Maurz Taane owns HAPA with her partner Blair (in the BNZ Centre) specialising in local and sustainable design and stocking a wide range of interesting gifts, crafted items, artworks, jewellery and homewares, as well as their own designs that showcase Te Reo Māori in the home. We had a chat with Maurz about her favourite little city:
Kia ora! Im Maurz Taane (Ngāti Maniapoto). My partner Blair and I have 2 stores called HAPA, one in the BNZ Centre in the CBD and also in The Tannery.
We specialise in local and sustainable design and stock a wide range of interesting gifts, crafted items, artworks, jewellery and homewares, as well as our own designs that showcase Te Reo Māori in the home.
I am also 1/3 of Tikidub Productions with my brother Tiki and sister Ninakaye - we are a music, production and events company.
I’ve been living, working and playing in inner city Otautahi for most of my happy life!
Tell us about HAPA?
We opened HAPA in October 2011, when the CBD was still under red zone cordon and stayed for 8 happy years in the innovative ReStart Container Mall.
In 2015, we opened a second store in the historic Tannery Emporium in Woolston, and when ReStart closed in 2018, we opened our brand new BNZ Centre store in May that same year.
Where will you be eating and drinking this December in the CDB?
We love heading to Bunsen in the Arts Centre for brunch - happy memories of Le Cafė while enjoying their amazing ever changing menu!
The Good Habit is a fave new spot for lunch, the vibe there is amazing. It was formerly a convent and its rich history is visible and tangible.
For the best coffee we are spoilt for choice in the CBD! The Caffeine Lab, Little Brews and Pilgrim on Lichfield St all feature on heavy rotation!
What will you be ordering?
The tofu salad from Hanoi Old Quarter in ENTX is my current obsession!
I'm delighted the Gre3n Juice Bar has just opened in The Crossing. I love their protein shakes and smoothie bowls!
Where's your go to for getting Christmas presents in the CBD?
I start at HAPA of course, as the range is so diverse and interesting and it’s wonderful to support local makers and designers! Frances Nation in the Arts Centre is another happy go-to, Beadz Unlimited in New Regent Street for Rowena Watson’s incredible jewellery designs, and Scorpio Books for the best books and recommendations from knowledgeable staff.
Where would you shop for a Christmas outfit in the CBD?
My top choices would be the thrilling thrifted bargains at Recycle Boutique in High Street, the retro vintage from the city mission op-shop Mīhana on St Asaph street, then pop into Infinite Definite to ogle the Kowtow range, and cruise past Hunters and Collectors so I can have a yarn with my mate AJ!
What's your favourite spot to spend time with friends and family in the CBD?
We love checking out Te Puna o Waiwhetū (Christchurch Art Gallery) for the latest exhibition, then head into Tūranga for a good book and a bite at Foundation Cafe, and a stroll along the City Promenade to check out the trails artworks, sculptures, and murals that you see along the way!
Any secret locations you like to go to relax and unwind in the CBD?
After a long day we will often head down to Little High for the best pizza in town (thanks Base Pizza!) and the Tonkotsu ramen from Sushi Soldier…not a secret exactly but it’s a nice stroll down the laneway, and often the outdoor seating area is bathed in late afternoon sun - bliss! We have recently discovered the amazing Welder too - home to Grizzly Baked Goods and other delights!
What is your favourite Christmas film?
Our daughter Forest started a whānau tradition of watching Love Actually on Christmas Eve, and we have done that every year since it was released! We all know all the dialogue (“Eight is a LOT of legs David”) and as retailers particularly enjoy Rowan Atkinson's gift wrapping (“Oh this is SO much more than a bag Sir”) and of course cry our eyes out with Emma Thompson EVERY DARN TIME.
Favourite part of the Christmas meal?
Using my Nana's precious china, and decorating with her handmade decorations.
Looking around the table at the faces of the people we love, thinking about those who can’t be with us, and giving thanks and gratitude for all our blessings.
And a show-stopping cheese platter is a must!!
What's the worst Christmas present you've ever received?
I have been blessed!! I've never been given a gift I didn't love!!
As a retailer, we don't really get a Christmas break - we are only closed on the stats, but we will definitely be making the effort to get to the Outdoor Cinema shows at the Arts Centre throughout January, and I can't wait to check out what's on offer with this summer's Bread & Circus festival!
How do you get around in the CBD?
We walk everywhere, but if we feel like a giggle we jump on Lime scooters!