21 Jun 2016

The public are being invited to vote for one of five possible names for the new Sumner library, community centre and museum.

The five possible names were shortlisted from the 175 suggestions Christchurch City Council received from the public during a naming competition run between May 23 and June 12.

“There were some clear favourites and common themes amongst the entries, ranging from environmental, historical, cultural and bilingual to functional names,” said Hagley–Ferrymead Councillor Paul Lonsdale.

The names that will be voted on by the public are:

• Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre

• Sumner Community Centre, Library and Museum

• Tuawera: Sumner Centre

• The Cornerstone

• Surfers Peak

The community has until Sunday, July 3 to vote online for their favourite. 

“We are looking for a name that captures the essence of the Sumner community. The shortlisted Te Reo names reflect Sumner’s historical Māori links with some really nice meanings behind them, while others draw inspiration from the coastal landscape,” Cr Lonsdale said.

“The combined facility will become an important gathering place for the community for years to come, so having a say in what we name it is a nice opportunity to make a permanent contribution to the community.”

The winning name will be announced in July, when the results will go to the Hagley–Ferryead Community Board for the final decision. The person, or people, whose suggestion get the most votes will receive $50 credit at Christchurch City Libraries.

Construction of the two-storey, 1300-square metre building on the corner of Wakefield and Nayland streets is due to begin in August and the facility is expected to open mid–2017.

The 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.