The EFP reader survey: unraveled

The Electric FencepostKiwiburn, Uncategorized

The Electric Fencepost Super Duper Reader Survey 3000 was created to make sure YOUR newsletter delivers what YOU want, and we are very happy with the feedback. A HUGE thank you to the 93 of you who took the time (234 seconds on average) to fill this in. You are all busy and we appreciate it. Ka pai! In general, … Read More

The importance of a Pirate Ship

The Electric FencepostArt, Grants, Kiwiburn, Volunteer

home made Pirate ship on a hazy lake

How to make Art Grants work for you, by Pete Lumos Wyatt It is January 2008 in a paddock next to the Mangakino MX track, in the middle of the North Island. I am here because my friend Polly Lind suggested I should be. There are 182 people here, mostly youngsters, and I only know a couple of them.  Currently … Read More

Rangering, my gift IV

Kiwiburn Media TeamKiwiburn, The Effigy, Volunteer, Volunteers

Part four by Pete Lumos Wyatt I have talked about Dirt/Dust Rangers who walk the Paddock/Playa (that is my passion), Shift leads who work with the event managers, Dust leads who are senior problem solvers but there is so many more skills and variation in the Ranger Family, and yes we are a family within the greater Burn family, because … Read More

Rangering, my gift III

Kiwiburn Media TeamKiwiburn, Volunteer, Volunteers

Part three by Pete Lumos Wyatt My next burn for the year was AfrikaBurn, the biggest of the regional burns, it is very much like a smaller or younger version of Burning Man back in 1998 with around 13,000 participants, a pretty flat dusty playa to provide dust storms, lots of art cars and Theme Camps. Here we are known … Read More

Rangering, my gift II

Kiwiburn Media TeamKiwiburn, Uncategorized, Volunteers

Some of the International Rangers who crewed at AfrikaBurn 2019

Part two by Pete Lumos Wyatt Rangers are not police or event security, we are simply participants who volunteer a portion of our time in service of the safety and well-being of the community. Rangers act as non-confrontational community mediators, providers of reliable information, facilitators of public safety and navigators of the edge of chaos. Some say Rangers are the … Read More

Rangering, my gift I

The Electric FencepostKiwiburn, Uncategorized, Volunteers

Part one by Pete Lumos Wyatt Unconditional Gifting is one of our Burner principles, and to give of yourself is I believe one of the greatest gifts. For many years I have been a Ranger because as a sober elder I am always keeping a watch over my Burner family anyway. Rangers are not police or event security, we are … Read More

New Arts Facilitator – Diia Bourke

The Electric FencepostKiwiburn, Volunteer

arts facilitator diia bourke appointed 2019. wearing top hat with red band.smiling, with painted face.

Kiwiburn’s new Arts Facilitator is Diia Bourke. She tells us: “I have been burning since 2014, after a friend, who happened to be a Kiwiburner, commented that they thought the lifestyle and ethos I was living was very much like that of Burning Man. Of course I had no idea what they were talking about! And now I’ve been to … Read More

Burning Man Imagery appears at Paris Fashion Show

The Electric FencepostArt, Burning Man

by J Damrow What happens at a burn stays at a burn, unless all involved give explicit permission, right? Most would agree that this is a clearly understood and entrenched concept. So how would you feel if your intimate messages, inner most thoughts and written memories of loved ones scrawled on the Temple walls appeared in a fashion show? Your … Read More

Karl de Jong on his artwork, ‘Nebula’, Kiwiburn 2018

Kiwiburn Media TeamArt, Grants, Kiwiburn

Photo by Karl de Jong   Please give a brief overview of the story of your project – what was it? What inspired the idea? I stumbled across Firmament (a Burning Man art piece) and loved how much of an impact the lights had while soft music was played. I couldn’t get enough of the videos posted on youtube and … Read More

Paddock Art Series #3: Human Canvas

Ticketing TeamArt, Paddock Art Series

Yuli Heled’s Effigy-inspired piece from Kiwiburn 2017. Photo by Yuli Heled. You are the Canvas at the Grand Bizarre! By Hayley Ware     The third in the Paddock Art Series is here! This time I’ve been talking to Yuli Heled, an accomplished body painter who will be bringing her talents to the Paddock for us all to enjoy! “What … Read More

Paddock Art Series #2: Reality Intra-Fabricating Trans-Dimensionaliser

Ticketing TeamArt, Paddock Art Series

Art by Olivia Hollard @beyondameteurart Mildly Mysterious Art Manifesting at Kiwiburn By Hayley Ware and Fergus Bassett     In the second exciting installment of the Paddock Art Series, I’ve been chatting to Fergus Bassett who is bringing an exciting, interactive and um, slightly…. different art project to Kiwiburn. The specifics are under wraps for now, so I won’t dive … Read More

Paddock Art Series #1: Nebula

Ticketing TeamArt, Paddock Art Series

Karl de Jong’s 2017 Paddock Art, ‘Birdie McBirdface’. Photo by Tangent Awesome Art Coming to the Grand Bizarre! By Hayley Ware     It’s that time of year when everyone is hard at work planning, designing, creating and constructing fantastic creations to bring to Kiwiburn! On the Paddock we get to see the final product of all this work, though … Read More

Adopt a Burner

Ticketing TeamAdopt a Burner, Community initiatives

Veteran Kiwiburners and aspiring Kiwiburners helping each other out   By Hayley Ware     Hi, I’m Hayley, and 2017 was my first Kiwiburn! I was lucky enough to have a group of experienced friends to go with, though I know that’s not the case for everyone. Before my first burn it made such a difference having people to talk … Read More

Respecting contributions of art

Kiwiburn Media TeamArt, Burning Man, Kiwiburn

Helping Hand by Nico. Photo by Tangent

‘Helping Hand’ by Nico. Photo by Tangent   THIS IS A SPECIAL PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT from the Kiwiburn Pro-Art Protection Agency A unique part of the incredible world we encounter on the Paddock is the fabulous art to be discovered there. The nature of Kiwiburn means weird and wacky art has a chance to shine outside of the context of … Read More

Kiwiburn ticketing

Kiwiburn Media TeamBurner Profile, ExCom, Kiwiburn, Team Leads, Ticketing

KB08 ticket artwork by Shelley Watson

Yes, Kiwiburn had printed tickets for a few years! This one is from 2008.   Kiwiburn has changed ticketing vendors for the 2018 event. Built by Burners, Quicket has amazing features specifically for Burn events.   Key changes: There is a ticket transfer system which makes it really easy to send your ticket to someone else. If you need to … Read More

Bringing art to Kiwiburn from across the ocean

Kiwiburn Media TeamArt, Grants

Shadows artwork at Kiwiburn 2017 by Mike Doddds, Seattle USA

Photo of Shadows by Peter Jennings In 2017, a group of artists from Seattle applied for an Art Grant and brought their interactive light and sound sculpture, Shadows, to Kiwiburn. An equilateral triangle (2.5m sides) suspended, point down. The edges of the triangle were illuminated with high-density, addressable LEDs. Each corner of the triangle contained an ultrasound range finder, allowing … Read More

The Operations Team responds to your 2017 Census feedback

Kiwiburn Media TeamCollexodus, 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

Kiwiburn Media Team2ICs, 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