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We are a design store based in Christchurch, Aotearoa NZ, and our focus is on supporting and promoting local artists and creatives.

As part of maintaining our creative discipline and focus on our core values, we will be photo documenting a different creation each day that showcases the wealth of creative talent in our beautiful city. Each item must be created or designed by a local Canterbury based artist/designer/creator, and available for purchase in one of our HAPA stores.

As our city rebuilds around us its important to continue to value and acknowledge the creatives, the misfits, the dreamers... and the small businesses that showcase them.

We are the cracks in the pavement, the foraged flowers from demolition sites, the opportunities that arise from chaos...and we are beautiful MAURI ORA!


Day 31: Kisses For You xxx

The is one of our top selling childrens books - I Got You Some Kisses. Its such a gorgeous book, and even the title makes me happy! Im picturing all the tamariki tucked up in bed, being read to by their family, and falling asleep in the warm glow of aroha.

This book is written by local Ami Muir, who wrote it while on maternity leave with her first son. She talks about when her little boy was three months old, she told him that she had brought some kisses to share with him and kissed them all over his face - his reaction was full of delight! She was so touched by the experience that she wanted to capture it so they could recreate that feeling again and again, so she wrote this book. From there she found some wonderful illustrators who brought the little story to life.

Sometimes I order a product on its merit, and don't meet the designer for many months, its the digital world we live in. When I finally met Ami I was blown away by her - she's an absolute dynamo of a woman, determined, insanely talented, a fierce girl boss mama who is showing her babies how to take on the world with creative original ideas! She's got some awesome ships sailing on her horizon at the moment, follow her on social media (thekissco) to keep up with her empire of AWESOME!