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Wait continues for Chch Cathedral decision

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/07/2016 Cleo Fraser

Christchurch cathedral © Getty Images Christchurch cathedral An Anglican spokesman has refused to say when a decision will be made in relation to the fate of the Christ Church Cathedral.

About a dozen media gathered outside the cathedral on Thursday only to be told by Reverend Jayson Rhodes, a spokesman for the Anglican church, that he couldn't comment on when a decision would be made.

"It is progressing - it's in the hands of the working group (but it) is progressing," he said when asked why a decision still hadn't been made.

The cathedral's future has been uncertain since it was badly damaged during the 2011 earthquake.

The church wanted the Christchurch landmark pulled down - and it had the green light for a partial deconstruction - but the Great Christchurch Building Trust has fought that decision all the way to the Supreme Court.

Last year the government appointed an independent consultant to liaise with both parties to resolve the impasse, with Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee saying in December that owners Church Property Trust (CPT) were keen to continue talks about possible rebuild plans.

He stressed the CPT needed clarity around cost before it could commit to any work going ahead.

When asked when a decision would be made given the government had said they expected an announcement about a month ago, Reverend Rhodes said: "It's progressing, it's progressing well".

"The working group have been given a task and they're doing that task and when the working group comes to their decision then they come to it."

Reverend Rhodes said there was no hold up in the decision-making process.

"I think everyone is really looking forward to the day that an Anglican cathedral is a central part of the city again," he said when asked if the church understood the level of frustration in the city.

A decision over the cathedral is also seen as an important part of rebuild planning as it sits in the CBD where major construction work is taking place.

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