Christ Church Cathedral decision imminent, but 'could change in an instant'
Anglican Church Property Trustees (CPT) are meeting this week to consider a deal with the Government to restore the earthquake-damaged ChristChurch cathedral.
The icon has been sitting derelict in central Christchurch for more than six years.
Restoration campaigner Jim Anderton says a decision on the cathedral's future could be made public on Friday, but a source close to the process says it could be next week.
Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Gerry Brownlee said in February that the Government had offered $10 million in cash and a $15m loan to help restore the building.
The funding pledge was made to Anglican leaders in December and included an offer to handle resource consents and set up a project management office for the restoration, he said.
The deal involved Anglicans putting $42m towards the restoration and campaign group Great Christchurch Buildings Trust (GCBT) raising $15m from donors. Brownlee said that left $30m to be raised for the restoration over a number of years.
GCBT co-chairman Anderton said he had heard from people "in the loop".
"We are expecting an announcement on Friday. That is what I hear, but who knows. That could change in an instant," he said.
"I wouldn't hold your breath. Everybody in the loop seems to think it is OK, but I have been doing this for five years and I know to wait."
Anderton said the Government's $10m offer was generous.
A source close to the process confirmed CPT was meeting this week, but said a decision may not be made until next week.
"There will be a series of meetings that may spill over into next week because of people's plans," they said.
"It is possible that people will push for a Friday decision, but I would be very surprised. If there will be something I suspect it will be next week."
A spokeswoman for Brownlee said there was "nothing to say on the cathedral". A spokesman for the Anglican diocese did not respond to a request for comment.