Burnette is a full member of the New Zealand Planning Institute and has a Bachelor of Resource and Environmental Planning with Honours from Massey University.
Burnette has over 23 years of planning work experience in a range of roles including work for local authorities and private practice. The range of work that Burnette has been involved in includes small and large scale development projects involving greenfield development, land use, subdivision and coastal consents, policy advice to local authorities (most recently Kaipara District Council and Whangarei District Council) and the presentation of evidence to both Council and the Environment Court for private and local authority clients. Burnette is also an accredited Hearings Commissioner and has sat on resource management hearings for Kaipara District Council and Whangarei District Council. She also mentors planning students.