Community split over ChristChurch Cathedral's future

  • 13/06/2017

The community is divided over the future of the ChristChurch Cathedral, and whether it should be repaired or rebuilt.

Forty-nine percent of respondents to a survey preferred a new build, while 43 percent preferred reinstatement.

There's limited support for taxpayer or ratepayer funding for the reinstatement of the building, according to the survey commissioned by its owners Church Property Trustees (CPT).

Initially 58 percent of respondents to the ResearchFirst survey said the Cathedral should be reinstated, however some people changed their minds once they were given more information.

This information included the cost, time frame, and the suggestion that a new build would not require Government or Council funding.

The ChristChurch Cathedral has been left in a derelict state for more than six years, and the building has been at the heart of Christchurch for more than 150 years.

A final decision on the future of the cathedral is expected to be announced in September.