Volunteering with Volcor

Shelley Watson

A HUGE thank you to everyone who has taken the time to register on our new volunteer management system, Volcor – the response to our volunteer drive has been incredible! We have had some truly amazing people step up! If you haven’t had a chance to register, please take a moment to do so soon. Registration only takes five minutes … Read More

It’s National Volunteer Week in New Zealand!

Shelley Watson

  Enormous thank yous to all our volunteers for all you do and the time you gift. Kiwiburn is jumping for joy to be using Volcor, a dedicated online platform for managing Volunteers! The Volunteer Team introduced it to you a couple of days ago and is excited about its features and efficiencies! Have you put your hand up to volunteer for … Read More

Burners old and new, this is a call out for your community!

Shelley Watson

KB17 town hall by amy pote

You’ve probably already heard that Kiwiburn is entirely run by volunteers, but though have you ever really imagined it? You’re standing in the Paddock, it’s the afternoon before the Man burns, all around you people spanning the fancy dress spectrum roam and make merriment. Your friends, your community. Any number of the people you see here are, right now, sitting … Read More

The 2018 dates, theme and poster competition!

Shelley Watson

KIWIBURN 2018 will take place 24–29 January, and the Art Theme is THE GRAND BIZARRE!   Thank you everyone for all your theme ideas – we had over 50 submissions. The winning idea came from Fletcher Handscomb who explains: “They would gather from all corners of the globe, to gaze, wonder and participate in THE GRAND BIZARRE.”   Now we … Read More

Turbulent tummies in Tankwa Town

Shelley Watson

AfrikaBurn 2015

photo by Sean Furlong, 2015 A lot of people were struck down by gastro illnesses at AfrikaBurn this year. It’s a timely reminder to practice good hygiene while at a Burn event. Read more about the incidents at AfrikaBurn here. And read more about ways to stay safe on the Paddock in our Survival Guide here.

Burning Seed 2017 tickets

Shelley Watson

Deep Space Burning Seed 2016 poster

The floodwaters have receded, refunds have been made and tickets for Burning Seed 2017: DEEPER SPACE go on sale THIS WEEK! All you need to know is here.

Connect with Burners in your community

Shelley Watson

Wanting to meet up with local Burners? Check out the ever-growing list on the Kiwiburn website and get connected to your community! And if your Group isn’t listed yet, get in touch with the team to get it added so more people can find you. Check out the page here for more information.

Theme ideas for 2018

Shelley Watson

The Robots came and went! What will be the Kiwiburn Art Theme for 2018? If you’ve found some inspiration and have a theme in mind, head to the website to fill out the form with your idea and a short description! 

Come to your Census!

Shelley Watson

KB16 Census

Wow! The Robots sure had fun on the Paddock. We want to get to know you better and learn more about your experiences at Kiwiburn. Please take just a few minutes today to fill it out the ONLINE CENSUS. And share the link with your campmates too – your feedback helps make Kiwiburn better every year! You can fill it … Read More

‘Kiwiburn 2017: The Robots Are Coming’ in the media

Shelley Watson

Hippathy Valentine and The Giant Weta at Kiwiburn 2017

  A collection of Kiwiburn stories in the media in 2017. New Zealand Herald Local Focus movie of Kiwiburn. Watch here. Wanganui Chronicle article on The Giant Weta at Kiwiburn. Read here. Wanganui Chronicle feature article on Kiwiburn. Read here. Manawatu Standard article on Kiwiburn. Read here. Radio New Zealand interview with Hippathy Valentine. Listen here. Radio New Zealand article on noise complaints. Read here.

What will you be doing on the Paddock?

Shelley Watson

You can now download the Event Guide here – there are so many amazing events happening this year. There’s also a Site Map in the Guide so you can find your favourite Theme Camps and discover the Art Installations around the Paddock! You’ll receive a printed copy at Gate when you arrive too.

Be prepared for all weather!

Shelley Watson

The predicted weather bomb hit the North Island last night bringing strong winds, including at the Kiwiburn site. Are you prepared for how your shade and camp structures will handle the wind? High winds on site today have brought down two trees in the Forest and reshaped a couple of structures. Make sure you have enough rope and plenty of … Read More

Help fund some art on the Paddock!

Shelley Watson

The Giant Weta on the Paddock! It’s not just robots invading the Paddock – there’s giant insects too! Or there will be if enough money gets raised this week for The Giant Weta team. She arrived back in New Zealand in the nick of time and needs YOUR HELP to fund the transport, logistics and LPG to get her from Auckland … Read More

No camping in the Forest in 2017

Shelley Watson

KB16 panorama from hill

The long awaited and very crucial decision regarding Forest camping has just been made. Extensive work in the Forest continues to be done, though with the extremely strong winds on site the past few weeks (and likely to continue) it has been increasingly hard to accurately assess the situation. With only a few spaces where the risk is minimal enough … Read More

The Artery needs you

Shelley Watson

The ARTery is a space at Kiwiburn dedicated to spreading the word about the amazing Art Grants on offer and ensuring people have a creative space on the Paddock – it needs your help! Do you have any spare art supplies lying around? Paint, pens, paper or anything else artsy and crafty that you want to share with other Burners … Read More

Camping at Kiwiburn

Shelley Watson

You’ve arrived! Take care driving down the hill from Gate to the Paddock – the road is loose gravel, steep in parts with sharp bends – so take it slowly on your way to Greeters and put your hazard lights on. After you have been greeted, drive slowly to the where you’ve been directed. The top paddock is where the Depot (information centre), Town Hall (Centre Camp), Effigy … Read More

Arriving at Kiwiburn!

Shelley Watson

We know you’re eager to get to the Paddock! Only volunteers, artists and Theme Camp representatives with approved early entry will be allowed onsite before Gate opens on 25 January 2017 – no exceptions. We will be enforcing a strict early entry policy as we are on private property and need to keep our pre-event population to a minimum. NOTE: being a volunteer does NOT get you on the … Read More

Theme Camps and Events registrations closing soon!

Shelley Watson

Planned a Theme Camp at Kiwiburn? The Paddock is filling up quickly so to get placed on site, and listed in the Event Guide, you’ll need to fill in the form on the website here before midnight Wednesday 11 January to register your Theme Camp (nb small camps only as all large camp spots are full). And if you’re hosting an … Read More

Camping in the Forest Update

Shelley Watson

The Forest on the way to the river is one of your favourite places to hang out at Kiwiburn, both day and night. The trees in the Forest have recently been assessed by a qualified arborist and their report shows considerable work needs to be done throughout to help ensure a safe environment. While we have engaged qualified people to … Read More