A group wanting to save the damaged Anglican cathedral in Christchurch is taking its case to the High Court following advice that legislation protecting church buildings could be being breached.
The Great Christchurch Buildings Trust believes that under the Anglican (Diocese of Christchurch) Church Protection Trust Act of 2003, the church is obliged to repair and maintain the cathedral - which is currently under a demolition order.
If the case is upheld, trust chair Jim Anderton says the church may be required to readdress demolition and seek advice from more engineers.
Mr Anderton says the trust has struggled to work cooperatively with the church and has little choice but to take matters to the High Court.
Last week the church dismissed an engineers' report from the trust claiming the building could be saved.