1 Aug 2012

Cultural centre for Christchurch still a dream - Ngai Tahu

6:32 am on 1 August 2012

Ngai Tahu says a proposed cultural centre for Christchurch is only a dream at the moment.

The tribe's comment follows the release of a blueprint for the redevelopment of central Christchurch, which includes a cultural centre to showcase and celebrate Ngai Tahu, Maori and Polynesian traditions.

Ngai Tahu kaiwhakahaere (chairperson) Mark Solomon says he's hopeful the Te Puna Ahurea Cultural Centre will be built, but it's still early days.

Mr Solomon says there are a lot of factors still to be worked through, including examining land damage in the area - and he's heard engineers have to dig deep to reach a solid base.

But Mr Solomon describes the blueprint as a good start, and says it signals the beginning of a new era for the city.

He says Ngai Tahu made a big contribution to the plan and its input has been taken onboard by the Christchurch City Council and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.