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NEW ZEALAND'S REGIONAL BURNING MAN EVENT
YOUR WEEKLY KIWIBURN NEWS  7 June 2022

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:

 

Prestigious Investment Banking Roles now available at Kiwiburn!

Posted: Monday 6 June   » View on Website

Got your attention? Well, fake news will do that. We are not looking for investment bankers (unless that’s your default world job, future KB Treasurer?) but we are looking for some pretty heavy weight Facilitators  for our still-to-be-renamed ExCom. All of the roles below call for experienced Burners with volunteer experience:

Wellbeing Facilitator: This human powerhouse looks after the people who look after the people. Black Sheep Rangers, Sanctuary, Consent Club, Medics – they all work together with this wonderful soul as a liaison to make your Burn bearable, free, and looked after. It helps if you understand Burn related issues such as mental health, drug use and consent culture. 

We also have a 2IC spot open for this role – so multiple applicants needed!

Crew Facilitator: This role looks after the volunteers! Volunteers are our life force, and we need them safely and efficiently wrangled, placed, looked after and connected to the other volunteers in a happy Borg-like family. This Facilitator brings all of the crew care together and looks after Volunteer Leads, Training Lead, Crew Assistance Leads, Swag Leads, Crew Processes Lead, Volunteer Hustler and the Volunteer Data Wrangler.

Treasurer: our lovely Treasurer does not manage a team. They are a lone rock star accountant (yes, what, we like this image ok?) who helps us manage our funds, budget expenditure, and record what we have done. It is literally the coolest accounting role there is, in the whole world. Ever.

To apply for a role, click here!

There are plenty more roles available, and many require less experience than those above. Check out our volunteer page and apply here!




 

Desert Arts Preview 2022 – with Tinkle Drum!

Posted: Monday 6 June   » View on Website

Our own Tinkle Drum project (the human powered musical drum and sustainability experiment) is one of the artists featured in the Desert Arts Preview this year – log in and support Bibi and team. More than that, come see what else artists are cooking up for Burning Man this year:

  • Date and Time: June 13, 2022 at 8am New Zealand time (June 12, 2022 @ 1:00 pm PDT )
  • Location:
    Virtual, Your space, Everywhere
  • Cost: Pay-what-you-want US$10 suggested, no minimum
  • Tickets: Buy tickets or RSVP

See the inside of artists workshops, the teams of engineers, designers and collaborators and friends which make amazing art pieces come to life.

Hear the stories of inspiration to inception to funding to construction and some of the trials and tribulations in between. https://burningman.org/events/desert-arts-preview-2022/

 




 

BONZA mate!

Posted: Monday 6 June   » View on Website

Burners Without Borders (BWB) is teaming up with the BONZA 2022 Summit to provide a Civic Ignition Grant up to USD$1,500! What projects do YOU want to see in the world? Do you have an innovative community or civic concept, or project which will:

  • create collaborations
  • produce direct actions
  • utilise several of the 10 Burning Man Principles
  • be reproducible
  • creatively tackle local social problems?

Apply for the Bonza grant and see your idea come to life!

Deadline for applications is 27 June 2022.

  • apply through the BWB website  (winners announced on 9 July)
  • the regionals network.



 

Re-seeding Burning Seed

Posted: Monday 6 June   » View on Website

There is so much passion in the Burnerverse which often leads to amazing art and creativity, transformative experiences, spirited debate, long volunteer hours, and burnout. And occasionally, fallout. What is happening across the ditch with Burning Seed in 2022? There is an event planned later this year, along with a Burner community that is not entirely sure what is going on.

If you want to gain some understanding of the situation, head over to Burning Australia to read a post* written by nine of Australia’s Burning Man Regional Contacts (shared by Andrew Lau, 2 June) which outlines what has been happening. It’s a long one, so make yourself a cuppa and get comfy.

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Image: Foreground – Wild Heart by Melissa Carey, Background – Ngarrang by Peter Ingram and Aidan Kempster




 

Meet Floyd – Our new Infrastructure Facilitator

Posted: Monday 6 June   » View on Website
Floyd, sitting crosslegged in a tent, dressed in a grey bunny onesie

First of all – what does the Infrastructure Facilitator role involve?

Things… and bits and bobs obviously – but mostly things… and more importantly enabling the people who do the things, so we can have things on the Paddock. Kiwiburn is unique in that the organising body try to keep the things we provide on Paddock minimal so the community engages with what they want to have at each event. But we also feel it’s our role to provide essential things like toilets and medics, and services that aid the community in their collective vision, such as Artery, Depot, and Centre Camp. Town Planning and Surveying ensures the things go in the best places, while the Leave No Trace team take note of all the things left behind that shouldn’t have been, not-so-fondly referred to as MOOP (Matter Out Of Place). 

All these people working together have me as liaison – to come to when they need information or for a contact they haven’t yet made.

How do you spend your time when you are not doing things related to Kiwiburn?

Not related to Kiwiburn? Life is Kiwiburn and Kiwiburn is life! Even when planting trees (offsetting my trips to Hunterville), being a dad to young adults (baby Burners) or farriering my horses (decadent Art Vehicles), I’m still on some level burning!

Being involved with Kiwiburn can take a lot of energy. How do you re-energise?

Prioritising time with my partners. The odd bit of yoga and rollerblading help.

Do you have a favourite burn outfit?

I, like many Burners, have a massive variety in the wardrobe. My favourite piece right now is a “Slut Dragon” Tshirt my daughter gave me for Xmas which I don’t normally wear to the local small town 4square!

What skills have you learned by being involved with Kiwiburn?

I’m having to really step up my time management and ability to pick up the phone in any circumstance (when there’s a cell signal). I’ve already learnt a lot about national building codes, electrical transformers and pheasant farming and am looking forward to the steep learning curve offered by this role.

What has been your favourite moment at a Burn?

I led the Sanitation team at KB21. There were so many great moments working with such an enthusiastic bunch of people, but the best moment – because it challenged me – was when someone asked what we were doing? I replied in revelry, “cleaning up your shit girl” to which they then grilled me about presuming their identity. I love the continual opportunities for self reflection and growth in such a strong and diverse community.

What are you most excited about for Kiwiburn 2023?

The composting toilet trial – it’s been a long time coming and has the potential to change the face… I mean ass… of Kiwiburn. I love this shit!



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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