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.

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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.

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