A campaign to save the Christchurch Cathedral begins today, featuring aerial images taken from a helicopter at 500 feet just two months ago, show that the building is not ruined.

The Great Christchurch Building Trust is behind the campaign and says the new perspective shows that the historic building can be restored.

The images present a different perspective to those usually shown from the front view, which portrays a dangerous looking building, beyond any possibility of restoration.

The new photos seen from above show the structure is intact with a roof as straight as a gun barrel.

The Great Christchurch Building Trust says no ratepayer contribution is needed to restore the building after available insurance and private funding is applied to the repair.

The Christchurch Cathedral is one of New Zealand’s most important Category One historic buildings.
“It is not a ruin. It can, based on reputable engineering advice, be restored for a cost-effective sum of around $67 million in five to seven years. No replacement Cathedral will be able to match the character and substance of this restored icon for a similar cost.

“We have little of our historic heritage left, but we can save our Cathedral. It is one of New Zealand’s most important historic Buildings. Our courageous forebears built this Cathedral with sacrifice and hard work.

“The people of Christchurch have established an emotional commitment to this historic, cultural and religious heart of our city. Tourists have been drawn to the central city square for years to enjoy the backdrop of images featuring the Christchurch Cathedral and its remarkable character,” the Trust says.

The campaign will put photos on display around Christchurch through billboards and flyers delivered to 72,000 households to show the Cathedral can be restored.

The Great Christchurch Building Trust is willing to lead the fund raising programme to pay for the restoration.
Contacts for Media: Philip Burdon 021-222 8846; Jim Anderton 021-777 680; Mark Belton 027-229 1483

Further documentation supporting how the Christchurch Cathedral can be restored is available at www.amazingcathedral.co.nz

GCRT Media Release PDF

Join the discussion 5 Comments

  1. Elaine Griffin August 24, 2014 at 10:57 am — Reply

    Is there any way our wonderful cathedral can be bought from the Anglican church? Now that it has been deconsecrated it seems to me that they would view it as a tradeable asset. I feel this is the only way that the people of Christchurch can have control over its reconstruction. I’m delighted to see that this battle isn’t over yet. Every good wish, Elaine

  2. Peter Davies September 2, 2014 at 6:15 am — Reply

    Having watched the cathedral controversy from afar – and having attended a worship service in the ‘transitional’ cathedral in January 2014 – I can see both sides of the argument. However, it seems to me that there is one thing missing from the case put forward by the Restore Christchurch Cathedral (RCC) group. What does RCC propose should go on inside the restored cathedral? It seems that the Anglican Church does not regard a restored cathedral in the nineteenth century Gothic style as fit for purpose. What, then, would be the purpose of the building which RCC is so keen to see restored?

  3. Petrina McLachlan September 10, 2014 at 5:10 pm — Reply

    The Cathedral is the heart and soul of Christchurch. It is in our Christchurch City Council logo because it is our emotional heart. It has been the back bone behind all the important events in the centre of Christchurch. It has been there for over 100 years and it is our symbol of strength. To “Don’t give up and be strong Christchurch” like the saying goes, we need this continuity. We need these symbols of our strength to remind us – we can get through this, as we’ve got through everything in the past. Trying to rebuild Christchurch without the Cathedral is like trying to re build an animal without its skeleton or a backbone. It can’t be done. We can’t give up, and I, for one, never will.

  4. Carolyn Gordon October 6, 2014 at 8:48 am — Reply

    If there is one historical building that should be restored in Christchurch it is the Christchurch Cathedral. It is the icon of our City. We owe it to our forebears and future generations.

  5. Peter Gwynne October 6, 2014 at 2:29 pm — Reply

    My wife and I support you but we will not open a face book account

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