Magnate steps up fight for cathedral

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A high-profile Christchurch businessman is fronting a nationwide television commercial as the fight to save the Christ Church Cathedral escalates. Mortgage and real estate magnate Mike Pero is appearing in 60-second commercials being aired mainly during breakfast slots on TV One, TV3, Prime and Can …

Unholy war over cathedral

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Graeme Brady is sick of it. Sick of making the arguments, sick of hearing the counter-arguments. Sick of watching a beloved building slowly deteriorate while Cantabrians squabble. But he has more invested in it than most. Brady is a retired Anglican priest and one of the trustees of the Great Chris …

GCBT responds to the Bishop

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There is nothing new in any of these statements, except that the Bishop and her advisers continue to advocate for the destruction of arguably Canterbury’s most iconic historic building. None of the issues raised by the Church, including costs, safety, and engineering are new. They have all be …

Cathedral concern evident overseas

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OPINION: How’s Christchurch? What’s happening with the cathedral?” Generally when I’m overseas, and meet people who are acquainted with my hometown, those two questions are the first to fly off their tongues. Currently I’m bobbing about the Sea of Java, road-testing a …

The (im)permanence of bricks and mortar

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Opinion.  It seems to me the Anglican Church has never grasped the importance of the building to the city writes Martin van Beynen at the conclusion of an opinion piece covering a range of earthquake recovery issues in The Press, Saturday March 22, 2014, C9 He continues…. As I have said befo …

Anglicans tell Peters to butt out

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The Anglican Church is dismayed that the rebuilding of earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral may feature in talks to form a government this year…. Read the full article here

Economic benefit to retaining heritage buildings

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OPINION: With Christchurch still facing a long road to recovery, repairing what remains of its significant built heritage makes sense, writes ROB HALL. Prior to the earthquakes our built heritage contributed to Christchurch’s economic growth. The cityscape attracted tourists, particularly to …

Peters backing fix for ‘icon’

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Restoration of the Christ Church Cathedral could be a condition of any post-election coalition deal, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says. Peters, who was visiting Christchurch yesterday, called for government intervention and funding for the restoration of the earthquake-damaged landmark. …

Bishop’s attitude to Cathedral ‘bizarre’

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“OPINION: Nothing would symbolise survival, rebirth and memorial so dramatically as the restoration of the Christ Church Cathedral, writes Philip Burdon The legacy of the earthquake is a devastated and broken city that has shown a brave and determined ambition to recover and rebuild. The Arts …