Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre opened on Saturday 19 August 2017.

The opening included singing from more than 60 local children, including students from the Van Asch Deaf Education Centre signing the national anthem with everyone joining in at the conclusion of the ceremony. It was a community-led affair with more than 800 through the doors on day one alone.



Located on the corner of Nayland Street and Wakefield Avenue, Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre's design incorporates natural timber and draws inspiration from the local landscape, the colours of the seaside and architectural features from the demolished Sumner Community Centre and Museum – which had, until 2011, stood on the very same site. Those services have now found a new home under the same roof as the library, in a 1300 square metre building that’s already a pillar of the community.

Book the community space.(external link)

Learn more about the building and its artwork(external link), the opening day(external link), and the time capsule placed in the building(external link).

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 – most appropriate for a 21st century library.