Behind the Scenes: Meet Carvy – Safety Facilitator

The Electric Fencepost

man eating large sandwich
Another installation of our Behind-The-Scenes series to introduce some of the crafty volunteers who make Kiwiburn happen.

Meet Carvy, who recently joined ExCom to help facilitate Safety at Kiwiburn

Having been to three Burns (two times to Kiwiburn and once to Ignition), Carvy wanted to step up his level of contribution to the community from his usual fermentation, flavour, and sandwich based offerings. Carvy lived a past life managing H&S for a demolition company following the Canterbury Earthquakes, so when the Safety Facilitator role came up, he felt called to put his hand up. 

 Here’s a little more about Carvy and what he gets up to:

Firstly, what does the Safety Facilitator role involve?

This role involves facilitating and assisting with the safety and well-being of various teams that help keep you Kiwiburners stay safe on the Paddock. Rangers, H&S, FAST, Medics, Security, and Site Managers are all part of the Safety team, and it’s Carvy’s job to make sure they all have what they need to do the job!

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

Most of my time these days is taken up with the running of my business, Froth Technologies, which produces yeast for the New Zealand brewing industry. When I’m not Frothing out, I spend my time building intentional sandwich communities, tending to super hot chilli plants, and making all kinds of flavours.

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

Getting away in my 1985 Toyota Hiace Super Custom, affectionately known as ‘The Super Custom.’ Getting out amongst the stunning beauty Aotearoa has to offer always recharges my batteries and reminds me to appreciate the country I’m lucky enough to live in.

Do you have a favourite Burn outfit?

It’s a toss up between my bright pink Sgt. Pepper outfit and my birthday suit.

What skills have you learned by being involved with Kiwiburn?

SO MANY! I’ve learnt how to facilitate workshops, communicate more effectively, build and maintain community, and how sandwiches can be used as a catalyst to enhance all of these things.

What has been your favourite moment at a Burn?

The sanga workshop at Ignition is pretty hard to go past. Have I mentioned I like sandwiches?

What are you most excited about for Kiwiburn 2020?  

Seeing everyone back on the Paddock after a year off! I can’t wait to reconnect with all the beautiful humans who make up this stunning community… and maybe a cheeky sanga workshop or two…