SOLD OUT | South Island | Tūranga (City Library) Site Tour #1

5:00pm Wednesday, 5 September 2018
7:00pm Wednesday, 5 September 2018
Site Tour
Tūranga (New City Library)
Gloucester Street (Service Entrance) Central City
Christchurch, Canterbury 8011
New Zealand

Opening in October 2018, Tūranga is not only a significant cultural hub and civic space that will attract people back into the central city, but an important symbol of Christchurch's inner city regeneration.

Occupying the prominent corner site of Gloucester Street and Cathedral Square, Tūranga will be the largest public library in the South Island.  Designed by New Zealand company Architectus in partnership with Danish library design experts Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Tūranga will be an inviting space where people of Christchurch will feel like they belong.

Not only will the building retain the largest print collection in the city and encompass the more traditional features of a library, it will house new spaces, equipment and programmes not found in traditional libraries such as creative, meeting, entertainment and relaxing spaces. It will also be a hub for innovation and technology with up to 100 computers, an innovation zone for trialing new technology, free Wi-Fi and internet access and 3D and laser printers.

Come along and be informed by those who have nurtured this project from beginning to completion. The project briefing and site tours will include information on the following:

  • Structure and seismic resilience
  • NEC3
  • In-library services, technology and innovation
  • The importance of the new city library in a modern electronic world
  • Building capacities
  • Unique aspects of the build
  • Challenges experienced along the way

Property Council South Island is pleased to be able to offer members the chance to view this exciting new building and community space before it opens to the public. Attendees can choose to attend an exclusive behind the scenes site tour on either Wednesday 5 September or Thursday 6 September, with both site tours to be followed by networking drinks and nibbles at Casa Publica.

Spaces are strictly limited on both days, so make sure you book your place now!

Please Note: All attendees must be wearing closed in footwear with no high heels.

Please use the service entrance at the Eastern end of the building on Gloucester Street.

Property Council New Zealand is committed to an industry which leverages diversity to drive success. Please consider this when registering participants for this event.



Quin Henderson, Founding Director and CEO, Southbase Construction

Quin's 38 year career has included the executive leadership of many of New Zealand's most significant and complex construction projects. He has extensive experience governing and directing project teams to deliver outstanding results. Quin established Southbase Construction in 2013 and has undertaken some of the biggest and most exciting construction projects in the city - Tūranga, Hagley Oval Pavilion, Christchurch Bus Interchange, Deloitte House, St Margart's College and The Crossing.

Gordon McGregor, Project Manager, Southbase Construction

Gordon is a senior construction professional with over 19 years industry experience. He is a business focused and commercially minded team leader who has been instrumental in the successful delivery of some of Christchurch's larger scale post-earthquake projects such as the Christchurch Bus Interchange and the King Edward Barracks Carpark Facility.

Gordon is currently the Project Manager for Tūranga and is immensely proud to be part of the team that is bringing this iconic facility back to the heart of Christchurch.

John Rossetter, Project Director, Christchurch City Council

John is the Christchurch City Council Project Director with responsibility for the delivery of Tūranga. John joined the Major Facilities team at Council from the Ministry of Education where he was responsible for capital investment in schools under the Christchurch Schools Rebuild Programme and across the South Island under the wider Capital Works Programme.

Carolyn Robertson, Head of Libraries and Information, Christchurch City Council

Carolyn has led the planning and delivery of public library services for Christchurch and has sponsored several library building projects which form a key part of the Christchurch rebuild. The largest of these is Tūranga - Christchurch Central Library.

Carolyn is a fellow of LIANZA and a member of LIAC, a national body advising the Minister for the National Library. Carolyn is also involved in several international library networks, including the Global Libraries Network INELI.

Matt Cummins, Senior Project Manager, Christchurch City Council

Matt has delivered significant projects for Christchurch both pre and post-earthquake. Holding programme and project management responsibilities, Matt successfully led the delivery of both Bishopdale and Sumner Libraries and joined the Tūranga team in 2017 with a strong focus on community development and getting projects 'over the line'.

Erica Rankin, Establishment Manager, Christchurch City Council

Erica is part of the Libraries Leadership Team where she is responsible for the design and establishment of Tūranga services and operations. Prior to this role she was Community Libraries Manager at Christchurch City Libraries, managing the service for half of the libraries in the city, including the temporary Central Libraries. She was also involved in the planning of the new Aranui Library.



 Non-member $96.00
 Member (50% discount)$48.00

All prices exclude 15% GST.

Online registration

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  1. Click on the Member Login link (located in the top left-hand corner of the website)
  2. Click on the link Request new password.
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Terms & conditions

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Contact Information

Amelia Flynn

South Island Branch Manager

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Additional Information

Event timings

Site Tour Starts5:00pm
Networking Drinks6.00pm


Special thanks to our Event Sponsor