After years of delays and uncertainty, the public are finally getting a glimpse of what the new convention centre in Christchurch will look like.
Artists impressions have been released today.
They show a two-storey building, capable of hosting up to 2000 delagates.
The entrance features ribbons of pebbles and glass portraying Canterbury’s braided rivers.
The sides are straighter to reinforce the traditional edges to tie in with the restored Lady Isaac building.
The building, which has been designed with the help of Matapopore charitable trust, tells the story of creation.
Artist impression of the convention centre from Colombo St, Christchurch.
Project consultant Puamiria Parata-Goodall said, "The stories we talk about are based around the stories of Rangi and Papa, creation and Rangi’s first marriage".
It features four mountain-like peaks based on Aoraki Mount Cook and his "three brothers".
Inside the building also resembles the South Island’s woodlands and lakes.
Inside the convention centre, which is expected to be completed in late 2019.
The original convention centre was damaged in the February earthquake.
Its replacement has been dogged by delays and uncertainty including the breakdown of a public-private partnership leaving the government to now build it alone.
Otakaro is currently going through the tender process to find a main contractor by July.
The proposed centre will be able to hold an event for up to 2000 people, or several smaller events at the same time.
It's set to be completed in late 2019.