Construction of Sumner's new library, community centre and museum is underway,
Armitage Williams Construction began work on the two-storey, 1300-square metre building on the corner of Wakefield and Nayland streets in July 2016.
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre is expected to open mid-2017.
In a competition run from May–June 2016, Christchurch City Council received 175 valid suggestions for a name for the building from the public. In consultation with the local rūnanga a panel sorted through the entries which ranged from environmental, historical, cultural and bilingual to functional names.
Five finalists were selected which were voted on by the public from 20 June – 3 July 2016 and after 200 votes two shortlisted names, Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre and Tuawera: Sumner Centre, were leading.
Matuku Takotako is the original Ngāi Tahu name for Sumner Beach and a name that strongly reflects the community and enhances the local iwi identity. This is what was put forward to the Hagley–Ferrymead Community Board for a final decision.
The name Matuku Takotako also recalls a Polynesian tradition associated with Tawhaki, who is famed for having ascended to the heavens in the pursuit of knowledge, which is fitting as it reflects the nature and purpose of the building.
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre's design draws inspiration from the local landscape, incorporating natural timber, the colours of the seaside and architectural features from the demolished Sumner Community Centre and Museum, which was on the site along with a library pre-earthquake.
The Council is contributing a total of $10 million towards the facility. In December 2015, Sumner Redcliffs Historical Society announced it will contribute $50,000 to the new facility. The funding will go towards the construction of the museum.
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre will incorporate a library, community centre and museum. The library, community office, display area and library courtyard will be situated on the ground floor with the rest of the community functions, hall, kitchen and museum space on the first floor.
The design of the new facility has been a collaborative process with Sumner residents. At the end of 2014, a Joint Working Group made up of community representatives was appointed to have input into the design.
The former community centre and museum facilities that were on the site were demolished in June 2011 and the library demolition was completed in 2013. A new library and community facility was identified as a key feature in the Sumner Village Centre Master Plan, which was developed in response to the 2010-2011 earthquakes.
The Council agreed in August 2013 that the Sumner Community Centre and Library should be rebuilt on the site of the demolished facilities at 14-18 Wakefield Avenue. On 4 September 2014, it committed funding to the rebuild of the new facility, meaning planning for the new facility could progress more quickly.
Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre is expected to open mid-2017. The work is being completed as part of the Council's Facilities Rebuild Programme.