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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Christ Church Cathedral needs to stay

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“OPINION: On Friday, a Court of Appeal decision cleared the way for the Church Property Trust (CPT) to continue demolishing the earthquake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral. Psychiatrist Alma Rae says that the urge to take it down seems to be based on fear. Last year The Press ran a poll seeki …

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. …

Threat to world heritage

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While I was in the midst of preparing the manuscript for my new book Imperial Gothic  a few years ago, a series of devastating earthquakes struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch. These quakes, of which there were two major ones between September 2010 and February 2011, caused widespread dam …