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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 35: Warm Glow

Meet the flaming wonder that is Kandle Co! Kandle Co are a local company handmaking high quality soy melts and candles. Sue Hauser-Deakin is the creative behind this candle empire, and she is a classic “small batch” business…her candles are made in small quality batches using 100% natural soy wax, premium fragrances and pure cotton wicks. Soy wax is always the best choice for you and the environment because it’s all natural and biodegradable, unlike paraffin. Once you go soy you’ll never go back!

Warm ambience is a special quality in a home that can be hard to create…I find these candles take me there immediately…no matter what kind of day Im having, or how long my to-do list is, once I come home and light one of Sues candles, Im transported! That and a cup of tea = instant relaxation!

Sue’s a beautiful woman…and super smart, wise and funny, she makes me laugh endlessly with her stories and life observations…she’s now the proud proprietor of Shelf in the Cashmere Hills, well worth the trip to visit this wonderful gem of a store. What a multi-tasker, running a busy business empire and a successful store, all in a days work for this cool banana :)