Matatiki Hornby Centre – Our Māori name

Ngāi Tūāhuriri has gifted a special name - Matatiki - for the community facility that Christchurch City Council has built in Hornby.

Lynne Te Aika from Matapopore, says the gifted name was chosen because it reflects the unique natural features of Christchurch's south-west - the area the new facility will serve.

"Much of Christchurch gets its fresh drinking water from the underground aquifers that discharge through the Ōpāwaho-Heathcote and Ōtākaro-Avon Rivers in the Hornby area. Matatiki means spring of water and represents the importance of water as a source of life and wellbeing.

"Traditionally, the river waters were central to the way of life for mana whenua and an area of mahinga kai - an interconnected system which produces food and sustains life," says Ms Te Aika.

Matapopore developed the cultural narrative and facilitated the gifting of the name from Ngāi Tūāhuriri to the Council.

The Waipuna Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board has voted to accept Ngāi Tūāhuriri's gifted name of Matatiki for the new community facility that Christchurch City Council is building on land in Kyle Park, Hornby.

This follows the naming convention of other Council facilities like Te Pou Toetoe: Linwood Pool and Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre.

Council Head of Recreation, Sports and Events Nigel Cox says the name that is being gifted is fitting for the new facility as it will be a source of wellbeing for the people of Ōtautahi-Christchurch.

"We are building this new facility to serve the growing population in the city's south-west. It is going to be a place for people to come together to exercise, to learn and to play and to connect with others,'' Mr Cox says.

The design of the new facility and the landscaping will incorporate ideas encapsulated in the cultural narrative developed by Matapopore.

Information from
New Hornby Centre gifted special name, Newsline, 11 August 2022
Board accepts gifted name, Newsline, 17 August 2022

See also

Te Kete Wānanga o te Urumanu - Information about the Māori name of the former Hornby Library which closed on Thursday 28 March 2024