Fight to save cathedral goes to High Court
Fri, 10 Aug 2012 6:22p.m.
By Annabelle Tukia
A group trying to save Christchurch's Anglican cathedral is taking its fight to the High Court. They hope an obscure act of Parliament will force the church to rebuild the landmark.
Work to deconstruct Christchurch's quake-ravaged cathedral is temporarily suspended, but if the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust gets its way it'll be stopped altogether.
They're seeking clarification from the High Court because they believe the Anglican Church's deconstruction of the building is in breach of a 2003 act of Parliament that protects church buildings.
“Under that act there is a provision for the trustees to repair and maintain church buildings including the cathedral – there’s no provision in there as far as we can see for destruction or deconstruction,” says Jim Anderton of the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust.
Mr Anderton says if the court interprets the law the way he does, the church would need to seek an amendment to the act before proceeding with its plans for deconstruction.
A spokesman for the church says they're not prepared to comment now that the matters pending before the courts other than to say they’re pushing ahead with the design consultation process.
Out in the quake-hit eastern suburbs, residents are over the cathedral.
“All the people out here are suffering and they're worrying about a church, I mean that can wait,” says Alf Blake
“I believe they've wasted enough money on the place now, they should let it go,” says John Turner.
Mr Anderton says he expects the case to be heard in the next month.
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11/08/2012 9:45:35 a.m.
The decision to demolish the slightly damaged cathedral is nothing less than vandalism. It is probably illegal, and certainly improper and immoral.The bishop of Christchurch is putting money ahead of spiritual and heritage values.
11/08/2012 12:47:24 a.m.
The Cathedral has to be restored, maintained and cherished. It has become an integral part of Christchurch's history and is a focal point, recognised around the world. New Zealand has such a young history and sadly many beautiful old building have been destroyed over the years in this country because their worth and importance was not recognised. We have a chance to save this one so that many generations to come can enjoy it. It's not just about a building, it's about what it represents and no price can be put on that. The word iconic is used here for things that are from iconic on a daily basis. The cathedral is one thing that can truly be referred to as iconic.
10/08/2012 9:28:54 p.m.
According to "S" (see comments)As far as Christianity goes, the money should go the homeless and support for those who need it. Ok "S" but the Anglican Church is the entity that is the conduit for this charity. Simply put, without the Church there is not that structure to help the poor and dispossessed. (this applies to all other caring and compassionate organisations) The Cathedral is a focal point for all those people who donate time and money to helping those in need. No Church, no organisation working for charity. For example, the local fire station doesnt put out fires, but it is great place to meet for firemen/women who may then go on from there to extinguish fires.
10/08/2012 8:29:08 p.m.
As far as Christianity goes, the money should go the homeless and support for those who need it - not back into a Cathedral. The Anglicans were great Missionaries helping those in need back in the day...
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