Archbishop backs cathedral demolition

ABBIE NAPIER
Last updated 14:12 27/03/2014
Dr John Sentamu at Christ Church Cathedral
Kirk Hargreaves/Fairfax NZ

NOT STRUCTURALLY SOUND: Dr John Sentamu visits the Christ Church Cathedral ruins today.

Relevant offers

Christchurch Earthquake 2011

GeoNet turns 15 - what have we learned about earthquakes in that time? Evan Smith can't find the words to thank son for life-saving liver gift Rapaki residents hope concrete wall will protect against falling rocks Expert stonemason works on historic Peel Forest church Skinning, 'crazy people' and underwear racing at Queenstown Winter Festival Christchurch educator Jacqueline Duncan receives special honour Gerry Brownlee says change to Otakaro's purpose no big deal, calls Labour 'deluded' Flooding at Christchurch earthquake memorial site expected, Crown says Tonnes of liquefaction silt removed from rotting, quake-damaged house $8,455,690 rebuild claim as Christchurch homeowners sue IAG

The Archbishop of York has backed the Christ Church Cathedral leadership's bid for demolition.

The archbishop, Dr John Sentamu, - second only to the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Anglican heirarchy - visited the cathedral ruins today.

He said after seeing the cathedral's engineering report, he knew demolition was the only option.

"There's nothing structurally sound about the building anymore," he said.

"The engineering report is very clear."

While he supported a rebuild, he did not think a replica design was appropriate.

He said he hoped the people of Christchurch would join the church in designing something "contemporary and wonderful".

"Nostalgia doesn't work," the archbishop said.

"I would urge everyone to work together. It's not about the building, it's about the people."

Sentamu would be speaking at the Cardboard Cathedral during his visit to Christchurch.

He was confident the church would create an appropriate replacement for the Christ Church Cathedral.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which memorial design do you like most?

Memorial Wall with a reflective pond

Table and Chairs

A Green and Peaceful Landscape

Call and Response

Riverside Promenade

A Curved and Inclusive Memorial Wall

Vote Result

Related story: Christchurch earthquake memorial designs unveiled

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content