We like to say we "Love the Extraordinary" and our product range reflects exactly that - an interesting, unique, bespoke range of gifts, jewellery and homewares that we have carefully curated to delight our customers. We work directly with many local kiwi designers and artists as well as with international names from places as far as Miami, New York, Madrid or Ljubljana.
HAPA was founded out of “opportunity”. After the chaos generated by the devastating Christchurch earthquake in February 22nd 2011, we realised we shared a dream and decided to get together to make it happen. Because life is short!!!
HAPA launched in October 29th, as part of Re:Start 2011, a project run by Restart The Heart Trust. It consists in a group of containers installed within the City Mall in Cashel Street. Designed by The Buchan Group (Architects), this innovative new shopping precinct represents the start of the Rebuild of the CBD and HAPA is proud to be part of it.
Maureen Taane (Ngati Maniapoto) is an experienced Cantabrian retailer with strong links within the New Zealand design industry. Maureen has an established reputation built over two decades among designers, jewellers and artists, and will showcase many of their works in HAPA. Together with her siblings Ninakaye and Tiki, Maureen is also one third of successful music production company Tikidub Productions. She is an executive board member on the Central City Business Association and has a passionate love for her hometown Otautahi/Christchurch.
Yuri Bacas Hosaka was born in Japan but grew up in Madrid, Spain, where fashion and art play an important role. Yuri arrived in New Zealand after 8 years living in UK. Yuri is a trained designer with a background in Branding, User Experience and Tech start-ups. After working as a consultant for numerous clients worldwide, Yuri's near-obsession of searching for the next coolest, most innovative and beautiful things is paying off, as HAPA is sourcing many of its products from Yuri's extensive archive of ideas.
When choosing a name for our business, we searched long and hard to find something meaningful that would represent us and our store. HAPA is a word of Hawaiian origin that means literally “Half”, which was used to refer to people with mixed racial heritage.
We both believe that growing up having access to different cultures has helped shape our interest and thirst for extraordinary ideas, which we offer in our shop and through our HAPA label.
At HAPA we work directly with many local crafters and designers to create unique and exclusive pieces. We love to support our community and help with the Rebuild of our city.