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. …

PM wades into ChristChurch Cathedral debate

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Prime Minister John Key has waded into the debate over the beleaguered ChristChurch Cathedral, offering his own personal hopes for the city’s icon.   His comments come a day after the release of a new engineering report arguing the cathedral can be saved. Read the full TV OneNews article h …

New plans could halt Christchurch Cathedral demolition

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Christchurch Cathedral can and must be saved. “Can the Cathedral as it sits at the present time be made safe for entry and reconstruction? The answer is yes, unqualified,” he says. Mr Anderton, together with millionaire businessman Philip Burdon, commissioned structural engineers to come up wit …

Christ Church Cathedral can be saved

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The Anglican Church says it will review a report that claims Christ Church Cathedral can be saved. The church’s Cathedral Project Group said today it had received the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust (GCBT) report. The trust, headed by former MPs Jim Anderton and Philip Burdon, yesterday g …