WHO ARE WE
Kia ora! HAPA is a Design store which began life located inside a shipping container in Christchurch, New Zealand, launched on October 2011 as part of the Re:Start Container mall project. Designed to bring back life into the city, the innovative mall consisted of a group of shipping containers and represented the start of the rebuild of the CBD. The mall was the first CBD red zoned area to open to the public after months of being closed, due to the devastation of the 2011 earthquakes.
Our product range is an interesting, unique, bespoke range of gifts, jewellery and homewares that we have carefully curated to delight our customers. We work directly with more than 200 local designers and artists, and produce a range of our own HAPA designs. HAPA's aim is to keep surprising and inspiring our customers, and to contribute to our local economy - we believe that things that are made well last longer and support and admire quality craftmanship. We are constantly on the lookout for innovative jewellery, homeware and gifts - if you have something interesting to offer, we would love to hear from you!
HAPA is a word with many interesting meanings. In Te Reo Māori it refers to something imperfect, a puzzle, out of place... we like its resonance with the handmade products that we showcase, which are not "machine made" perfect - they show the heart, handprint and humanity of the makers. Its also a reference to our origins in the aftermath of the earthquakes in 2011 - a "hapa ripa" is the Māori phrase for "fault llne".
HAPA is owned by Maureen Taane (Ngāti Manaipoto, Ngāti Uekaha) and partner Blair Morton. We are a proud whānau business, and employ 7 members of extended whānau and friends, across both stores.
In October 2014 we launched a successful 3 month pop-up concept store situated at The Colombo.
In October 2015 we opened a HAPA store in the beautiful Tannery Emporium - this heritage space is a boutique shopping centre on the banks of the Heathcote River in Woolston, Christchurch Ōtautahi. The old industrial precinct is now home to an eclectic group of artisans in their own rights: a hub of creativity and hospitality, retail and craft.
In January 2018 the Container Mall closed its doors for good, to make way for the new Riverside Farmers Market to be built on the same spot, and all tenants relocated to different parts of our new central city.
In May 2018 we opened our brand new HAPA CENTRAL store in the busy BNZ Centre - you can find us at 111 Cashel st. Enter the BNZ Centre off both Cashel and Hereford streets - we are next to Wok It To Me, opposite Little Brews Cafe, and just down from Scorpio Books!!
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You can read what others write about HAPA on these links:
RESTART CONTAINER MALL STORE:
Photographs - Maureen Taane
THE TANNERY HAPA STORE:
Photographs - Maureen Taane
THE BNZ CENTRE CBD HAPA STORE:
Photos - Nancy Zhou