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Finding purpose in your playground

  • Chartwell Room, Hamilton Gardens Hungerford Crescent Hamilton, Waikato, 3216 New Zealand (map)
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Finding purpose is hard on a good day. Finding your playground can be even harder. We know this, because it's something we share.

Finding a balance between your values and your work is no easy task, nor is it easy to leave your mark on a world that needs your contribution. Let's explore how you can find purpose in your playground. 

Doors open at 6pm for mixing and mingling, and we'll kick things off at 6.30pm!

After receiving feedback in a recent survey, over 50% of our community told us we should charge more than $10 for our events. We believe it's important our events are accessible for our community, and reflect the value we provide. This is the rationale behind the tickets now selling for $15. 

As always, if the cost is a barrier for you, please drop us an email to and we can organise a pay-it-forward ticket to get to you!  

So, will you join us? Tickets are limited, and will sell out. Get yours now!

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Tesh Randall (or Mrs Coconut as she's known in Raglan) is a thriving entrepreneur - starting out in her home kitchen 3.5 years ago, Raglan Coconut Yoghurt has won a NZ Gourmet Food Award and now supplies over 500 stores around New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Rarotonga.

She believes that business can be used as a tool for creating positive change and is a women of many hats (literally & figuratively!), with side projects including writing children's books, hosting glamping enthusiasts in their yurt and tiny house, and her position as editor of Arrival travel magazine. Tesh lives in Raglan with her partner Seb (Mr Coconut) where they love surfing and being part of the tight-knit community.  

Andy Mannering - Community Development

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Andy is a father of two amazing boys, Lachie (10) and Jackson (8), and has been married to Jo for 13 years.  He is currently the Community and Social Development Manager at Hamilton City Council, which means he is responsible for Council’s community development response, including grants, advisory services and community engagement.

Andy deeply believes in using all moments in his day to make others’ lives better.  He has been part of the kaitiaki (leadership team) of a local Christian community, Te Rautini since 2009.  He also currently organises a junior basketball club with 10 teams of ballers training and playing on a weekly basis.

He really couldn’t decide what to do without if faced with the choice of never having coffee, wine, cheese or chocolate, so is incredibly grateful it isn’t a real dilemma.

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Winner of the 2018 MWDI Māori Business Women Tainui Regional Award, words are Shelly’s playground! Managing director of Hamilton-based Shelly Davies Writing & Training, Shelly bounced unconventionally and entertainingly into the New Zealand communications landscape in 2012.  With a rockin’ brand that’s exploded across a surprising mix of sectors she’s now leading the pack.

“Brand Shelly” is out of the box, pretty damn irresistible, more than a little sassy, and rapidly giving fewer and fewer f*cks what anyone thinks.  And it’s working. Her writing is sharp, sought after, and highly paid. Her trainings are high energy, instantly impactful, and booked up to 2 years in advance.

With raw, entertaining honesty she'll show us her journey from mousy and  forgettable to successful businesswoman living her truth and generally rocking life with purpose in her playground, in her own way, every day! 

A special thank you to Sam Wright, who created this highlights reel so you can get a taste of the vibe!

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