The Government has stepped in to break the deadlock over the future of the earthquake-damaged Christchurch Cathedral.
A Government-appointed independent consultant will be employed to find a solution after years of legal fights between those wanting to demolish the cathedral, and those who want to keep it.
The church has been locked in a battle over the cathedral with the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust.
The church wants to rebuild it with a new design, which would require partial demolition, while the trust wants it fully restored.
But now, after a four-year stalemate, a consultant paid by and reporting to the Government will be brought in with the task of breaking the impasse.
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