Ko Te Rarawa rātou ko Ngāpuhi, ko Ngāti Ruanui ngā iwi
Ko Ihutai rāua ko Ngāti Hawe ngā hapū
Ko Lisa Wipani tōku ingoa.
Kia ora! I'm a māmā of four and I live with my hoa tane and tamariki in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Koakoa Design is a gift shop that offers contemporary, authentic, high-quality gifts and products that reflect who we are in Aotearoa.
From poi and rongoā to gift boxes and well-being packs which makes sending koakoa (joy) and aroha, simple.
Whether you're after a gift for yourself, your loved ones or the people you appreciate, Koakoa Design has you covered with individual products through to corporate gifts.
I'm so lucky to able to fill the kete of creativity through my business. I'm a poi maker. I specialise in contemporary fabric poi although I also have art poi which I release every now and then. I make a range of crochet items from baskets to face scrubbies. One of my favourite design areas is jewellery.
Besides my own products I'm also grateful to work with a number of other very awesome, local makers. Through them I've expanded my product range to now include rongoā, giftboxes and well-being packs, reo products and so on. I'm always looking for more beautiful products to bring into the shop and I'm also currently working on some exciting new ranges myself!
Koakoa Design started with the idea that joy is something to be purposeful about. That it flourishes alongside manaakitanga and aroha - both for others and yourself.
Koakoa Design originally began as a celebration of lines of women who poured their love into things domestic - beautifying everyday objects, elevating humble things, creating handmade crafts for home and whānau. And that's really what Koakoa Design started with - small things joyfully made.
I began and still run my business from my kāinga - surrounded by all the mess and noise of whānau life. When I'm putting together corporate orders it can get pretty crazy! I love that corporates are now actively supporting pakihi Māori and I think it's great that their gifting includes items 'of' Aotearoa - I am here for that.
It's important to me that my tamariki see me trying new things and making mistakes - the ups and downs. I don't want them to hold back from something out of fear of the unknown or of failure. And I want them to see it's possible to create a life around something you enjoy - even if it's after the day job and dishes have been done!