Meet the team
Malcolm and Melanie Rands have built a team of passionate and skilled individuals since they started ecostore in 1993.
With feet on the ground on both sides of the Tasman, we have 40 staff in sales and marketing, research and development, and finance and administration - along with over 50 more at our factory, Eco Tech Solutions. And we’re represented in key Asian markets.
We’d like to introduce you to some of our team:
Malcolm & Melanie Rands – Co-founders
Malcolm Rands co-founded New Zealand’s first permaculture ecovillage in 1986 with his wife Melanie and a group of like minded pioneers. He built a track record in the not for profit sector before founding ecostore and its not-for-profit arm Fairground Foundation.
He’s twice been honoured with the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment’s Green Ribbon Award and ecostore has twice been named New Zealand Sustainable Business of the Year. Malcolm’s known as New Zealand’s ecoman, spending two years as the resident ‘green’ expert on New Zealand breakfast television. He’s also a member of the World Class New Zealand International Network.
Melanie Rands co-founded the company with her husband Malcolm in 1993. She is ecostore's former online manager and advises us on our brand’s creative direction.
Pablo Kraus – Managing director
Pablo Kraus was born in Germany and raised in Auckland. A digital design honours graduate of the Vancouver Film School, he worked as an interactive developer for five years.
In 2014, he joined his family’s business PK Group, and is a director of each company in the group as well as being managing director of ecostore. He is also an under 40s member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Pablo enjoys spending time with his wife and young children and is passionate about a healthy lifestyle.
Adam - General enquiries and online orders
Want to know more about our products, need help with a product you’ve bought, or need to track down an online order?
Get in touch with our customer care host Adam: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lauren - Social media
For those who like using social media to get in touch, Lauren has her fingers on the keyboard and her phone at the ready. Find us on social media using the links at the end of this page.
Sarah - Wholesale enquiries
If you’re interested in stocking our products, have a chat with our wholesale customer service representative Sarah:
Contact our Auckland store staff
Get in touch with our Auckland retail store staff on +64 9 360 8477 - ext 1
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