Let's stop doing 'business as usual' and instead use business as a tool for good.
Tesh Randall (or Mrs Coconut as she's known in Raglan) is an enthusiastic entrepreneur - starting out in her home kitchen in 2014, Raglan Coconut Yoghurt now supplies over 600 stores around New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Pacific Islands. She believes that business can be used as a tool for creating positive change and is a woman of many hats (literally & figuratively!), with side projects including writing books, hosting glamping enthusiasts in their yurt and tiny house, and her position as editor of Arrival travel magazine. Tesh is an Edmund Hillary Fellow, SheEO activator, and member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation. She lives in Raglan with her partner Seb (Mr Coconut) where they love surfing and being part of the tight-knit community.
Co-founder of Raglan Coconut Yoghurt
'Joy in a jar' that's been taking NZ by storm since 2014. Winner of the Gourmet Food Award, Social & Environmental Sustainability Award, and Bite People's Choice Award, they have developed two delicious probiotic, plant-based ranges of Classic and Gourmet yoghurt flavours. Proud to be Raglan’s first certified Living Wage Employer and support a number of environmental initiatives, including the 1 Million Pieces project, encouraging customers to clean-up beaches around New Zealand. Raglan Coconut Yoghurt is the market leader with 48% of the dairy-free yoghurt category, ranked No.23 in the Deloitte Fast50 2019, and they still proudly make everything from their custom-built yoghurt factory in Raglan, employing 30 locals.
In 2020, Latesha was recognised in the Forbes 30 under 30 Food Entrepreneurs Working Towards A Cleaner And Healthier Future and Raglan Food Co were finalists in the Good Food and Social Impactor categories at the Sustainable Business Awards.
Author, Writer, and Editor
A five-year blog project lead to a publishing deal with a US publishing company for Tesh's book, The To-Be List, which has recently been ranged in Whitcoulls stores nationwide in NZ. She has also had several children's books published.
Tesh is the Editor for NZ's largest travel magazine, Arrival, which is distributed in airports and iSITEs around the country. She has also contributed freelance pieces to various newspapers and magazines over the years including Idealog, Good, Green Ideas, Hamilton News, and Travel Digest.
Edmund Hillary Fellow
Tesh and her partner Seb were accepted into Cohort 4 of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, and are proud to be representing New Zealand in this international collective of entrepreneurs and change-makers. Currently Tesh is working on giving Fellows opportunities to speak to Kiwi kids in schools around the country, and pairing interested schools with inspiring speakers.
A natural curiosity for how the mind works lead Tesh to become certified as a Myers-Briggs practitioner. She has made her knowledge of personality types part of the work & leadership culture at Raglan Coconut Yoghurt and enjoys sharing these insights with others who are leading teams.
Tesh had a unique upbringing with never attending school, and finishing her homeschooling studies (7th form equivalent) at age 16, then beginning work full-time without attending University. Her varied career experiences include working in event management, insurance, accounting, radio, digital, and start-ups. Before starting Raglan Coconut Yoghurt, Tesh ran a digital agency working with ethical & sustainably-focused brands. She has studied in her spare time to achieve certificates in Editing & Proofreading, Business Management, and Children's Book Writing, and she's also a certified Celebrant.
The Raglan Coconut Yoghurt StorySeb and Tesh (Mr & Mrs Coconut) discuss the origins of how Raglan Coconut Yoghurt started, how the business has grown, and why they're nuts about their product.