HAPA is a Design store in located inside of a shipping container in Christchurch, New Zealand and was founded by Maureen Taane and Yuri Bacas Hosaka.
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” and a need to get involved in the Rebuild of our hometown!
After the chaos generated by the devastating Christchurch earthquake in February 22nd 2011, Maureen Taane and Yuri Bacas Hosaka realised they shared a dream and decided to get together to make it happen. Because life is short!!!
Despite the continuous unstable situation we've been facing in the last three years, HAPA has managed to establish itself successfully and has a loyal following nationally and internationally.
With the Re:Start mall relocating in June 2014, HAPA will have the opportunity to grow into a bigger space. HAPA enjoys having an active direct open communication with its customers via their facebook page (www.facebook.com/HapaNZ)
HAPA had a successful 3 month pop up at the high end Colombo mall, which proved that we have he capacity to expand, which is in our plans for the future. The pop up was a concept store and gained new followers amongst part of the locals who didn't know of us yet.
With over two decades of experience within the retail industry, Maureen Taane (Ngati Maniapoto iwi) is the motor behind the curtains. Ensuring that everything runs smoothly. Maureen has been a member of the executive board on the Central City Business Association for several years now and is also part of a successful music production company (Tikidub Productions), together with her siblings Tiki and Ninakaye.
Yuri Bacas Hosaka is the creative force behind HAPA. Having created the brand and “flavour” of the business, Yuri's near-obsession of searching for the next coolest, most innovative and beautiful things helps create the special mix of products HAPA has on offer. Yuri has lived and worked in 4 continents, collaborating in numerous successful start-ups (some her own) and corporations honing a variety of skills that have finally found the perfect place to blossom.
Both Maureen and Yuri are passionate about the city of Otautahi Christchurch and this is one of the reasons why they set up HAPA, to support local businesses.
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HAPA Concept Store Pop Up
HAPA interior detail