19 Dec 2016

ChristChurch Cathedral announcement imminent

3:05 pm on 19 December 2016

An announcement is expected this week on the fate of Christchurch's cathedral.

Watch drone footage from inside the ChristChurch Cathedral in July 2016:

The earthquake-damaged church is the city's most recognisable building. It has sat derelict for close to six years after the February 2011 earthquake badly damaged it.

Those in favour of saving it have been in a deadlocked battle with its owner, the Anglican Church, which has expressed a preference for demolishing it and constructing a new cathedral.

In order to break the impasse, the government set up a working group to look at options for restoring it.

Its report has been handed to Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Gerry Brownlee and the church property trustees.

A church spokesman said the diocese hoped to make a joint announcement with the minister some time this week.

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