Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Council decides name for new central library

Council decides name for new central library

Christchurch’s new central library has its official name — Tūranga.

The $92 million public library, which is currently being built on the corner of Cathedral Square and Gloucester Street, will be the largest in the South Island and a third larger than the city’s former earthquake-damaged central library.

Christchurch City Council today approved the name Tūranga, which was gifted by Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga and reflects the relationship with Whitireia, the traditional name for Cathedral Square.

“In oral tradition Whitireia was the name of the house of Paikea, the ancestor who travelled here on the back of a whale,” says Carolyn Robertson, Head of Libraries and Information.

“Tūranga was where his house was located, so the name honours the Māori tradition while reflecting the library’s new location in the heart of the city.”

Ms Robertson says Tūranga, which is on schedule to open mid-next year, will significantly change how people think about the library and interact with its services.

“Many people might assume we’re simply rebuilding the old central library, albeit a bit bigger and a bit further down the road. The reality is, however, we’re not just rebuilding, we’re completely reinventing it in the process.

“Highly flexibly spaces and new technology will be central to the way Tūranga operates. It will connect five floors of knowledge, products, services and experiences, including a hands-on technology and innovation zone, a 200-seat TSB community arena, a café, children’s playground and much, much more.

“The entire library will become a digital hub supported by a variety of high-tech features and new experiences. Think virtual reality, gaming consoles, laser cutters, digital walls, 3D printers and you’re starting to get the idea.

“It really is going to be something incredibly special for the city, and a real focal point for domestic and international visitors,” adds Ms Robertson.

Tūranga will be the flagship for the Christchurch City Libraries (external link)network, supporting 19 community, digital, and mobile libraries which last year hosted 3.7 million visits and issued almost 4.5 million items. By 2020, it will connect with the Christchurch Convention Centre, Christchurch Performing Arts Precinct and the refurbished Christchurch Town Hall.

Designed by award-winning international architects schmidt hammer lassen in partnership with Architectus, the library is expected to attract around 3000 visitors per day when it opens to the public next year.

Christchurch City Libraries staff are currently consulting with a number of secondary schools about options for Tūranga’s youth programmes.

More than 2400 community ideas helped shape the vision for the library during the public “Your Library, Your Voice” campaign in 2014.


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On What Triggered The Carnage In Gaza

At last count, 195 Palestinians have reportedly died in the latest round of violence, 55 of them children. Roughly ten times that number have been wounded, and thousands made homeless. On the Israeli side, 8 people have died from rockets fired from Gaza. The imbalance in casualties reflects the vast gap in weaponry between the two sides. The Israelis are carrying out air strikes with impunity on densely populated civilian neighbourhoods... More>>

 

Budget 2021: Boosts Carbon Neutral Government Commitment

· Budget 2021 delivers $67.4 million to support the transition to a carbon neutral public sector by 2025 · State Sector Decarbonisation Fund receives significant boost to support more schools, hospitals and other government organisations to replace ... More>>

Government: To Rev Up Reductions In Transport Emissions

The Government is calling for feedback on a range of potential policies to eliminate emissions in the transport sector. Transport Minister Michael Wood today released Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi - Transport Emissions: Pathways to ... More>>

KiwiSaver: Default Provider Scheme Improvements Slash Fees, Boosts Savings

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders will be significantly better off in retirement following changes to the default KiwiSaver scheme, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said today. More>>

ALSO:

Child Poverty: Reports Highlight Need For Ongoing Action

The Government has released the first Annual Report for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and the second Child Poverty Related Indicators (CPRI) Report, both of which highlight improvements in the lives of children as a result of actions of the Government, ... More>>

ALSO:

PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Parliament: Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer

Trevor Mallard has confirmed he is unfit to be Parliament’s Speaker by failing to answer several important questions relating to the false rape accusation saga that cost taxpayers more than $330,000, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels