Court orders stay on cathedral demolition

High Court Justice Lester Chisholm has ordered Anglican authorities to halt further demolition work on Christ Church Cathedral.

The judicial review was taken by the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust chaired by Rich Lister and former MP Phillip Burdon, and ex-MP Jim Anderton.

They alleged that plans to demolish the cathedral breached the Act of Parliament which protects it.

Justice Chisholm ordered that the Anglican Church Property Trust must rebuild on the site.

But he also ruled that the church was not required to build a replica.

The result is likely to be a mix of a partly restored old cathedral with new elements.

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Presumably the Judge has some source of finance in mind also.

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Sounds like an Act of Parliament that needs to be repealed. But I havn't bothered to read it.

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Everyone I know in ChCh wants the old buildings knocked down. They've seen the carnage they could create and reckon its not worth it. They're pragmatic enough to realise a 7.5 earthquake could bring down any building, and old ones, even if they are "reinforced" are more likely to drop. The "save the building" people need their heads read.

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In such cases, I believe, should be a compromise between the aspiration to save the monument and the ability to provide it. Old cathedral with new elements is a good solution.

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