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Latesha
Randall

Enthusiastic entrepreneur and co-founder of Raglan Coconut Yoghurt

Let's stop doing 'business as usual' and instead use business as a tool for good.
Profile

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.

Current projects:

Co-founder of Raglan Coconut Yoghurt

'Joy in a jar' that's been taking NZ by storm. Winner of the Gourmet Food Award in 2015, they have developed a whole range of delicious flavours, including Natural Greek-Style, Vanilla Bean, Boysenberry, Mango & Turmeric, Blackcurrant & Vanilla, Strawberry & Acai, Raspberry & Lime, and New Zealand Lemon. They are 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 39% of the dairy-free yoghurt category, ranked No.19 in the Deloitte Fast50 2018, and they still proudly make everything from their custom-built yoghurt factory in Raglan, employing 24 locals.

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.

MBTI coach

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.

Previous experience:

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 is currently working towards becoming a certified Celebrant.

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Business

  • Culture
  • Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurs
  • Sustainability

Politics & Advocacy

  • Environment & Climate Change
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