Welcome to Tuesday, your regular Kiwiburn news-day. We've rounded up the runaway news into this one tidy email for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

In this edition:


Kiwiburn’s approach to removing carbon

Posted: Monday 28 March   » View on Website
lower half of woman's face eating a lump of charcoal from a bowl of charcoal lumps. Text: ASMR - Yummy Charcoal Eating

Should Kiwiburn be “carbon neutral”, and what does that mean*?

When: Tuesday 12th April, 6-7pm

Where: Virtual meeting on Google Meet.

This year, the sustainability team are working hard to start reducing Kiwiburn’s greenhouse gas emissions in a serious way, but let’s face it – the only way to completely eliminate emissions is to not have a Burn at all (and for some reason, we aren’t convinced this is the best solution…). 

So in the spirit of “leaving no trace”, we would like to do our part to remove – or offset – at least some of the greenhouse gasses we emit in running the event. Which leads us to our question for the community: how would YOU like Kiwiburn to approach carbon removal this year…?

  • Should we aim to be carbon neutral, even if it means ticket prices rising in future years?
  • Should we do the mahi of tree planting ourselves or supporting community reforestation projects? (Do you know of any…?)
  • Are YOU willing to roll up your sleeves and help out?

We would love to share our thoughts with you too, so come join us for a panel discussion on Tuesday 12th April, 6-7pm to hear from the team. 

Your input in the conversation will help to drive Kiwiburn’s carbon removal journey, so please attend the discussion, or send your thoughts to by 11:59pm Sunday 17th April.

*Does it mean we’re having ASMR Charcoal Eating Experiences? Dial in to find out!


Kiwiburn opportunities

Posted: Monday 28 March   » View on Website
sput your hand up with love and show volunteers some love

We are done resting and we are regrouping! If you want to contribute to KB 2023 as a year round volunteer, this is the time to join a team. Year round volunteers:

  • Are the backbone of the organisation
  • Work throughout the year (duh!) – some of them also work onsite while others take the Burn easy and rest on their well-earned  laurels!
  • Are in line for volunteer ticket allocations – so if the lottery scares you, this is a way to secure a ticket.

As we turn the page to Kiwiburn 2023, there are multiple roles available to experienced Burners and newbies alike:

  • Our ExCom has been restructured, with many new posts being created, and some shifts in the ranks. Read all about the ExCom roles and their 2iC spots here.
  • Surveying Lead: It’s like drawing a map on the ground in 1:1 scale! The surveying lead manages a team of 5 volunteers laying down the markings for theme camps and artwork. You need to have experience surveying, and be available for 5 days before the event. However, you are not needed during the event itself!
  • Blog Writer: The Kiwiburn Blog needs you! We want writers who understand the Burner spirit and the 10 principles, and enjoy and succeed at writing long-form essays known as “Blogs” (the kids these days and their lingo). This role is year round but has zero responsibilities at the Burn, so perfect for Partay!
  • Electric Fencepost Writer: With Jo stepping into the Comms 2iC role, we need more souls to work on our weekly newsletter. This is a lovely year round gig, no Burn responsibilities, and great promotion opportunities (as it turns out). You also get to write about yourself in the third person from time to time which can be fun . (Jo is amazing at that!)

For all of our job applications, read the job specs linked above or here, and then apply here – stating the role you are going for. We can’t wait to have you onboard.


Meet Tinkle Drum!

Posted: Monday 28 March   » View on Website
a diagram of a man-sized drum in the desert

In case you’re wondering what Kiwiburn ExCom is up to while we wait for KB2023 preparations to swing into action, meet our new adoptive child: Tinkle Drum.

Tinkle Drum is the brainchild of Bibi and Josh, two Kiwi artists living in Amsterdam. They are creating a human size Tinkle Drum – a music box, essentially – which will be created from recycled materials and powered by human hamsters Burners. We are loving their energy and ExCom is supporting the project (which received a Burning Man Honoraria Art Grant as well as mentoring from RAT – Renewable Artists for the Playa) – many of us are packing our bags and heading to Burning Man to help build the thing!

Watch this space for more news about Tinkle Drum, and if you want to help, check out their funding page or email directly!


Meet our new Comms 2iC: Jo Legutko

Posted: Monday 28 March   » View on Website
A portrait of Jo wearing ski goggles and smiling at the camera

We are doing some reshuffling in the Comms team, with the result that Jo Legutko, our EFP writer, is stepping into the Comms 2iC role, and we have room to recruit new EFP writers now (The Best Job!!!). 

What follows is an interview by Jo with Jo on what Jo does:

What’s your thing with the Burn? How did you get involved?

I’m a seasoned (salty, spicy, a little sweet) Afrikaburner – when I lived in Cape Town I went to six Afrikaburns. I ran theme camps, made mutant vehicles, and caused havoc, but I never volunteered for a year round role. When I came to New Zealand 2 years ago, I contacted Kiwiburn and applied for the Newsletter writer role in order to build community – I wanted to go to the Burn but didn’t know anyone who was going, and this seemed like a good way to fix that. I like writing and understand the Burner ethos so could get the tone right. And it all worked, I went to the Burn, I had a lovely camp, and I made art (the Reality Glitch piece!)

How’s Afrikaburn different from Kiwiburn?

Great question! I have been working on a whole list:

  • The obvious stuff: 12,000 participants, in a desert, in Africa, for 7 days – the weather is hectic, the desert is harsh, the size makes for a different kind of experience. There is no river. There is no shade.
  • But then there are small differences too:
    • AB has dozens of burns – I was surprised there were only two at KB
    • In general, there is more fire: most camps will have a brazier going in the evening to keep warm, and there are some sculptures that are permanently on fire like giant stoves
    • The Effigy run happens – people strip and run – but the participation in that is much less universal. There are the runners and the watchers. And every burn gets the runners, not just Effigy.
    • There is a slightly rougher attitude. I call it less hippie more punk. It might the the Mad Max vibes of the desert, but the prankster counterculture kind of vibe is stronger at AB 
    • Costumes at AB are an art form! Some really big crazy outfits people take the whole year to put together, like an artwork
    • Photography is much more prevalent and accepted at AB – we were experimenting with “opt-out” bracelets for people who DIDN’T want to be in pics. In general, people take pics and they end up online.
    • Together with that, there is a much higher level of default world familiarity and acceptance of AB – many people know what it is, and it’s kind of a slightly crazy badge of honour to be going. Most people are honest about their participation, and even proud to be a Burner openly.
    • We have an extra principle: 11 – Each One Teach One. It’s about how we educate each other about the Burn.

What’s this role all about? 

Comms looks after the outward facing side of the Burn – the Website, FB page, socials in general, the Newsletter and other associated things like photography. I have been working closely with Julia (our wonderful Comms Facilitator) on the Newsletter, but I am keen to see how all the threads tie together and how initiatives link up and how this whole Burn baby gets made (lots of bumping in the night, 9 months of nausea and sore backs, and then a painful delivery followed by a week on pain medication? YES). So yea, here I am, stepping up a bit. Don’t expect me to leave the Newsletter alone though I love writing it!

What’s your best Burn memory?

Afrikaburn, driving my Magic Carpet, singing “I can show you the World” at the top of my croaky voice. At sunset. Oh my, AB gives good sunset! But yea, giving lifts in my mutant vehicle is such a fun lovely thing to do and it literally makes people’s day! 

What are you hoping for KB2023? 

That it happens? Yea, that. Also, to find my creative mojo again and make more art!

That's it for this week! As always, if you'd like to contribute or volunteer some time, email us! Whether it's an item of news, gossip or reviews... we'd love to hear from you. 
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