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