About Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre

The new library, community centre and museum Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre opened on Saturday 19 August 2017.


Photos of construction

Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre

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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. It 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.

Listen to the Māori name [139KB MP3]


Sumner Library history

Sumner Library has a long and proud history of service to its community. There has been a library in Sumner since 1883. The local community ran the library for 114 years until it joined Canterbury Public Library in 1997. For a more detailed history go to this Sumner Library history page.

Te Kete Wānanga o Kōhua

About the former Sumner Library's Māori name

Sumner Library post-earthquake

From Monday 29 October 2012, library stock, IT equipment and shelving was removed from the library, which had been closed since it was damaged in the February 2011 earthquake. There were approximately 18,000 items in the library’s collection. None of the stock was damaged as the building remained watertight.

Demolition of the earthquake-damaged Sumner Library began in mid-January 2013 and was completed by the end of the month. This was the first library in the Christchurch City Libraries libraries network to be demolished in many years.

Tuesday 4 April 2017: Representatives from the Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board, the Sumner Redcliffs Historical Society, the Sumner Residents Association, and Christchurch City Council placed a time capsule into the partially constructed Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.

Armitage Williams Construction established the site from Monday 18 July 2016, and work began on Monday 25 July. Construction was expected to take approximately ten months to complete.