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 …

Christchurch Cathedral: ‘It can be done’

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Those calling for the deconstruction of the Christchurch Cathedral can no longer claim the building cannot be saved, heritage campaigner Jim Anderton says. A new report says the historic building can be saved with techniques similar to those used in underground mining. The independent report, which …

John Key meets the Queen

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Prime Minister John Key’s audience with the Queen turned into a family affair – he took wife Bronagh and daughter Stephie along for the big occasion. Key, who has been in Britain for the Queen’s diamond jubilee, got a private audience with her at Buckingham Palace overnight New Ze …

Three precincts for Chch, Aust planner says

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Three central-city precincts should form the foundation of the new Christchurch, a renowned Australian planning expert says. University of Melbourne emeritus professor David Yencken yesterday gave a public lecture on lessons for Christchurch from the transformation of Melbourne’s inner city i …