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Location(s)Hunterville, Manawatu-Wanganui region, New Zealand
Most recentJan 25 - 30, 2017
Participants1600 [2017][1]

Kiwiburn is a regional Burning Man event celebrating principles such as inclusion, radical self-expression, gifting, participative art and culture.


In 1994 Mark ‘Yonderman’ Stirling and his partner Jane discovered Burning Man by accident while on a camping trip in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Mark decided to stage the first regional burn in New Zealand in late 2003 as part of the South Island's Visionz festival. It was met with great enthusiasm from the participants, so the 2005 and 2006 burns took place as stand-alone events, attracting around 200 people (Mark co-ran these events with Grant ‘Tribalman’ Knowles, a friend and local drum-maker/festival organizer).

2007 marked the first year the festival was held in the North Island. In mid-2006, amidst the planning for the 2007 event, a group of highly enthused, motivated burners joined with Yonderman to form an organizational structure and bring the event north. The event was aptly named Megamorphosis, which means Massive Change. Kiwiburn has helped create a large community of burners around New Zealand, and the annual event, along with the occasional localized gatherings, continues to maintain its unique culture [3]

Kiwiburn celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2013, with the theme enlighTENment!

After seven burns in Whakamaru, Kiwiburn moved to a private farm in Hunterville in 2014. It was a huge undertaking to find a new site, close to a town and away from roads, where the locals immediately embraced the festival's culture.

A small team of devoted and talented Kiwiburners from around the country now organise Kiwiburn. These people had a vision of what a New Zealand burner event could be like, and the people who came not knowing a thing about the culture of Burning Man continue to embrace it, and want more. Information and reviews of subsequent Kiwiburns can be found in the annual Afterburn Report.[2]


Fire poi at Kiwiburn '08

As a Regional Burning Man Event, Kiwiburn adheres to the ten principles of Burning Man. Among these are the Leave No Trace philosophy, radical self-expression, radical self-reliance, and communal effort.[3]

Theme Camps are one of the key components of vibrant regional Burning Man events. Theme Camps are established by participants to enhance the experience for all participants. Theme Camps often put on events during Kiwiburn so that participants get to know each other and encourage each other to get more involved [4].

Notable, recurrent theme camps include "The Green Fairy", "The Green Room", "Balrogs", "Dancealot", "Wilderland", "Chur", "Taradise" and "Camp F*ck Yeah".

The theme for 2017 was The Robots are Coming.[5]

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