Cera stop the destruction of Christchurch heritage
  • Petitioned Hon Christopher Finlayson

This petition was delivered to:

Minister Arts, Heritage and Culture
Hon Christopher Finlayson
Minister Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Hon Gerry Brownlee
Roger Sutton
General Manager - Demolitions
Warwick Isaacs
General Manager - Communications
Mike Shatford

Cera stop the destruction of Christchurch heritage

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      Christchurch, New Zealand

Following the devastating February 22, 2011 earthquake, and subsequent aftershocks, the demolition of Christchurch’s architectural heritage has reached an absolute crisis point: Christ Church Cathedral, our most iconic building at the very heart of the city, is already being ‘deconstructed’ – demolished. Bishop Matthews and CERA will not listen to reason. But the building can be restored, top seismic engineers, master stonemasons and other heritage experts all concur.

CERA (Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority) has authorised the demolition of about 200 listed heritage buildings and non-listed character buildings which contributed to the distinctive character of the city. We believe, on sound engineering advice, that a significant number of these could have been stabilised, repaired and strengthened to continue as a vital part of the city's history and to contribute to its social and economic well-being – including Christ Church Cathedral.

Many more heritage and character buildings are under serious threat of demolition, including the former Chief Post Office in the Square, Cranmer Courts and The Peterborough Centre (two important elements of the Gothic Revival legacy of Christchurch), the Odeon Theatre, the Majestic Theatre (Christchurch’s first fully steel-framed building, 1930) and the former Christchurch Railway Station.

A stop to the demolitions and stocktake of what is left is well overdue!  We must have robust, peer - reviewed assessments made by engineers with experience in the seismic strengthening of unreinforced masonry building. CERA and - in the case of Christ Church Cathedral - Bishop Matthews and church authorities, owe it to heritage architecture specialists, to heritage groups and to the citizens of Christchurch to have a much more open dialogue about the fate of what little remains of our priceless city heritage.




Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures

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      Petition Organizer

      RALLY FOR THE CATHEDRAL: this Saturday, May 26, Cranmer Square, 2.30pm.
      A major public rally and march is being staged to show the Anglican Church and Cera that the citizens of Christchurch will not accept the destruction of Christ Church Cathedral, the heart of the city for over 130 years. There will be music, passionate and informed speakers and a chance to share your support for our city heritage with others.

      I00 seismic engineers recently signed a petition stating that it was technically feasible to restore the cathedral to its former glory and to full current earthquake code. By a vote of 10 to 4, Christchurch City Councillors have asked the church to pause in its demolition process. The Cathedral can be saved; significant offers of funding and project management from overseas have been received.

      Please come to the rally. Bring friends and other supporters. Wrap up warm!

      Best wishes, Ross

    3. Reached 750 signatures

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      UNTHINKABLE: CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL IS BEING DEMOLISHED - removal of stained glass windows has begun. But there is mounting opposition to Bishop Matthews' decision to demolish. Please do all you can to help save this city icon. The former Chief Post Office in the Square is still threatened as is the former Christchurch Railway Station. Cranmer Courts & the Peterborough Centre are also under serious threat of demolition. We know the signature total reached in the few weeks, including our hard copy versions, will have an impact. We would really appreciate your renewing / extending any contacts to increase the online total. Each signing sends the petition letter to the Minister. of EQ Recovery Gerry Brownlee, Roger Sutton Cera CEO, Cera demolitions & communications managers & the Minister of Arts, Heritage & Culture. A very sincere personal & collective thankyou for the wonderful support.
      Ross Gray

    5. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Patrick Guerre CAMBRIA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      It is necessary to save what might have been what kept family and heritage together.

    • Bevan Matheson TANNUM SANDS, AUSTRALIA
      • over 2 years ago

      once it's gone it's gone

      • over 2 years ago

      I was born and raised in Christchurch. I have lived away and come back because I love it. Part of my attachment to Christchurch revolves around many of the buildings that are now being demolished. We have lost enough. We should be preserving what we have left and rebuilding what is gone in a way that is innovative and unique. I have been to St Bartholemew's in Frankfurt which was almost obliterated by bombing during WWII. It now stands as a major tourist destination in Germany because of the forethought of the German people. We have already lost democracy in Canterbury. Let's not lose history, too!

      • over 2 years ago

      This is an iconic building for EVERYONE, not just religious people, I want my children to grow up knowing the Cathedral

    • Scott Alexander Young BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
      • over 2 years ago

      I live in Budapest, Hungary but am from Christchurch and run my NZ company from here. If some of our architectural heritage can be preserved and a few golden patches of our lost little Albion in the South Pacific be restored, then I am all for it.


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