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What's going on here then?

 

Escarpment Domes in Pukerua Bay offers destination accommodation that helps grow native forests with each visit. It's a new social enterprise built on the values of regenerative tourism. 

This is your chance to be one of our very first guests. 

Between 1996-2018 alone we lost nearly 90,000 hectares of native forest and bush in Aotearoa. Around 4000 of our native species are at risk of extinction. 

Meanwhile, travellers - both domestically and internationally - are increasingly looking for visitor experiences that tread more lightly on the planet. 

Escarpment Domes is an elegant part of the solution to both of these problems. 

 

 

A new kind of visitor experience

 

Imagine a weekend getaway that not only revitalises your spirit, but also enhances the natural environment of your surroundings. 

Just 30 minutes north of Wellington by car or train. 

Right now we're building four domes on an epic site in Pukerua Bay - looking straight out over Kāpiti Island - and you can be one of the first to walk through their doors.  

There are three accommodation domes. Two are 6m in diameter and on a single level, sleeping up to 3 people. One is 8m in diameter, with a mezzanine master bedroom, sleeping up to 6 (but still perfect for one or two of you). 

Each of them comes with their own bathroom and kitchen, plus an outdoor bath, and are entirely off grid - solar energy; gas heated water; and water pumped from a spring on site. They're heated, insulated and warm. 

The fourth dome offers a communal space where you can get to know your neighbours.

We will host you in this special spot, and reinvest the proceeds into biodiversity projects on site, breathing new life into this beautiful, semi-retired farmland.

We're working with Te Rito Gardens in Porirua - another wonderful social enterprise - on a five year native planting plan. We're particularly excited about expanding the footprint of the kohekohe here. 

To protect the new forests we'll be repairing fences, trapping pests, and sourcing seeds for propogation. 

All of the money raised from this campaign goes towards supporting this mission. 

 

 

We don't know much about art, but we know what we like

 

We've come together over a shared love for our natural environment, and great experiences in incredible destinations. 

Right now we're working with sculptors, musicians, designers and writers to enhance your stay at Escarpment Domes, and build connections between you and the whenua.

Whether you want to experience the sun setting over the ocean; discover hidden gems in the forest; or curl up on the couch with a good book, we've got you covered. 

By supporting this campaign you're helping us plan the next round of wild creations, in what will be an evolving art and experience programme. 

 

 

A few more things!

 

- Escarpment Domes is at the southern end of the Escarpment Track, and is the perfect way to unwind after an adventure along this epic coastal walkway. 

 

- We will collect you up from Pukerua Bay train station (or from our carpark) and chauffeur you to the domes in the height of early 90s Japanese luxury vans: the 1991 Mitsubishi Delica Super Exceed

 

- No indulgent weekend is complete without good coffee. Espresso and pastries will be provided free of charge and fresh each morning. 

 

- Our rewards are fully transferrable, so even if you can't make it yourself they're the perfect gift for someone who can. 

 

- If you have particular booking dates in mind, get in touch. These will be managed on a first come / first served basis. After you've pledged, send us an email to [email protected] and we'll see what's available. 

 

- Sadly, no pets are allowed on site so they'll need a holiday of their own. 

 

 

Who are we?

 

We are three friends, who have come together to launch a new social enterprise called Floruit: a social enterprise with a long term vision for biodiversity recovery and building stronger communities. 

We're working with landowners to reimagine land use by introducing innovative business models that enable investment. 

Above all else, we're committed to leaving the whenua in a state that best supports future generations. 

Escarpment Domes is our first project. 

 

 

Hugh Evans has co-founded the successful social enterprise projects Thankyou  Payroll and Cheese Cartel. He is an experienced company director and leads the technology and design projects for Floruit.

Blair Boswell was formerly the COO for Todd Solar, as well as being an experienced company director and General Manager of one New Zealand’s largest corporations. Blair is head of operations for Floruit.

Aaron Hawkins is the former Mayor of Dunedin, and an experienced governor and RMA commissioner. He has a strong background in the arts and independent radio, and is leading on planning and creative programming.

 

Timeline

 

May 19th: PledgeMe campaign closes 

 

May 20th: Booking site goes live for PledgeMe supporters

 

May 27th: Booking site goes live for the general public 

 

Early June: First guests hosted at Escarpment Domes

 

 

Follow us on our journey over on Facebook or Instagram.

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LAST ORDERS!

19/05/2024 at 6:59 PM

Kia ora 

There's only two hours left to run on our PledgeMe campaign, and we're about $2500 shy of hitting our stretch goal of $55,000.

 

Thanks for all of your incredible support so far, but if you were thinking of extending your stay, or buying a few more trees, there's no better time than right now. 

 

Arohanui

 

Aaron & The Floruit Team 

 

We made it! But maybe we can make more?

18/05/2024 at 6:04 PM

Kia ora 

As you will have heard by now, we've hit our $50,000 fundraising target on PledgeMe with more than a day to spare. Holy moly.

Can you help us make it to $55,000?
We are truly humbled by the support we’ve received for Escarpment Domes over the past few weeks. It’s not an easy time to be launching a new business, and we are grateful for every single dollar that you’ve thrown our way.
If we make it to $55k we can bring forward one of our significant art installations. ‘Whenua’ is a new site specific work by our friends at Creature Post, and speaks to the fundamental connection between us and the whenua.
This is an early concept sketch, to give you a sense of how special it will be. And you can help us make it happen sooner by supporting us in our final 24 hours.
Please keep sharing the link to our PledgeMe page with people you think would appreciate it.
 
Arohanui
 
Aaron & The Floruit Team

Welcome to the Gallery Dome (so close we can smell it)

18/05/2024 at 9:36 AM

 

Kia ora

 

The sun is about to set on our little PledgeMe camapaign.

 

We’re now reached more than 95% of our fundraising target, with just over $2000 left to go before Sunday night. Thanks so much for your support so far, we couldn’t realise this dream without you.

 

Because we’ve had a few questions about creature comforts, we thought we might take a bit of time today to introduce you to the Gallery Dome. 

 

 

Are you ready to wake up to the best view in the country? 

 

While all of our domes offer views across to Kāpiti Island, there’s nothing quite like the mezzanine master bedroom in the Gallery Dome. 

 

Curved staircases take you up to King Size bed in the loft, where you can lie in comfort and drink in the panorama before you. 

 

A perfect night away for two, but still with room to sleep another four people downstairs. 

 

The Gallery Dome really is our showstopper. It also features: 

 

  • A wall sized art installation, newly commissioned, by Anna Muirhead. 

  • Our glorious, late 19th century century, colonial outdoor bath 

  • An audiophile grade sound system (find a better one in any accommodation anywhere in Aotearoa NZ and I’ll eat my hat)

 

 

And of course, like all three of the accommodation domes, it comes with: 

 

  • Your own shower, toilet and kitchen

  • Specially curated music playlists to soundtrack your stay

  • Access to the finest second hand reading library this side of Alexandra 

 

What more could you possibly want from a retreat away from the daily grind? 

 

If this sounds perfect for someone you know, please send them a link to our PledgeMe page. It would be great to have them on board and get one step closer to hitting our $50k target by Sunday night. 

 

Arohanui, 

 

Aaron & The Floruit Team 

Art for hearts' sake

12/05/2024 at 3:56 PM

 

Kia ora 

We've got a shade over a week to run on our PledgeMe campaign, and a shade over $15k left to raise by next Sunday night. It's the final push!

We've talked about about our plans for native forests. Our off grid self sufficiency. Our early 90s luxury Japanese van. 

But today we wanted to share with you another big part of the kaupapa - our art and storytelling programme. 

If you're spending the night in the Gallery Dome you'll be treated to a floor to ceiling cutout work by Anna Muirhead, exploring the forest (from canopy to mycelium level). 

We're working with our friends at Creature Post on a new sculptural centrepiece for the site that will build connections between you and the whenua. 

Outside, you'll find an array of speakers. Stare out at Kāpiti Island at sunset and enjoy a lush, surround sound, ambient journey composed just for us. 

Inside, each dome comes with a series of playlists curated for us by some very special guests. 

In the months and years ahead the programme will evolve and grow, rewarding repeat visits and having you coming back for more. 

Thanks again for your support of Escarpment Domes. Please help us in this final week by sharing this page with your friends and whānau, particularly those who are creatively inclined!

 

Arohanui

 

Aaron & The Floruit Team 

 

 

Introducing the 1991 Mitsubishi Delica Super Exceed

09/05/2024 at 4:56 PM

Kia ora koutou

One of the questions we get asked the most (given how gloriously remote the views are) is: "How do we get there?"

(One of the others is: are there showers. Yes. Every dome has a shower). 

But I digress. 

The beauty of Escarpment Domes is that this remote paradise is still so close to civilisation. You'll find us just 35 minutes from Wellington by car or (preferably) by train. 

Jump off at the Pukerua Bay Station, and we'll come collect you ...

In our 1991 Mitsubishi Delica Super Exceed. 

Because what good is a weekend getaway without being chauffered in the height of early 90s Japanese van luxury?

Some of you may be Super Exceed aficianados, so to cut to the chase: 

1. Sadly, we haven't managed to get the built in karaoke system to work yet. Yet. 

2. Yes, it still has its factory issue, temperature controlled beverage compartment. 

3. The seats are even more comfortable than you would imagine early 90s van seats to be. 

 

 

You can still drive your own car to our carpark, but if you're up for minimising your footprint as much as possible, the Pukerua Bay Station pickup is a good option. 

Either way, fear not! It is the trusty Super Exceed that will take you from the carpark; up the track; and over the crest of the hill to your acommodation. 

Just wait until you see Hugh's passenger drivers' license. Our excitement is truly palpable. 

There are just ten days left on our PledgeMe campaign. Thanks again for coming with us on our journey so far. We need to hit $50,000 by Sunday May 19th or we all go home empty handed! 

Keep sharing the page with friends and family, and jump on our Facebook and Instagram to give them a nudge, too. 

 

Arohanui

 

Aaron & The Floruit Team 

 

Flights out and away we go!

07/05/2024 at 11:39 AM

 

Kia ora 

We're now a week and a half into our PledgeMe campaign, and are stoked to have nudged past 70% of our fundraising target this morning. 

It's exciting to have so much support for this project, and for this kaupapa, when nobody has even seen the finished product yet. 

We're looking forward to sharing a bit more of the interior world with you later next week though, so keep an eye out for that. 

A big part of the Escarpment Domes journey is reimagining what visitor destinations and tourism can be, and designing experiences that tread more lightly on the planet. 

The domes themselves are all off grid. Solar arrays provide the power, and we're pumping water from a natural spring on the farm, but it has to live somewhere before it gets filtered for drinking and showering. 

Which means we needed a pretty big water tank, and there was only one way of getting it up there. 

Last week the team at Wellington Helicopters picked it up and plonked it into place for us. It's now in position and ready to provide loyal service to our first guests in June. 

Thanks again for your support of Escarpment Domes. Please keep sharing our PledgeMe page with friends and family, and follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook, it really does help us make this thing fly. 

 

Arohanui

 

Aaron & The Floruit Team

Planting the seeds of wider wellbeing

30/04/2024 at 11:00 AM

Kia ora 

Another day, another milestone. There are now fifty (and counting) of you who have reached into your wallets to help us make this magic happen. 

Which seems as good a time as any to introduce you to some of the people we're working with to transform this beautiful piece of land.

Floruit (the business behind Escarpment Domes) is a social enterprise. Which means we're always looking for this project to support the wider wellbeing of our community - socially, culturally, economically, and environmentally. 

It makes sense for us, then, to work with other outfits with those same values. 

Te Rito Gardens in Porirua is also a social enterprise. It was great to host Yolande and Steve on site recently when we put our first plants in the ground. 

Te Rito is a social enterprise co-operative that grows and sells native plants. They provide a training environmental that supports people into horticultural careers, particularly those who have barriers to maintaining meaningful employment. 

Beyond this, they deliver community education programmes; support the local EnviroSchools kaupapa; and do their own seed sourcing. 

The perfect fit for us, we reckon, as we put together our five year planting plan for the site. 

If you're in the Porirua area show them some love. 

Otherwise, please keep sharing our PledgeMe page with friends and whānau as we continue out fundraising push. 

 

Arohanui, 

 

The Floruit Team

 

 

 

 

We are now halfway to success.

28/04/2024 at 7:58 PM

Kia ora

 

Wow. A truly humbling couple of days seeing people swing in behind this kauapapa and get us to the point where we're already halfway to our fundraising target!

 

Which means we're halfway to the bit where everyone who's pledged so far gets to claim their rewards. 

 

But to make sure that they do, there's plenty more room at the inn! If you support the kauapa, please keep sharing our PledgeMe page with friends and whānau. Likewise, we'd love it if you could follow us over on Instagram and/or Facebook

 

Thanks heaps to Tom McKinlay from the Otago Daily Times for having a chat with Aaron in The Weekend Mix. Truly a pleasure to have such a wide ranging kōrero with someone who gets what we're trying to do. 

 

The story is currently paywalled here, but if you were in the Deep South you should still be able to grab a physical copy and have a read. 

 

Arohanui,

Hugh, Blair & Aaron 

 

Escarpment Domes is now live!

26/04/2024 at 2:29 PM

Kia ora!

Thanks for getting on board early and supporting our pre-sale campaign. We appreciate it more than you could ever know. 

 

Our PledgeMe page is now public, which means you're now welcome (nay, encouraged!) to spread the word far and wide. 

 

We'll keep you posted over the the next three weeks as this campaign progresses, but in the meantime a very TGIF to you from the Escarpment Domes crew. 

 

Kā mihi nui

Aaron

 

 

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    Experience The Magic Of Escarpment Domes

    Project 2024-04-10 11:13:54 +1200

     

    What's going on here then?

     

    Escarpment Domes in Pukerua Bay offers destination accommodation that helps grow native forests with each visit. It's a new social enterprise built on the values of regenerative tourism. 

    This is your chance to be one of our very first guests. 

    Between 1996-2018 alone we lost nearly 90,000 hectares of native forest and bush in Aotearoa. Around 4000 of our native species are at risk of extinction. 

    Meanwhile, travellers - both domestically and internationally - are increasingly looking for visitor experiences that tread more lightly on the planet. 

    Escarpment Domes is an elegant part of the solution to both of these problems. 

     

     

    A new kind of visitor experience

     

    Imagine a weekend getaway that not only revitalises your spirit, but also enhances the natural environment of your surroundings. 

    Just 30 minutes north of Wellington by car or train. 

    Right now we're building four domes on an epic site in Pukerua Bay - looking straight out over Kāpiti Island - and you can be one of the first to walk through their doors.  

    There are three accommodation domes. Two are 6m in diameter and on a single level, sleeping up to 3 people. One is 8m in diameter, with a mezzanine master bedroom, sleeping up to 6 (but still perfect for one or two of you). 

    Each of them comes with their own bathroom and kitchen, plus an outdoor bath, and are entirely off grid - solar energy; gas heated water; and water pumped from a spring on site. They're heated, insulated and warm. 

    The fourth dome offers a communal space where you can get to know your neighbours.

    We will host you in this special spot, and reinvest the proceeds into biodiversity projects on site, breathing new life into this beautiful, semi-retired farmland.

    We're working with Te Rito Gardens in Porirua - another wonderful social enterprise - on a five year native planting plan. We're particularly excited about expanding the footprint of the kohekohe here. 

    To protect the new forests we'll be repairing fences, trapping pests, and sourcing seeds for propogation. 

    All of the money raised from this campaign goes towards supporting this mission. 

     

     

    We don't know much about art, but we know what we like

     

    We've come together over a shared love for our natural environment, and great experiences in incredible destinations. 

    Right now we're working with sculptors, musicians, designers and writers to enhance your stay at Escarpment Domes, and build connections between you and the whenua.

    Whether you want to experience the sun setting over the ocean; discover hidden gems in the forest; or curl up on the couch with a good book, we've got you covered. 

    By supporting this campaign you're helping us plan the next round of wild creations, in what will be an evolving art and experience programme. 

     

     

    A few more things!

     

    - Escarpment Domes is at the southern end of the Escarpment Track, and is the perfect way to unwind after an adventure along this epic coastal walkway. 

     

    - We will collect you up from Pukerua Bay train station (or from our carpark) and chauffeur you to the domes in the height of early 90s Japanese luxury vans: the 1991 Mitsubishi Delica Super Exceed

     

    - No indulgent weekend is complete without good coffee. Espresso and pastries will be provided free of charge and fresh each morning. 

     

    - Our rewards are fully transferrable, so even if you can't make it yourself they're the perfect gift for someone who can. 

     

    - If you have particular booking dates in mind, get in touch. These will be managed on a first come / first served basis. After you've pledged, send us an email to [email protected] and we'll see what's available. 

     

    - Sadly, no pets are allowed on site so they'll need a holiday of their own. 

     

     

    Who are we?

     

    We are three friends, who have come together to launch a new social enterprise called Floruit: a social enterprise with a long term vision for biodiversity recovery and building stronger communities. 

    We're working with landowners to reimagine land use by introducing innovative business models that enable investment. 

    Above all else, we're committed to leaving the whenua in a state that best supports future generations. 

    Escarpment Domes is our first project. 

     

     

    Hugh Evans has co-founded the successful social enterprise projects Thankyou  Payroll and Cheese Cartel. He is an experienced company director and leads the technology and design projects for Floruit.

    Blair Boswell was formerly the COO for Todd Solar, as well as being an experienced company director and General Manager of one New Zealand’s largest corporations. Blair is head of operations for Floruit.

    Aaron Hawkins is the former Mayor of Dunedin, and an experienced governor and RMA commissioner. He has a strong background in the arts and independent radio, and is leading on planning and creative programming.

     

    Timeline

     

    May 19th: PledgeMe campaign closes 

     

    May 20th: Booking site goes live for PledgeMe supporters

     

    May 27th: Booking site goes live for the general public 

     

    Early June: First guests hosted at Escarpment Domes

     

     

    Follow us on our journey over on Facebook or Instagram.

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    LAST ORDERS!

    19/05/2024 at 6:59 PM

    Kia ora 

    There's only two hours left to run on our PledgeMe campaign, and we're about $2500 shy of hitting our stretch goal of $55,000.

     

    Thanks for all of your incredible support so far, but if you were thinking of extending your stay, or buying a few more trees, there's no better time than right now. 

     

    Arohanui

     

    Aaron & The Floruit Team 

     

    We made it! But maybe we can make more?

    18/05/2024 at 6:04 PM

    Kia ora 

    As you will have heard by now, we've hit our $50,000 fundraising target on PledgeMe with more than a day to spare. Holy moly.

    Can you help us make it to $55,000?
    We are truly humbled by the support we’ve received for Escarpment Domes over the past few weeks. It’s not an easy time to be launching a new business, and we are grateful for every single dollar that you’ve thrown our way.
    If we make it to $55k we can bring forward one of our significant art installations. ‘Whenua’ is a new site specific work by our friends at Creature Post, and speaks to the fundamental connection between us and the whenua.
    This is an early concept sketch, to give you a sense of how special it will be. And you can help us make it happen sooner by supporting us in our final 24 hours.
    Please keep sharing the link to our PledgeMe page with people you think would appreciate it.
     
    Arohanui
     
    Aaron & The Floruit Team

    Welcome to the Gallery Dome (so close we can smell it)

    18/05/2024 at 9:36 AM

     

    Kia ora

     

    The sun is about to set on our little PledgeMe camapaign.

     

    We’re now reached more than 95% of our fundraising target, with just over $2000 left to go before Sunday night. Thanks so much for your support so far, we couldn’t realise this dream without you.

     

    Because we’ve had a few questions about creature comforts, we thought we might take a bit of time today to introduce you to the Gallery Dome. 

     

     

    Are you ready to wake up to the best view in the country? 

     

    While all of our domes offer views across to Kāpiti Island, there’s nothing quite like the mezzanine master bedroom in the Gallery Dome. 

     

    Curved staircases take you up to King Size bed in the loft, where you can lie in comfort and drink in the panorama before you. 

     

    A perfect night away for two, but still with room to sleep another four people downstairs. 

     

    The Gallery Dome really is our showstopper. It also features: 

     

    • A wall sized art installation, newly commissioned, by Anna Muirhead. 

    • Our glorious, late 19th century century, colonial outdoor bath 

    • An audiophile grade sound system (find a better one in any accommodation anywhere in Aotearoa NZ and I’ll eat my hat)

     

     

    And of course, like all three of the accommodation domes, it comes with: 

     

    • Your own shower, toilet and kitchen

    • Specially curated music playlists to soundtrack your stay

    • Access to the finest second hand reading library this side of Alexandra 

     

    What more could you possibly want from a retreat away from the daily grind? 

     

    If this sounds perfect for someone you know, please send them a link to our PledgeMe page. It would be great to have them on board and get one step closer to hitting our $50k target by Sunday night. 

     

    Arohanui, 

     

    Aaron & The Floruit Team 

    Art for hearts' sake

    12/05/2024 at 3:56 PM

     

    Kia ora 

    We've got a shade over a week to run on our PledgeMe campaign, and a shade over $15k left to raise by next Sunday night. It's the final push!

    We've talked about about our plans for native forests. Our off grid self sufficiency. Our early 90s luxury Japanese van. 

    But today we wanted to share with you another big part of the kaupapa - our art and storytelling programme. 

    If you're spending the night in the Gallery Dome you'll be treated to a floor to ceiling cutout work by Anna Muirhead, exploring the forest (from canopy to mycelium level). 

    We're working with our friends at Creature Post on a new sculptural centrepiece for the site that will build connections between you and the whenua. 

    Outside, you'll find an array of speakers. Stare out at Kāpiti Island at sunset and enjoy a lush, surround sound, ambient journey composed just for us. 

    Inside, each dome comes with a series of playlists curated for us by some very special guests. 

    In the months and years ahead the programme will evolve and grow, rewarding repeat visits and having you coming back for more. 

    Thanks again for your support of Escarpment Domes. Please help us in this final week by sharing this page with your friends and whānau, particularly those who are creatively inclined!

     

    Arohanui

     

    Aaron & The Floruit Team 

     

     

    Introducing the 1991 Mitsubishi Delica Super Exceed

    09/05/2024 at 4:56 PM

    Kia ora koutou

    One of the questions we get asked the most (given how gloriously remote the views are) is: "How do we get there?"

    (One of the others is: are there showers. Yes. Every dome has a shower). 

    But I digress. 

    The beauty of Escarpment Domes is that this remote paradise is still so close to civilisation. You'll find us just 35 minutes from Wellington by car or (preferably) by train. 

    Jump off at the Pukerua Bay Station, and we'll come collect you ...

    In our 1991 Mitsubishi Delica Super Exceed. 

    Because what good is a weekend getaway without being chauffered in the height of early 90s Japanese van luxury?

    Some of you may be Super Exceed aficianados, so to cut to the chase: 

    1. Sadly, we haven't managed to get the built in karaoke system to work yet. Yet. 

    2. Yes, it still has its factory issue, temperature controlled beverage compartment. 

    3. The seats are even more comfortable than you would imagine early 90s van seats to be. 

     

     

    You can still drive your own car to our carpark, but if you're up for minimising your footprint as much as possible, the Pukerua Bay Station pickup is a good option. 

    Either way, fear not! It is the trusty Super Exceed that will take you from the carpark; up the track; and over the crest of the hill to your acommodation. 

    Just wait until you see Hugh's passenger drivers' license. Our excitement is truly palpable. 

    There are just ten days left on our PledgeMe campaign. Thanks again for coming with us on our journey so far. We need to hit $50,000 by Sunday May 19th or we all go home empty handed! 

    Keep sharing the page with friends and family, and jump on our Facebook and Instagram to give them a nudge, too. 

     

    Arohanui

     

    Aaron & The Floruit Team 

     

    Flights out and away we go!

    07/05/2024 at 11:39 AM

     

    Kia ora 

    We're now a week and a half into our PledgeMe campaign, and are stoked to have nudged past 70% of our fundraising target this morning. 

    It's exciting to have so much support for this project, and for this kaupapa, when nobody has even seen the finished product yet. 

    We're looking forward to sharing a bit more of the interior world with you later next week though, so keep an eye out for that. 

    A big part of the Escarpment Domes journey is reimagining what visitor destinations and tourism can be, and designing experiences that tread more lightly on the planet. 

    The domes themselves are all off grid. Solar arrays provide the power, and we're pumping water from a natural spring on the farm, but it has to live somewhere before it gets filtered for drinking and showering. 

    Which means we needed a pretty big water tank, and there was only one way of getting it up there. 

    Last week the team at Wellington Helicopters picked it up and plonked it into place for us. It's now in position and ready to provide loyal service to our first guests in June. 

    Thanks again for your support of Escarpment Domes. Please keep sharing our PledgeMe page with friends and family, and follow us on Instagram and/or Facebook, it really does help us make this thing fly. 

     

    Arohanui

     

    Aaron & The Floruit Team

    Planting the seeds of wider wellbeing

    30/04/2024 at 11:00 AM

    Kia ora 

    Another day, another milestone. There are now fifty (and counting) of you who have reached into your wallets to help us make this magic happen. 

    Which seems as good a time as any to introduce you to some of the people we're working with to transform this beautiful piece of land.

    Floruit (the business behind Escarpment Domes) is a social enterprise. Which means we're always looking for this project to support the wider wellbeing of our community - socially, culturally, economically, and environmentally. 

    It makes sense for us, then, to work with other outfits with those same values. 

    Te Rito Gardens in Porirua is also a social enterprise. It was great to host Yolande and Steve on site recently when we put our first plants in the ground. 

    Te Rito is a social enterprise co-operative that grows and sells native plants. They provide a training environmental that supports people into horticultural careers, particularly those who have barriers to maintaining meaningful employment. 

    Beyond this, they deliver community education programmes; support the local EnviroSchools kaupapa; and do their own seed sourcing. 

    The perfect fit for us, we reckon, as we put together our five year planting plan for the site. 

    If you're in the Porirua area show them some love. 

    Otherwise, please keep sharing our PledgeMe page with friends and whānau as we continue out fundraising push. 

     

    Arohanui, 

     

    The Floruit Team

     

     

     

     

    We are now halfway to success.

    28/04/2024 at 7:58 PM

    Kia ora

     

    Wow. A truly humbling couple of days seeing people swing in behind this kauapapa and get us to the point where we're already halfway to our fundraising target!

     

    Which means we're halfway to the bit where everyone who's pledged so far gets to claim their rewards. 

     

    But to make sure that they do, there's plenty more room at the inn! If you support the kauapa, please keep sharing our PledgeMe page with friends and whānau. Likewise, we'd love it if you could follow us over on Instagram and/or Facebook

     

    Thanks heaps to Tom McKinlay from the Otago Daily Times for having a chat with Aaron in The Weekend Mix. Truly a pleasure to have such a wide ranging kōrero with someone who gets what we're trying to do. 

     

    The story is currently paywalled here, but if you were in the Deep South you should still be able to grab a physical copy and have a read. 

     

    Arohanui,

    Hugh, Blair & Aaron 

     

    Escarpment Domes is now live!

    26/04/2024 at 2:29 PM

    Kia ora!

    Thanks for getting on board early and supporting our pre-sale campaign. We appreciate it more than you could ever know. 

     

    Our PledgeMe page is now public, which means you're now welcome (nay, encouraged!) to spread the word far and wide. 

     

    We'll keep you posted over the the next three weeks as this campaign progresses, but in the meantime a very TGIF to you from the Escarpment Domes crew. 

     

    Kā mihi nui

    Aaron

     

     

      Chris Garey
      19/05/2024 at 8:33pm

      "Delighted to support the beautiful art pieces! "

      Steve
      19/05/2024 at 7:41pm

      "Gwan"

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      19/05/2024 at 4:27pm

      "🙌 awesome mahi "

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      Sam Kebbell
      18/05/2024 at 12:11pm

      "Great initiative!"

      Angus pashley
      18/05/2024 at 12:10pm

      "Great initiative "

      Emma de Wit
      18/05/2024 at 12:06pm
      Tim Bishop
      18/05/2024 at 3:43am
      Rebecca
      18/05/2024 at 1:02am

      "Good luck!"

      Emma Beer
      17/05/2024 at 11:50pm
      Paul Young
      17/05/2024 at 11:40pm
      Anonymous pledger
      17/05/2024 at 9:28pm
      Pete Huggins
      17/05/2024 at 8:55pm

      "Dome is where the heart is"

      Anonymous pledger
      17/05/2024 at 7:47pm
      Dave
      17/05/2024 at 6:40pm
      Ange
      17/05/2024 at 6:32pm
      Rebecca Williams
      17/05/2024 at 5:14pm

      "Stunning, nice work guys"

      janet neesham
      17/05/2024 at 3:54pm
      Margaret Blair
      17/05/2024 at 2:40pm
      Sarah Kinley
      17/05/2024 at 8:28am
      Rua
      16/05/2024 at 8:14pm

      "This looks really nice. "

      Anonymous pledger
      16/05/2024 at 6:35pm

      "An amazing idea - putting your values into scton and sharing with all of us"

      Anonymous pledger
      16/05/2024 at 5:11pm

      "I hope you make it dad from Zadie"

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      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 19/05/2024 at 9:00 PM.