2 Aug 2017

Govt says offer reduces cathedral shortfall

1:47 pm on 2 August 2017

Around $14 million in additional fundraising would be needed to restore ChristChurch cathedral, a much lower sum than previously estimated, government documents say.

February 14, 2016 - ChristChurch Cathedral which was damaged in the earthquakes of 2011 is seen behind a fence.

ChristChurch cathedral. Photo: AFP

The future of the badly damaged building has been uncertain for six years. The Anglican Church favours demolishing what remains of the structure and building constructing a new cathedral while some heritage advocates want the original restored.

The Anglican Church's synod will meet next month to make a decision about the building.

Last month the government and the Christchurch City Council made public an offer to the church to restore the building; the government would contribute $25 million of grants and loans and Christchurch City Council $10m subject to public consultation.

Documents released by the government about the offer said this would mean the amount needed in further fundraising was about $14m, down from an estimated $40m-$50m.

Under the offer, additional fundraising would be managed by a trust, appointed by the Government.

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