and downs, things breaking, and learning from experience, after the … Read More