Cathedral wars heating up

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” group opposing the Christ Church Cathedral demolition has launched a public relations offensive to convince Kiwis the landmark is not ruined. The six-week campaign by the Great Christchurch Building Trust (GCBT) includes extensive billboard and media advertising, featuring photographs of th …

Cathedral advocates ‘appalled’ at comparisons

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“A call by the world’s most senior Anglican bishop for Christchurch to stop clinging to the past has been criticised by those fighting to save the city’s earthquake-damaged cathedral. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby made the comments during a visit to Auckland last week, say …

Experts want to save the cathedral

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“The Christ Church Cathedral is the emblem of the city it stands in but its future looks bleak. A restoration expert, an architect and an architectural historian tell Paul Focamp that it is too valuable to be demolished. After the February 2011 earthquake the Christ Church Cathedral looked as …

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