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CPT speaks out on cathedral

The 2011 earthquake wrecked hundreds of Christchurch buildings. Many have since been demolished. None have attracted the spotlight the way ChristChurch cathedral has. 
• Cathedral restoration shortfall sits at 56 million 

Gavin Holley  |  07 Apr 2017  |  1 Comment  

Christchurch’s daily paper The Press has today published an opinion piece by Gavin Holley, the General Manager of Church Property Trustees, about its six-year quest to break the deadlock over the earthquake-ravaged ChristChurch Cathedral.

In his op-ed piece Holley explains that CPT is the body elected to be steward of ChristChurch Cathedral – and of the other 247 damaged or wrecked churches and church buildings in the Diocese of Christchurch.

He gives a point-by-point, month-by-month account of CPT’s six-year struggle to find a workable, financially responsible way out of the cathedral impasse that works not just for Anglicans in Canterbury, but for all Cantabrians.

Holley outlines the stages of negotiation the CPT has been through with the community, and with the government.

He also explains that in the interests of making the right decision, CPT has commissioned more independent community research, and is undertaking further due diligence.

And he refutes a claim by Philip Burdon, of the Great Christchurch Building Trust, published in last weekend’s Press, that the GCBT has been caught up in “sham negotiations” with a body whose purpose “has always been to oppose restoration of the cathedral.”

To read Gavin Holley’s piece, click here.


Ronnie Smith

The offending article in the Christchurch 'Press', by Philip Burden of the Greater Christchurch Building Trust did, indeed, give a false impression of efforts made by the Christchurch Diocese CPT to overcome the status quo over the disposition of our Cathedral in The Square.

After Burden's article. I made two attempts to address the falsity of Burdon's article - through Letters to the Editor, which were not published.

Now, at long last, our CPT has been allowed to publish the truth about GCBT's delaying tactics preventing the diocese from going forward with the original plan to demolish the ruined Cathedral and replacing it with a modern, earthquake-proofed structure that would do justice to the position and purpose of its central place in our city. It has been the continuing litigation of GCBT that has preventing any move forward on this issue - not the diligence of the CPT.