Hornby Centre set to welcome community with grand opening

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Feb 22, 2024 |

Photo: Christchurch City Council

The grand unveiling of Christchurch’s latest aquatic and library facility, Matatiki Hornby Centre, is scheduled for Friday, April 19th.

Located in Kyle Park, the centre will celebrate its launch with Mayor Phil Mauger leading the opening ceremony at 1 pm.

The ceremony will pave the way for a day filled with community activities and festivities on Saturday, April 20th.

Council’s Recreation, Sports, and Events lead, Nigel Cox said “we’re looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming the community.

After years of planning and hard work, it’s fantastic to see the project enter the homestretch.”

With the construction phase nearing completion next month, the site will soon transition to the Council for final preparations.

Cox said “we’ll be completing the operational fit out, training and inducting team members, and testing equipment to make sure everything is shipshape before Matatiki opens its doors to the community.”

Carolyn Robertson, Head of Libraries and Information, shared insights into the Hornby Library’s relocation efforts, noting the extensive planning involved in moving to the new Matatiki location.

The Goulding Avenue library will cease operations on March 28th, in preparation for the move, though the customer services desk there will remain operational until 5 pm on April 19th, continuing to offer services like council payments and dog registrations.

Councillor Mark Peters said “I’m really looking forward to seeing the Hornby and southwest Christchurch communities having ready access to this fabulous indoor aquatic centre, customer services hub, and a great, modern library.”

The community’s effort led by Hornby Rotary and the Greater Hornby Residents’ Association, to raise $1.4 million for a hydrotherapy pool was also mentioned, with over $1.1 million already secured.

The Matatiki Hornby Centre will feature a variety of aquatic facilities and the Auahatanga Creative Space, offering resources such as a laser cutter, 3D printer, and audio/visual equipment.

Additionally, the library will provide 12 public computers, alongside amenities like a café, meeting rooms, and an outdoor courtyard.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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