It's hoped an independent, Government-appointed consultant will help break the deadlock over the future of the iconic Christ Church Cathedral.
The fate of the cathedral has been in limbo since it was badly damaged in the deadly February 2011 quake.
The Anglican church wants the Christchurch landmark pulled down - and it had the green light for a partial deconstruction - but the Great Christchurch Building Trust has fought that decision all the way to the Supreme Court.
However, Bishop Victoria Matthews announced yesterday that a Government-appointed, independent consultant will be brought in to help find a way forward.
She wants a decision made on the cathedral's future by Christmas.
Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel says she's "absolutely delighted" with the move to bring in an independent consultant.
"It is something that's holding up Cathedral Square, it is the heart of our city," she told the Paul Henry programme.
"I've got great confidence this will bring about the resolution we're all looking for."