The new Riccarton community centre opened on 16 December 2019.

The two-storey centre – with a floor area of 760 square metres – in Clarence Street replaces the earthquake-damaged building on the former Christchurch City Council site next door.

It includes community spaces, Council customer services areas, and a meeting venue for the Waipuna/Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board, along with space for support staff.

The towering Kahikatea trees – and their berries – of Riccarton Bush have inspired the tall exterior feature columns and the building’s colours. A forest pattern on exterior walls further cements the local influence.

Sustainability has also been central to the project, with roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels powering the energy supply.

The fully accessible centre includes a ramp at the entrance, while a deck opens off the main hall on the ground floor.

The Rārākau: Riccarton Centre Customer Services area is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm. Community spaces can be booked in person at the Service Desk, by contacting the Council on 941 8999 or by emailing

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