New Zealand

Regional Community

Kiwiburn is the New Zealand regional Burningman event, held every year since 2004. Kiwiburn takes place over five days in the central North Island in late January (in the NZ summer) and has progressively grown in size and diversity each year.

Kiwiburn was the inspiration of Mark 'Yonderman' Stirling who lived in Reno Nevada for five years while completing his Ph.D., participating in a number of the early Burningmans from 1994-1997. After moving back to New Zealand he was motivated to bring the Burningman ethos to New Zealand, and from small beginnings in the South Island's Golden Bay it has flourished to become a New Zealand-wide community of Kiwiburners.

Moving to the North Island in 2007 was a time of massive growth for the festival and the theme was, appropriately, MegaMorphosis. We've also had CombustInUnity, Future History, Elementality, Twisted Reality and enlighTENment.

Kiwiburner events, parties and simple gatherings now take place all year, mostly in the main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and our first Kiwiburner wedding occurred on Auckland's Waiheke Island In March 2007.

You can find out more about our wonderful Kiwiburn community on the Kiwiburn website. Come and be part of us!

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Get involved and find out about local happenings by signing up on our Announcement list, chat with other Burners on our Discussion lists, or follow us via your social media of choice - but definitely come out and get involved!

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Regional Contacts:

Mark Stirling (Yonderman)
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Pete Wyatt (Lumos)
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Hippie Tim
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Weaving burner culture into the social fabric of the default world.