Construction is due to start in August on a combined library, community facility and museum in Sumner to replace those lost as a result of the 2011 earthquakes.
The building will include a library, museum exhibition and storage space as well as a hall (with stage), and kitchen facilities.
The design draws inspiration from the local landscape, incorporating natural timber, the colours of the seaside and architectural features from the demolished Sumner Community Centre. The facility will open next year.
All the design decisions have been made but one crucial piece of the puzzle is still missing and you can help. We need a name for this new multi-use facility. So if you've got any thoughts about what we should call it, please submit your idea. Submissions are open until 12 June and the best suggestions will be open for a public vote with a winner announced in July.
We are looking for a catchy name with environmental, historical or cultural relevance to the Sumner area.
Lacking inspiration? These resources might help -
About the new facility
- Council makes progress on new Sumner Community Facility
- Sketches of the new building
Online resources about Sumner
- Sumner World War II Local Defences Trail (brochure), from our Christchurch Places A-Z
- History of the old Sumner Library
- Photos of the old Sumner Library
- Tī Kouka Whenua - Our online resource of Māori history in the Christchurch area, including Sumner.
- Māori Library names - Information about the Māori names for our other library facilities, including the former Sumner Library.
Items in our catalogue about Sumner
- Māori folk tales of the Port Hills
- The Port Hills of Christchurch
- Sumner to Ferrymead: A Christchurch history
- The Estuary: Where Our Rivers Meet the Sea : Christchurch's Avon-Heathcote Estuary and Brooklands Lagoon
- Life in the Estuary: illustrated guide & ecology