Making a splash: Christchurch Mayor opens new Hornby pools

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Apr 19, 2024 |

Mayor Phil Mauger and Councillor Mark Peters jumping into a pool at Matatiki Hornby Centre photo Chris Lynch

Matatiki Hornby Centre has officially opened with Christchurch Mayor Phil Mauger and Hornby Councillor Mark Peters jumping into the pool, fully clothed.

Construction started in November 2021, and the complex opened to the public at 3pm, following a formal opening ceremony.

The Matatiki indoor pool includes a lane pool, learn-to-swim pool, hydrotherapy pool, family spa pool, and toddlers’ wet play area.

Photo Chris Lynch

Hornby Library and the Council’s customer service desk has relocated from their site at Goulding Avenue to Matatiki.

The centre also includes the Auahatanga Creative Space, which includes resources like a laser cutter, 3D printer, audio/visual recording equipment, and sewing machines. The library will also have 12 public computers.

Hundreds attended the official welcoming ceremony / Photo Chris Lynch

The 4000m2 site also includes a café, bookable meeting rooms, and an outdoor courtyard with stage.

A community day is being held on Saturday 20 April, with a range of activities, food trucks and entertainment on offer.

Photo Chris Lynch


Matatiki means ‘spring of life’. The name was gifted to the Council by Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Matapopore expresses the importance of water as a source of life and wellbeing.

It also reflects the unique landscape and history of Christchurch’s southwest.


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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