Financier offers funds to restore cathedral

Last updated 05:00 04/03/2014

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An announcement is expected today about an agreement with a rich overseas businessmen to donate money for the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral.

The Press understands that opponents of the cathedral's deconstruction will today announce that a rich businessman is willing to donate a large sum of money to restore the landmark building.

The announcement is expected at 9am.

Christ Church Cathedral was badly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake and the decision over its fate has polarised the community.

In 2012, the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust, co-chaired by former MPs Jim Anderton and Philip Burdon, took the Anglican Church to court over the diocese's deconstruction plans, which they claimed breached an act of Parliament that protected church buildings.

The courts found in favour of the church, but the opponents vowed to keep fighting.

Anderton will be leading today's announcement and The Press understands Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel will also attend the press conference.

The Anglican Church has suggested three options for the site - restoration, a reinterpretation of the neo-Gothic cathedral in modern materials or a completely new building.

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