About the library at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

The Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, located at 341 Halswell Road opened Saturday 28 November 2015. Find out how Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre got its name.

Opening hours



Meeting rooms

Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre includes two large venues catering for up to 450 people (300 in one space and 150 in the other), a medium-sized space for up to 40 people and four smaller meeting rooms. Kitchen and function centre facilities are included.

All spaces are bookable and available to the public and community groups.

Bookings and enquiries about the spaces for hire can be made by calling the Christchurch City Council on (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169 or using this online form.

Find out more about the meeting rooms and pricing.

Red Café


  • Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - 10am to 4pm

Phone 322-5664


  • Parking: outside library, with disabled access
  • Bikestands outside library

Te Hāpua Halswell Summer Pool

The Te Hāpua Halswell Summer Pool is open from 18 November 2017 to 3 April 2018

Facts and Figures

  • Estimated number of library items borrowed per annum - 275,152
  • Estimated number of public computer use sessions per annum - 66,000
  • Estimated number of users in the library per annum - 312,293

Halswell poster
Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre information [157KB PDF]

Te Kete Wānanga o Ōtūmatua

About our Māori name.

How Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre got its name

Information from the May 2015 newsletter.

In a competition run from December 2014 to January 2015, Christchurch City Council received 162 valid suggestions. A panel of Council staff and rūnanga sorted through the entries and selected six finalists, which were voted on by the public with 766 votes between them. The winning suggestion was “The Halswell Centre”.

Throughout the naming process, the Council consulted with Mahaanui Kurataiao Ltd (MKT) and the two local rūnanga on a te reo Māori name for the facility to complement the competition name winner and reflect the local area. The consensus was for Te Hāpua, which roughly translates to “the lagoons”. This refers to the outdoor pool, as well as the location of the complex alongside Te Tauawa-a-Maka/Nottingham Stream, an upper tributary of the Huritini/Halswell River. This is in turn an important source of Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora), which is very important to rūnanga.

Listen to the Māori name [106KB MP3]

About the development of Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre