Anglicans describe Ogston’s suggestions as bizarre

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The Anglican Church has labelled the suggestion that the restoration of the Cathedral be undertaken by a foundation as bizarre.  Yet when the Cathedral was first built the fundraising and building programme were carried out by a Cathedral Commission so the suggestion is not without precedent.  It …

Hand over cathedral restoration to the people – British billionaire

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A British billionaire wants the Anglican Church to hand over the restoration of the Christ Church Cathedral to the people of the city. Hamish Ogston has announced he will fund a survey of Cantabrians views on the Cathedral’s future. Read the full article at NewstalkZB here

Another move to save Cathedral

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An English philanthropist fighting to save the ChristChurch Cathedral is calling for the community to lead a restoration project. The future of the Cathedral, badly damaged in the 2011 February earthquake, and how it should be rebuilt is at the centre of a legal battle between the Anglican Church a …

Cathedral restoration survey for Christchurch residents

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Christchurch residents will have the chance to give their views on the possible restoration of the city’s cathedral, thanks to a survey conducted by an English philanthropist. Hamish Ogston announced the planned questionaire this morning, also confirming an earlier offer of $4 million towards …

British rich-lister wants cathedral restored

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One of Britain’s richest men wants the Anglican Church to hand over the restoration of the Christchurch Cathedral to the people of Canterbury. In 2011 Hamish Ogston pledged $4 million to the restoration of the iconic Cathedral Square building after being moved by a documentary of the February …

Spare Cathedral from total demolition

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OPINION: British archaeologist, heritage adviser and writer RICHARD TERRY visited Christchurch recently and says Christ Church Cathedral has an irreplaceable authority and total demolition would be a great loss for the city. Why squander public money on heritage conservation when there are so many …

Second cathedral campaign group to fight

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“A legal wrangle over Christ Church Cathedral’s fate is far from over despite a court ruling demolition may proceed. The Court of Appeal dealt those fighting for the landmark’s restoration a hefty blow on Friday when it dismissed an appeal against a High Court decision allowing th …

Cathedral deconstruction OK, court rules

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“A legal battle to stop Christchurch’s landmark cathedral being demolished has been lost. In a decision released today the Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court decision clearing the way for the Church Property Trustees (CPT) to continue demolishing the quake-damaged Christ Church Cat …

How to actually save a cathedral

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“It looks like a modern-day miracle and you could forgive people for wanting to take a closer look at a building that appears to be floating. The Provo Tabernacle in Provo, Utah, was gutted by fire in December 2010. Instead of demolishing the whole building, the residents decided they wanted …

The Unholy Row over Christchurch Cathedral

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  Two years after an earthquake devastated the city which shares its name, ChristChurch Cathedral still languishes behind security fencing. Amanda Cropp investigates the rancorous politics behind the wire. The once- soaring bell tower is little more than a stump following demolition last year. …