The ChristChurch Cathedral should be restored.
SIGN THE PETITION – STOP THE DEMOLITION – RESTORE THE CATHEDRAL
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Open letter to CERA, the Anglican Bishop and Church Property Trustees*, the Mayor andCity Councillors,the Prime Minister, and all Members of Parliament.
We oppose in the strongest terms possible the proposed razing of Christ Church Cathedral to a wallheight of 3 metres. As signatories to this letter we see it as imperative that CERA, the Anglican Church, Christchurch City Council,our Government and all Cantabriansof whichever faith or none, join forces to secure Christ Church Cathedral for the future. Itshould be made safe, repaired and restored as near as possible to its original form.
We support the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Board, the Christchurch Press editorialand all other voices which are calling for a pause to any further deconstruction work on the building. The engineering reportsby respected structural engineers such as Win Clark, Executive Director of the Society ofEarthquake Engineers, seniorCCC engineers, and other seismic engineering experts indicate theCathedral can be retained in a greater form than what Church leaders believe.
We also support the petition which was recently signed by over one hundred senior seismic andstructural engineers from New Zealand and overseas who issued a statement that they ‘believeit is technically feasible for the Christchurch Cathedral to be safely repaired, rebuilt and restoredto its original form in such a manner as to meet all earthquake code requirements and make thebuilding safe for future public use’.
Christ Church Cathedral has been at the heart of our city for well over 130 years. Our forebearsbuilt it as a symbol to represent the original expression of our Cantabrian identity and itsrestoration must be part of our legacy to those who follow us. We see the cathedral as theunifying catalyst for a new, non-partisan, enlightened appreciation of all our city's distinctiveheritage buildings, from Our City to the Arts Centre, from the Basilica to the Boathouse. Our rebuiltcity must reflect our past as well as a commitment to our future.
It is a question of time and money and a pause is required toenable stabilisation and make-safe work to be undertaken. This provides the time required to find the very best of engineering solutions and raise the necessary money to restore Christ Church Cathedral. We urge the Church, CCC and Government to accept the offers of assistance from the engineering and construction sectors and to consider sharing the initial costs of restoration work.