The Kiwiburn 2016 AGM

Shelley Watson

The Kiwiburn 2016 AGM was held at 8pm on 17 August in web chat format and was attended by a large number of Kiwiburners. Thanks to everyone who joined in. The transcript may be downloaded here. The Agenda was as follows: Review of the previous year; – Chairperson’s Report – Treasurer’s Financial Report – Festival Afterburn Report http://www.kiwiburn.com/afterburn/ – Financials for … Read More

Kiwiburn will NOT happen in 2017 unless…

Shelley Watson

Kiwiburn is a community not a company – this means YOU ARE Kiwiburn, and right now Kiwiburn needs people to volunteer for all sorts of jobs big and small. There are four key roles which are the bare minimum needed for Kiwiburn 2017 to go ahead: Administration Team Lead Operations Manager Purchasing Officer Volunteer Engagement Coordinator More info on these … Read More

Art Grants are open!

Shelley Watson

Tensegrity by Joel Pitt at Kiwiburn 2016

Art Grants applications are open! If you have a wonderful vision for art on the Paddock, have a read of the criteria online here, then apply by 12 September. We can’t want to see your ideas and help make your dream a reality on the Paddock in 2017 when the robots will be coming – get to it!

To burn or not to burn, that is the question.

Shelley Watson

Kiwiburn needs your help… many of our lead roles need to be filled, and soon, or The Robots may not be coming in 2017. 100% volunteer-run and growing each year, we need YOU to help make Kiwiburn 2017 happen! The robots might be scary, though what will be even scarier is if we don’t get enough of our community volunteering. … Read More

The 2017 poster competition winner(s)!

Shelley Watson

The Robots Are Coming to the Paddock and they look like they mean business! Thanks to the combined talents of Tara Fowler and Will Bennett, we have an amazing poster design for 2017. Tara’s concept of, “huge robots literally invading the Paddock created using a photomontage technique to portray a psychedelic explosion of combined cosmic and burner energy”, caught the … Read More

Call for Effigy and Temple designs!

Shelley Watson

The largest art pieces on the Paddock are created by passionate Kiwiburners like you. Do you have an idea? And a hankering to build large art? Make your ideas a reality – the ExCom is receiving Expressions of Interest (EOI) for both the Temple and Effigy crew managers.Your EOI needs to include: – An image of the design – A … Read More

The Giant Weta is taking shape!

Shelley Watson

The Giant Weta has only a few days left on its crowdfunding campaign and less than three weeks until it ships! Weta HQ in Auckland has been a hive of activity with the crew valiantly navigating the logistics of making art in New Zealand to ship 6,500 miles across the Pacific to Black Rock City! DONATE HERE NOW! And have a look … Read More

On the Fly

Shelley Watson

“What if we had a place to experiment with and apply the Ten Principles 365 days a year, in addition to the one-week event?” Burning Man has put its money where its mouth is and bought a thermal wonderland near Black Rock City! Read all about it here.

Camping in the Forest

Shelley Watson

After a Serious Harm Incident at Kiwiburn this year, Worksafe undertook an investigation, standard procedure for an event of this nature. Kiwiburn has been diligent in providing them with all information relating to our set up and processes which have been developed over the years by our volunteers. Worksafe completed their investigation and decided it is not in the public … Read More

And the Art Theme for 2017 is…

Shelley Watson

Thank you for all your entries – the Art Theme for 2017 has been chosen and robots are coming to invade the Paddock! Congratulations to Karl Matthews for his winning idea: THE ROBOTS ARE COMING… “Robots of all shapes and sizes, from exotic and strange lands, from the past and the distant, and not so distant future. Many will give … Read More

Help The Giant Weta get to the Playa

Shelley Watson

The Giant Weta logo

The Giant Weta is a 2016 Black Rock City Honoraria project from New Zealand which will bring a large steel weta to Burning Man, Kiwiburn and beyond. Older than some dinosaurs, the endangered Giant Weta needs your help! Not known for it’s beauty, the world’s heaviest insect is heading to the Playa this year as an art project led by Auckland Burners. To craft … Read More

2017 dates announced

Shelley Watson

We have some exciting news! Kiwiburn 2017 will be held from Wednesday 25 January through to Monday 30 January. Mark it in your calendars and diaries, book the time off work and let all your friends know. What will you bring? You have plenty of time to prepare and come up with fantastic ideas for art, camps and costumes, and … Read More

2017 Kiwiburn Art Theme – call for ideas!

Shelley Watson

Do you have ideas for an Art Theme yet for Kiwiburn 2017? We’re not suggesting there should be unicorns roaming the Paddock, men in spacesuits or people falling down rabbit holes, though we’d love to know what you’re thinking! Inspired? Head here to fill out the form with your idea and a short description by midnight, Thursday 7 April.

MOOP Map released

Shelley Watson

MOOP = Matter Out Of Place. Kiwiburn is a Leave No Trace event which means you are responsible for the condition of your campsite and nearby public areas on the Paddock. Kiwiburn’s first ever MOOP map, created by our first ever MOOP team, is now online here and shows the areas left clean as well as Theme Camps that could … Read More

Kiwiburn 2016 in the papers

Shelley Watson

Some of the local media came along to the Paddock to check out Kiwiburn. Click on the name of the publications to read their impressions: Kiwiburn festival comes back to Hunterville by Suff.co.nz art writer, Carly Thomas. Kiwiburn blazes by the Rangitikei from The Wanganui Chronicle‘s Zaryd Wilson. Feel the Burn, from The Wanganui Chronicle‘s Zaryd Wilson

Local paper on the Paddock

Shelley Watson

The Manawatu Standard arrived on the Paddock on Wednesday and our media team showed them round the site. Their observations are here.

Radical Self-reliance

Shelley Watson

Kiwiburn is built on the ten principles of Burning Man. Number four is Radical Self-reliance; you need to bring EVERYTHING you need to survive with you, including water, whether you’re a Theme Camp or a happy camper. There will be no access to farm water. It is not Kiwiburn’s responsibility to provide you with safe drinking water – you should bring … Read More

Respect our Burn Perimeter!

Shelley Watson

At the Effigy and Temple burns, we take special safety precautions to make sure our participants and the firefighters who help us with our burns are safe. DO NOT CROSS THE BURN PERIMETER! It is clearly marked out around each big burn and patrolled by volunteers and firefighters to ensure people stay safely behind the line until the structure has … Read More

Map of the Paddock

Shelley Watson

Where will you be camping? What will be happening on the Paddock? Is there a Pot Luck dinner every night? You’ll hardly be able to contain your emotions once you read the Event Guide, which is finalised and has gone to print! A copy is handed out at Gate when you arrive, or download the PDF. And download and print … Read More

Event Guide

Shelley Watson

What will you be doing on the Paddock? Download the Event Guide – there are so many amazing events happening. You’ll receive a printed copy at Gate when you arrive which also includes a site map! Have a read of the online version, being updated daily