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Talks over Christchurch's cathedral resume

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 17/02/2017
Christchurch cathedral. © RNZ / Alexander Robertson Christchurch cathedral.

Discussions over the fate of the earthquake damaged Christ Church Cathedral have resumed, with the Anglican church expected to consider its options next week.

The cathedral has been derelict for almost six years since the February 2011 quake, with parties at an impasse on whether it should be demolished or restored.

The government set up a working group to look at options for restoration, but no deal has so far been reached.

In a statement today, the Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Gerry Brownlee, said discussions with the Church Property Trustees have resumed.

Mr Brownlee said he understood the church would consider an offer from the Crown next week.

He said the government had made significant efforts to try to help the trustees come to a positive position and he hoped that would be achieved as soon as possible.

Mr Brownlee acknowledged the frustration many Cantabrians felt.


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