The Caravan

EARLY BEGINNINGS SORTING THE PLAN PREPARING THE WAY LAYING THE FOUNDATION STARTING WORK INSPECTING THE JOURNEY TAKING SHAPE BIT BY BIT ONE BY ONE MANY HANDS INSPECTING THE DETAILS CALLING IN EXPERTS LOTS AND LOTS OF PREP TRADIE AFTER TRADIE A COMPLETE RENOVATION INSIDE AND...
What is a Social Enterprise

What is a Social Enterprise

What is a ‘Social Enterprise’? The following excerpts are summaries from the excellent book ‘Creating a World Without Poverty’ by Muhammad Yunus. Yunus is regarded by many as the father of social enterprise. Essentially, a social enterprise is a business that exists for a benefit to the community. It operates as a business in order that it will become self-sufficient and sustainable over time, but its whole reason for being is its social purpose – and any money that it makes goes back into itself to continue its social objective. Aren’t charities examples of organisations that do good work? Yes, there are many, many charities playing a terrific role in the community. But the biggest weakness of charities is that they rely on receiving donations – either from government, individuals or other organisations. A very common situation is that when this money stops, too often the work that charities do will start to slow down, or unfortunately stop. Essentially they are not self-sufficient over time. Why can’t business do this? If businesses want to, then businesses can. There is nothing stopping businesses from starting to address some of the social issues we face like poverty, crime and environmental issues. However, a business’ core purpose for being is to make money, and it is usual to see that when the social objective conflicts with making money the social objective will miss out. Lots of businesses have a portion of their work that benefits the community, but it is not their core reason for being. But lots of businesses give money away, or sponsor charities… Yes, they do – and that’s terrific! A lot of charities rely on...
Ray McVinnie

Ray McVinnie

Ray McVinnie came to town – the renowned Chef and most recently judge on Master Chef. The man is a bit of a guru, and was brought to the city to provide a report on the service industry in Rotorua – and give any tips he could offer. He had some very insightful things to say, and was very positive about a lot of Rotorua’s ‘underground secrets’ – like Leonardos and Capizzi. But the best news was that at the end of his presentation we got to have a chat to him, and he agreed to doing a recipe for the caravan. Great to have his...
We have a caravan! And a car!

We have a caravan! And a car!

We have a caravan! Woohoo!! We were able to get it from a local yard in Rotorua, which is great to be able to support local businesses. We will need to strip it back / gut it, and enlist a myriad of contractors to install a commercial kitchen in it, but it is exciting to finally have this asset with us. We have also been donated a car, from a very generous...
New website

New website

As we get closer to launching the caravan, we decided that it was time for a branding makeover….and that included our website! We wanted a website that allowed us to tell our story better, and for people to understand why we’re doing what we’re...