Christ Church Cathedral - readers' comments

00:06, May 27 2012
Christ Church Cathedral
LOWERED: Christ Church Cathedral continues to come down despite efforts to stop it being demolished

A poll of 359 Cantabrians found the region torn over the fate of Christ Church Cathedral with a majority favoured demolition.

However, the comments from those polled revealed it was a tussle between our hearts and our heads. The former reflecting our emotional attachment to the iconic heritage building, the latter understanding that repairs for the cathedral would be costly and potentially dangerous.

You can read their comments here:

Reasons from those who think the Christ Church Cathedral should be demolished:

I don't like the idea of a church being the centre of the city. 30 - 59, Male

It seems too far gone. It seems to be a bit of a risk. 18 - 29, Male

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I am anti-religion. 18 - 29, Male

The ground is not solid underneath the building, any quake that happens would ruin the building again. 18 - 29, Male

We need to move on and the money that would be used for the rebuild needs to be used for rehousing of people and getting them back into jobs. 18 - 29, Male

It's no use to anyone at the moment but it should be rebuilt using the usable masonry on some other site that's not going to be affected by future quakes. 18 - 29, Male

If all around the Cathedral is green it wouldn't fit in with the surroundings. 18 - 29, Male

Churches have done their thing, it's over. Attendances prove churches aren't needed, outgrown their use. Land could be used in other areas. 30 - 59, Female

It would be asset to keep but not financially viable at present. 18 - 29, Male

An engineer told me it's unsafe. 60+, Female

It's dangerous. Cost way too much to fix it. I, as a ratepayer, don't want to pay for it. 30 - 59, Female

It's not safe. 30 - 59, Male

The amount of damage caused and the chance to build one in its place. It's just a building. 30 - 59, Male

For the face of Christchurch it should remain, although structurely it would be best to come down. 18 - 29, Female

It is a hazard, it's ridiculous, they can't leave it there. 18 - 29, Female

It is time to move on. 30 - 59, Female

The foundations are poor, no matter what I think it will have to be demolished. 18 - 29, Male

It should be demolished. 30  59, Female

It has become an icon for central city, doesn't represent Christchurch, just a tourist attraction. 18 - 29, Female

It has got to be safe for the public. If they can keep windows, etc from Cathedral would be good. 60+, Female

I thought it was a ugly dump before the earthquake. It's dangerous. I agree with the bishop that it is very badly damaged and dangerous. When you think about the centre of Christchurch, it's a long distance for worshippers to come. 60+, Male

It's nearly down now. 30 - 59, Male

Let us move on, it can't be saved, put something modern there. 18 - 29, Male

If it's unsafe then it must go. 18 - 29, Female

It's not worth it to spend all that rate money to rebuild it. 18 - 29, Male

Not all of us are religious. 30 - 59, Female

It is not relevant any more. 30 - 59, Female

The state of it safety-wise, it needs to go. 30 - 59, Female

It's in such poor condition. 30 - 59, Female

So many people are homeless, so not important. 30 - 59, Female

It makes me sad, but it's gone now. 30 - 59, Female

Because it's pretty much munted. Nothing much heard about the Catholic Cathedral, which is just as bad. No other reason. 30 - 59, Female

It's no good, it's had it. I know it's an iconic building for Christchurch but it's a fluff really. The majority of people don't go there. I wouldn't feel confident going into that building. The money could be spent on better things. 30 - 59, Male

It's a nothing building, it's just a church. 30 - 59, Male

I don't believe it's repairable to its old state. 30 - 59, Female

I don't believe it should be the centre of our new town when it's not safe. 30 - 59, Female

It has to be safe and will cost too much to repair. 30 - 59, Male

If they put up a new one, in 200 years it will have heritage value too. 30 - 59, Male

It's too damaged and the cost is too much. The Cathedral is just a building. It's the church who own it and it's not safe for them. 30 - 59, Male

It's dangerous, and it will cost more money than it's worth. Not much of it left. Enough money has been spent on it now. People would be too scared to go in to a restored Cathedral. They would have restored it, if they had been able to. 30 - 59, Female

Take it down and start again. 30 - 59, Female

Turn it into a 3 metre high wall, like in Britain with the churches there. 30 - 59, Male

You can't have unsafe buildings. 60+, Female

It's not safe for people to be in it. 30 - 59, Female

I just feel that the number of people who belong to that church is so small. The amount of money needed would be better used elsewhere. We have to have something in the Cathedral's place, but we don't know the state of the ground under the Cathedral. 60+, Female

It is too damaged to be repaired. Do not wish to fix it and spend lots of money as there's a possiblity another earthquake. 30 - 59, Female

It wasn't spectacular. It's going to cost too much. 30 - 59, Male

It's probably time to get a new one. It's quite damaged from what I've seen. We need a new symbol for Christchurch. 18 - 29, Male

They should save what they can, but demolish it. 30 - 59, Female

Safety reasons. 30 - 59, Male

It's not a safe building, it's too old, need to build a new one. 30 - 59, Male

It's a write-off from what I've seen. They should rebuild it after pulling it down. 30 - 59, Female

Unless $30 million can be produced from donations around the world. They'd need a specialist medieval architect. They would need $30 million very quickly. It is not realistic, so it's best to move forward. 30 - 59, Male

There are other more important matters to look into. It is not the top priority. Look more at the needs of the suburbs first. 60+, Male

They can rebuild it a bit stronger. 30 - 59, Male

I'd like to see as many of the materials saved for use in the rebuild of another Catherdral. 30 - 59, Female

Although it is an icon, it will never be considered safe. It would be better to start again. 30 - 59, Male

It is not worth saving it. People are voting with their heart. We should build a more modern one. 30 - 59, Male

We have to agree with the experts. 30 - 59, Female

They should save the stone and rebuild something classic  make it more modern. 30 - 59, Female

It's unsafe and I don't see the point in preserving it in a damaged state. 18 - 29, Female

They should start again. It is not worth saving. 30 - 59, Female

I'd like to have a clean slate, and start again. 30 - 59, Female

We need to move on. The money could be better spent elsewhere. 30  59, Male

It is too dangerous. 60+, Female

Depends if it is unsafe  then it should definitely be demolished. If it is safe, they should restore it. We wouldn't want anyone to get killed. No one knows what the land is like under the Cathedral. 30 - 59, Female

It would cost too much and I'm not religious. We don't need a Cathedral. 18 - 29, Male

I don't want the taxpayer to pay for it. 18 - 29, Male

If it puts peoples lives in danger then it should be demolished. 18 - 29, Male

It's not necessary for the reasons that people want it to be rebuilt. It's holding people back. They seem to want it to stay as a tourist attrraction or a symbol, but it's meant to be a church. 18 - 29, Female

It should be rebuilt at some stage. 18 - 29, Male

It may be holding up other things. It would be faster to demolish than rebuild. 18 - 29, Male

They should rebuild another one, not in same spot, but close to town. The building has suffered enough damage. rebuild using same cornerstones. 18 - 29, Male

It is unsafe, and how many will go in to it if it is repaired? 60+, Female

It's unsafe and would cost too much to repair. 30 - 59, Female

It's an unsafe building. 18 - 29, Female

I don't think that we are a Christian based society we are more multicultural. We should move on. 30 - 59, Female

I think they are being too hasty and they should save some of it. 60+, Male

It's going to cost too much and it's not the best use of our money. 30 - 59, Female

I think it needs to come down and you have to trust the people that make these decisions. 30 - 59, Female

It really has had it, there's no point in saving it. 30 - 59, Male

Needed to come down. 30 - 59, Male

It will cost millions of dollars to save it and there are people with no houses who could benefit more from that money. 30 - 59, Male

It's dangerous. 60+, Male

It is badly damaged and it would cost a lot to save it. 30 - 59, Female

If it a danger it should go. We are better to build something different and take time to do it well. 30 - 59, Female

I don't know. We have spent so much time discussing the issue when we should spend the time helping other people. There is too much water under the Square. So much time has been wasted. Is the Cathedral that important? It was a beautiful building. 60+, Female

If they can not save it then clear the space and put something else there for the tourists. There are plenty of other churches. 18 - 29, Male

I think that it is badly damaged so they should take it down and build it again. If it's broken then it needs to come down. 30 - 59, Female

It's an unsafe building. 30 - 59, Female

For safety reasons they need to release more information about the structure. If it is repaired, for example, how sturdy it will be. If we can save it, we should. Is it more important to save lives or the building? 18  29, Female

I think it's unsafe, and the ground underneath it is unsafe. It's going to be too expensive to replicate it. I'm not a religious person. There is no reason to keep it because it's a church. 30 - 59, Male

If it's dangerous then rebuild it to a better safety standard. 18 - 29, Female

It is a dangerous building and not going to be used. It serves no purpose. 30 - 59, Female

It's going to cost a fortune to rebuild it. I am not religious. 30 - 59, Male

It is too damaged. 30 - 59, Male

If it's dangerous it should not be restored. 60+, Male

I think there's too much cost involved and that could be used for many other things including people and resources. 30 - 59, Female

I don't have any strong feelings about it. 30 - 59, Female

Lots of people wouldn't have been killed if we had taken down buildings after the September earthquake. 30  59, Female

It is time to make a new start. 18 - 29, Male

We need to move on. 30 - 59, Male

I do think we should go with the cardboard cathedral instead of rebuilding the Cathedral. 30 - 59, Female

It's not safe and too expensive to rebuild. A lot of other people have no homes and they should get that money. Toilets and important things like that should come first. 30 - 59, Female

It is too dangerous. 30 - 59, Male

I don't think it's ever going to be back as it was. We should build a new one. 30 - 59, Female

It is too old. 30 - 59, Male

It should be safety first. I don't agree with a cardboard one. 30 - 59, Female

Take it down to a level so it's still an icon, a reminder of the earthquake. They can do something quite good there. Have a few billboards and the spire there. 30 - 59, Male

I don't have a strong opinion. I would love to see it rebuilt but I am realistic. 30 - 59, Male

Knock it over and start again. 30 - 59, Male

We should not demolish the whole thing  we should keep some of it. It's safer to demolish some of it. The ground will always be a bit dodgy. 60+, Female

We should demolish it so far, and then develop it as a memorial to those who died. 60+, Male

It is not the best use of funds. It is just not that relevant. 18 - 29, Male

On a cost basis it is too expensive to fix. I think it needs something new and fresh that doesn't remind people of what happened. 30 - 59, Female

There's too much damage and it wouldn't ever be the same. 30 - 59, Female

I don't think that we have the funds to fix it properly. The Arts Centre is more important as it is more family-oriented. 30 - 59, Female

They have to demolish it in order to rebuild it. As it is, it can't be insured, and no one can go into it because it's a mess. They should start working on a new Cathedral, as the Cathedral is sad as it is. 60+, Female

It is historical and the main point for Christchurch, its heritage. 60+, Female

It needs to be safe at the end of the day. 30 - 59, Female

It's an unsafe building. 30 - 59, Female

We should try and save some of the parts. Don't let the bulldozers do it. 18 - 29, Male

It is an unsafe building. 30 - 59, Male

It has had its time. 30 - 59, Male

We can't afford to do what they want to do. 30 - 59, Male

It is not worth another life. 30 - 59, Female

It should be rebuilt back to how it was. 30 - 59, Male

It should be discussed more, perhaps demolished to a point that makes it safe. 30 - 59, Female

I believe the report given  that structurally it was unsafe. 60+, Male

It is going cost too much money to repair. 30 - 59, Female

They can recycle the materials and rebuild it using them. It should be rebuilt because it is currently unsafe. 30 - 59, Female

Safety of people come first. 18 - 29, Female

We need to change focus to people not buildings. 30 - 59, Male

I've been and had a look at it and it can't stand up to another quake  it is a real mess. 60+, Male

It looks terrible. 60+, Male

It's not a stable building. 30 - 59, Male

I think it's unsafe. 18  29, Female

We should rebuild it if we can, but take it down to a safe level. 60+, Female

It is the Anglican church's decision. 18 - 29, Male

It should be demolished then rebuilt to the appropriate safety standards. 60+, Female

Rebuild it to the earthquake standard so the church goers can be saved on Sunday. 30 - 59, Female

Modern construction should be able to replicate the Cathedral with the same look, using modern and safer materials. 30 - 59, Male

From what I've seen in the media it is too damaged to be saved. 30 - 59, Female

Mother Nature has seen to it, it is a safety issue. 30 - 59, Female

We should knock it down and start again. I wouldn't build the Cathedral where it is now. 30 - 59, Male

It should be brought down to a safe level. It should be the city's decision whether it should be demolished or not. 30 - 59, Male

There are safety issues for it's current and future state. 60+, Female

It's unsafe. 18 - 29, Female

It is just the safety issue. If it doesn't need to be demolished then I would like to see it saved, but it depends on the cost. 30 - 59, Female

What is underneath the foundations is not stable ground. Concerned about the construction, mortar of its time. They could save things, and make a memorial. Due to safety reasons - safety of people. 60+, Female

There are more important things to be done before this. 60+, Female

I don't believe they can make it safe again. I would rather they put a new building there using modern materials. A replica of the old building. 30 - 59, Female

Build a new Cathedral using the fiixtures that can be saved, like the stained glass. 60+, Female

If it's unsafe. No other reason, no strong opinion. 60+, Female

It is absolutely unsafe and it might hurt someone. Rebuild a new Cathedral. 60+, Male

It needs to be rebuilt but any part that can be reused should be. 30 - 59, Female

If it can be saved and be made safe, then it shouldn't be demolished but if it's not practical in any sense then it should be demolished. They should be asking the CHCH people to see what they say. If it was able to be rebuilt then I would support it. 30 - 59, Male

It's unsafe. It needs to be fixed up. That's all. 30 - 59, Male

I had dealings with a very high ranking Christchurch engineer whom I respect in a lot of ways and he has spoken at length about what the structure of the Cathedral is and it's a death trap. I have every confidence that he knows what he is talking about. 60+, Male

It is irreparable. 30 - 59, Female

If it's a danger. It's only a building, people's faith doesn't depend on a building. A building is not the object of people's faith. It is just bricks and mortar, and it's falling down. It is not worth spending heaps of money on it. 30 - 59, Male

It needs to be pulled down. Don't toally rebuild it but save the side walls. 30 - 59, Male

I agree slightly as there really isn't a choice. 30 - 59, Male

It is holding back the opening up of the area. 18 - 29, Male

There are plenty of other churches in the city. They can accommodate anybody who wants to attend. It is a waste of money building a new church. 60+, Male

Too risky to try and save it because of the possiblity there may be future earthquakes. 60+, Male

I would rather money was spent elsewhere. 30 - 59, Female

With the new Cathedral replaced, the existing one should be demolished. 60+, Male

I think that the geotech assessment is that the grounds are not stable enough for it. It's built in materials that reflect a different era and different country. I don't think it's possible to build it to the required earthquake standards. It is not possi 60+, Male

Just from having looked at it on an open day - I saw how broken it looked. The engineers' reports indicate that. 30 - 59, Female

For the huge expense of rebuilding, and saving salvaging, it's better to start with something brand new and safer for the future. 60+, Female

It is not safe as it is at the moment. 60+, Female

The cost for the amount of people using it versus those that do not use it. The comparison of cost is way out of proportion to resurrect it. The money could be well spent on helping other households or towards sports centres that many people could use. 30 - 59, Male

The reports from EQC say it's not safe. 30 - 59, Male

The Cathedral isn't a big issue for me, it's not a big deal to me. 30 - 59, Female

I don't see the usefulness of the building. 18 - 29, Male

I think that money can better spent elsewhere instead of rebuilding. It would be better to meet the needs of the people of Christchurch 30 - 59, Female

I don't see the point of throwing money at something that is wrecked. We need to get over it. 30 - 59, Female

It's one building, and I don't think that one building should be singled out for one religion. If we had to pick one building to save, the Cathedral is not one that serves the whole community. 30 - 59, Female

I think it's a building which is not as usable now as it once was. 60+, Female

If they could save bits, but not at a huge cost. 30 - 59, Female

I believe it's unsafe if they say that then it has to go, and we have to start again. Why spend millions when as can rebuild at the same time. 60+, Male

Safety. 30 - 59, Female

There are lots of other priorities, for example, to get people into houses. 30 - 59, Female

It's up to the church. 30 - 59, Female

Love the Cathedral, but is it safe? 60+, Female

They will never be able to fix it properly as the ground is unsafe and it will just come down in the future. 60+, Female

Just because it's so damaged. I don't want to see it go, but it has to because we can't risk lives just for heritage reasons. 30 - 59, Female

I'd rather see that people were safe. I love the Cathedral but I need to know it is safe for your children. 30 - 59, Female

It's gone beyond the repair stage. 30 - 59, Male

It is unsafe and costly to rebuild, and not a top priority. 60+, Male

The building is not safe. 30 - 59, Female

It's unsafe and people died there. 30 - 59, Female

It's an old building that can be rebuilt. Other things are more important. 18 - 29, Male

Reasons from those who agree that the Christ Church Cathedral should not be demolished:

It's quite cool, once its gone we cannot get it back. 18 - 29, Male

It is the heart of Christchurch and what is a city without its heart? 18 - 29, Male

It is iconic, it's the only historic building left in Christchurch. 30 - 59, Male

It is a landmark. 18 - 29, Male

It's a very good tourist attraction and it's always been a Canterbury icon. 18 - 29, Male

It's our icon and for me it's Christchurch. 18 - 29, Male

A really lovely old building and should be rebuilt where it is and as close to how it was. 18 - 29, Male

It's unsafe and we can remember it in our own way. 18 - 29, Male

It's an icon of Christchurch and without it we're not really Christchurch anymore. 18 - 29, Male

I think a lot of the structure is still there. A cardboard Cathedral is ridiculous. 60+, Female

The Cathedral is the icon of Christchurch. 18 - 29, Female

I like the Cathedral, good central part of Christchurch, people like it. 18 - 29, Female

It should not be demolished until it is going to be rebuilt. Hybrid or otherwise, it's an icon of the city. 18 - 29, Male

It doesn't look very safe and costly to rebuild. 30 - 59, Female

I want it to be there emotionally but it will be too costly to keep. 18 - 29, Female

The Cathedral is Christchurch. There are options to save it. 18 - 29, Female

There was no transparency over the decision, it should be the peoples choice. 30 - 59, Female

It should stay up, city was built around it. 18 - 29, Male

It should be left as a memorial, as it is, for Christchurch people and tourism. An integrated museum
built around it. 30 - 59, Female

We should retain it in its state at moment for the people of Christchurch. 60+, Female

It is a symbol of Christchurch and New Zealand. 18 - 29, Female

I think it's an important landmark. 18 - 29, Male

It's the heart of Christchurch. I spent a lot of time there. 18 - 29, Male

It's the landmark of Christchurch - has been here longer than most of us. Nothing else. 18 - 29,
Male

Unless it's unsafe and can't be fixed up. 30 - 59, Male

All the funds are in place, so it could be saved - should use them. It's iconic. 30 - 59, Male

It is the most important heritage left in city... 30 - 59, Male

I think the Cathedral is a focal point of Christchurch and it should be retained in its current state. 30 -
59, Male

I think it should be rebuilt, it's iconic for people outside New Zealand. 30 - 59, Male

It's the icon of Christchurch. 30 - 59, Female

It's part of the city. It's the icon of Christchurch. 18 - 29, Male

It's an iconic building that could be kept. 30 - 59, Male

It's the face of Christchurch, that can't be replaced. 30 - 59, Male

We need some of our past in our future. 30 - 59, Female

The cost would be more economical to rebuild it. 60+, Female

It's iconic, the heart of the city. 30 - 59, Female

It's the symbol of Christchurch. 30 - 59, Male

We need some memories of the old Christchurch. We are losing so much. The Catholic Cathedral
should also be saved. 30 - 59, Female

It is sad to see it gone. I believe in restoration if possible, as long as it is safe. 60+, Male

It's our heritage. 30 - 59, Male

The only part that's damaged is the front tower and that can be fixed. 30 - 59, Male

It is important for Christchurch. Most tourists come to visit the Cathedral... it is a tourist attraction.
18 - 29, Female

I think it's a huge part of our face to the world. The Barbados Street church should rank as important
as it is, but it's ignored by everybody, but it is stunning. 30 - 59, Female

It is a wonderful building that can be rebuilt. 60+, Female

It's iconic and there is some way of structurally saving it. 30 - 59, Male

I'd like to see it left as a ruin. 30 - 59, Female

It's an iconic building. It should be restored, like in Europe. 60+, Male

The reports, if made public earlier, would have meant people were better informed. The secrecy
surrounding information about it has upset people. It is the Anglicans decision but would of been
nice for people to have the opportunity to have their say. 30 - 59, Female

It has too much spiritual impact. 18 - 29, Male

It is our only landmark bringing people into Christchurch. Why could it not have been left in a semidemolished
state to become a place for tourists and a memorial for those who died? 30 - 59, Male

It's a Canterbury icon. 30 - 59, Male

It is very confusing as the experts are saying that it can be saved but CERA says no. If it can be saved
it would be good. 30 - 59, Female

It's a Christchurch icon. 18 - 29, Male

It can be made safe with modern techniques. 30 - 59, Female

It's a shame that it can't be saved. 30 - 59, Female

I think that they should rebuild it where they can. It's the best tourist attraction for Christchurch and
without it we won't be the same. 18 - 29, Female

It's an icon. 18 - 29, Male

I don't want it to come down. 30 - 59, Female

It's an icon and we should make every effort to save it. 30 - 59, Male

It is important part of the central city, it is an iconic building. I have a sentimental attachment to the
Cathedral. I don't like empty space. 30 - 59, Female

It's such an icon and been there forever, and how Christchurch is seen by the rest of the world. 18 -
29, Female

They should try to keep this heritage building. The Cathedral is one of the most important buildings.
It is iconic and keeps the city together. 60+, Female

There's only one Cathedral like it in the country. They should leave the Cathedral as it is until it can be repaired and, when money becomes available, rebuild it then. Tourists look forward to the Cathedral being restored. They are too hasty in demolish 30 - 59, Male

When you head overseas castles and churches are tourist magnets. 30 - 59, Male

Let it be kept as a ruin, as they do in Rome. 18 - 29, Female

It's a landmark and we would be lost without it. 30 - 59, Male

I understand the risks but I think it could be saved. 30 - 59, Female

On the list of things it is not a priority, but if it can be saved then let's keep it. We should trust expert
opinions. 30 - 59, Male

It would be worth repairing and we have the skills. 30 - 59, Female

It is not just a religious building, it is a part of our history. Tourists come to see it. 60+, Male

It is iconic and we should follow other global precedents. 30 - 59, Male

It's too special to lose. 30 - 59, Male

It's our heart and soul. It is a piece of our heritage that we can't afford to lose. 30 - 59, Female

It's a part of our culture. 30 - 59, Male

It is the icon of the city and a lot more thought needs to be given to how it can be saved. There are
conflicting thoughts. It feels like someone has an agenda on the church. I would like more
consultation with the people in general as it is a symbolic b 30 - 59, Female

It is an icon and they shouldn't be thinking about demolishing it. They should be thinking about
saving it first. 30 - 59, Male

It has a lot of value for Christchurch, including historical and sentimental values. It is a place for
people to come together. 18 - 29, Male

How dangerous is it? We have been told two different stories. 60+, Male

I don't think it should be demolished. 18 - 29, Female

I am not informed enough. I would like to see it saved. 18 - 29, Female

If it will not be too expensive then partially restore it as a monument to the city. 60+, Female

Why can't they dissemble and reassemble it? 30 - 59, Male

I think that other things are more important. 30 - 59, Female

It's unsafe. 60+, Female

It should come down, but it should be left as a ruin. It shouldn't be totally demolished. The best way
that people could remember the Cathedral, the best way for it to be remembered, is as a lovely ruin
in a central part of the city. 60+, Female

It's irreplaceable. It has to stay as Christchurch was, it has to be similar to what it was like. All of the
opinions say that we have lost almost everything else, so we need to save the Cathedral. 60+, Female

We don't have enough information. 30 - 59, Male

It's just so everything about CHCH and until it's gone then you don't realise that. It's so central in the
heart of the city so we have to retain it and fix it up. It's important to me, personally. 30 - 59,
Female

We are called 'Christchurch.' It is our symbol of the city. There are ways to save it. Why have they
just knocked down the church instead of numbering the stones like the Catholic Basilica? 60+,
Female

It is so much a part of Christchurch...it can be saved. 30 - 59, Male

I think it is the most important building we have had. 60+, Female

It is the heart of our city. Without the heart nothing can strive. It is a Christchurch icon. 30 - 59,
Female

They should take bits down stone by stone, like the Catholic Bascilica. 60+, Female

It can be rebuilt to the best they can do. 30 - 59, Female,

Engineers say that it can be rebuilt, according to The Press, so let's rebuild. 30 - 59, Female

It's a focal point building that we should preserve if we can. 30 - 59, Male

I hate to see it go, I'd like to see it rebuilt to look the same. 60+, Male

Every opportunity should be taken to restore it. It's not just for the church people but for the
community. 30 - 59, Male

If it's going to be unsafe then it should come down but if it could be saved safely then it definitely
should be. Lives are more important than a building, but would love to see it stay if possible. 60+,
Female

Rebuild the Cathedral. 30 - 59, Female

Is is the Christchurch landmark. 18 - 29, Female

If it can be rebuilt, it should be rebuilt. 30 - 59, Male

It's our heart. It's what we are named after. We will become 'no church' city. I think that some of it
should be rebuilt and act as a memorial for all those that died. All of our streets lead from the square
out... something needs to be salvaged from the 30 - 59, Female

It appears to be fixable. It is one of a kind. 30 - 59, Male

It is able to be rebuilt. I'd prefer it to be rebuilt back to its original state. 30 - 59, Male

Wait and get all expert opinions. They are acting far too quickly to demolish it. 60+, Female

It is part of our heritage and could and should be repaired. 30 - 59, Female

If it can't be restored it should be left as a lasting memorial. 30 - 59, Male

They should have blocked it off, left it, and thought about what to do in the future. 60+, Female

It is an iconic building ... funding has been received over the years - the public have invested heavily
in it. 60+, Male

If there is a chance it can be restored safely then it should be done. 30 - 59, Male

If there is a risk of someone being injured then it should go. They should leave it as a tourist
attraction. 60+, Female

It's an icon that we can restore and should where possible. 18 - 29, Female

It's the Anglican church's decision. If it's cheap then fix or rebuild it. 30 - 59, Male

It's the symbol of our town. 30 - 59, Male

I know that the front of it looks really bad. The rest of it looks okay (I attended an open day). Some
stone mason group from Europe or England has offered to come over and fix it, and lend their
expertise. We are losing so many heritage buildings. People 30 - 59, Female

I think they need to make every effort to rebuild it. It's disappointing to use the term deconstruction,
they need to rebuild it to as close as possible to as it was originally. 30 - 59, Male

The decision has been based on financial facts rather than real views. 60+, Male

It is an iconic building for Christchurch. 30 - 59, Female

It is an iconic building, the city heartbeat. 30 - 59, Male

They demolish building unnecessarily. 30 - 59, Male

It has to be made safe, but keep it in its current state and use. Use St Michaels church. 60+, Male

It is the biggest landmark in the city - it is what makes us special. 30 - 59, Male

There are people in Italy who can fix Cathedrals and we should have them here. 60+, Female

It's an iconic building for our city. 60+, Male

It is a landmark, and it is the Cathedral in the Square. If it is dangerous, it will have to come down.
Landmark of Canterbury. 60+, Female

It takes too long to demolish, to rebuild. 18 - 29, Male

I think the walls of certain parts of the Cathedral are still ok. Leave part of it as it is and don't
demolish it completely. 60+, Female

It's an icon of Christchurch. It's a focal point for Cantabrians, and it epitomises the heritage and
history of Christchurch. It's a beautiful building. 30 - 59, Female

It is a Christchurch icon. If the church do not want it then it should be handed to the people of
Christchurch. It is a heritage building. 30 - 59, Male

It's Christchurch, it's our heritage, our central focus point, something the whole city loves. 30 - 59,
Female

A Christchurch icon. 30 - 59, Female

Not enough investigation been done yet. 60+, Female

Until it can be decided whether the Cathedral can be saved or not. 30 - 59, Female

I believe that it belongs more than just to the Anglican Church, it's a symbol of our city. We all have a
part in it. 30 - 59, Female

I think it can be fixed. I don't think that money should be wasted on the cardboard Cathedral. 60+,
Female

It's the heart of Christchurch. 30 - 59, Female

I don't think there's been enough investigation to see what other options there are in regards to a
rebuild. 30 - 59, Male

It attracts tourists into the city. It is a Christchurch icon. 30 - 59, Female

It identifies Christchurch so we need to keep it. It's iconic, like the World Trade Center. 30 - 59,
Female

I have informed information. 60+, Male

It's an icon built by out forefathers, it's something that Christchurch needs. It's the centre stone of
Christchurch. 60+, Female

It should not be demolished as subsequent information indicates that it can be restored safely and
strongly. It is iconic for Christchurch and is a unique and beautiful building. 60+, Female

Ever since I have known Christchurch it's where ChristChurch is. It is an icon. 18 - 29, Male

I think it is such an iconic building and part of our soul so we should do all we can to save it. 60+,
Male

I have seen old and new Christchurch from nothing to what is today. It's what can be left behind for
children to enjoy. It is important as a place to visit. The concept is not so important, a building can be
replaced. 30 - 59, Male

It's an icon, a tourist attraction. I don't like to think of anything else in the square. 60+, Male

I used to live in town. It's a strong point for the city. Not all matters have been discussed fully in the
public arena. A strong focal point for the city. It would be a strong way to bring people back into the
city. It's a strong point for local and 18 - 29, Female

It could be knocked down but should be rebuilt on the same site, and to the same design except to
modern earthquake proof strength. 60+, Male

It can be rebuilt with what is still there. 30 - 59, Male

There are Maori grave sites there. 30 - 59, Male

It's a part of Christchurch and people come from all over the world to see it. It's part of our history.
18 - 29, Female

Reasons from those who would be prepared to pay an additional local government levy or tax to save Christ Church Cathedral:

It is the heart of the city, we need to show the earthquake has not defeated us. 18 - 29, Male

If it means saving the Cathedral I would do all I could. 18 - 29, Male

It's towards a good cause and I would help save it. 18 - 29, Male

That's how we can save the Cathedral and have it returned. 18 - 29, Female

Maybe that's how we can keep the Cathedral, if it's safe. 18 - 29, Female

I am passionate about the building. 18 - 29, Male

I think it's an important landmark. 18 - 29, Male

I want to see it there in the future. 18 - 29, Male

It depends how much, the Anglicans should be paying more. Lots been donated. 18 - 29, Female

It depends on the amount. $300 a year from taxpayers would be a fair amount. 30 - 59, Male

It's a vital part of the identity of the city. It's important to the city to carry on, and to be a tourist
destination. 30 - 59, Male

If it has to be then go for it, but if there are other options then the option should be considered first.
30 - 59, Male

It depends on the amount... $100 a year would be acceptable. 30 - 59, Male

It belongs to the people. 30 - 59, Male

All of New Zealand should help and pay equally. 30 - 59, Male

It's worth saving. 30 - 59, Female

A lot of people come here to see it. 30 - 59, Male

It's part of our heritage. 30 - 59, Female

It will help them and our community. 30 - 59, Male

It's an iconic building that will bring tourists. 30 - 59, Female

If they can save it, I would give willingly, that's us. 30 - 59, Male

It's our face to the world. 30 - 59, Female

No comment. 60+, Male

I would support any initiative. It's iconic. If we can preserve it then we should support it but if there's
no other way I am happy to support any rebuild. 30 - 59, Female

Depending on the plan and the cost. 60+, Male

It's a monumental building. 18 - 29, Male

No comment. 30 - 59, Male

As long as it's not too much then that's fine. 30 - 59, Male

I think it is a Christchurch icon. 30 - 59, Female

As long as it is not too much. Where are all the donations that have been made to the Cathedral? 30
- 59, Female

As above - it's a Christchurch icon. 18 - 29, Male

As long as it is minimal. It is good for tourism, no other reason. 30 - 59, Female

The church didn't insure itself and we need to help them because it is an iconic building. 30 - 59,
Female

It's a big part of Christchurch city and needs to be there. Everyone living in Christchurch should help
out. 18 - 29, Male

We need to save it if we can. 18 - 29, Female

Of course, depending on the amount. 30 - 59, Female

It is very hard, so many calls on the purse. 60+, Male

Only if the donation is a once off. New Zealand is wealthy enough to help out. 30 - 59, Male

It's an icon of Christchurch. It's the thing in the middle of our city. Everything revolves around this. It's an icon that needs to stay. 30 - 59, Male

The experts seem to think it can be saved so save it. 30 - 59, Male

It's worth it. 30 - 59, Female

It was insured and is not that expensive compared to other projects. 60+, Male

I would pay a little bit more. 30 - 59, Male

We have to all do our bit to secure our history for our children and the future. 30 - 59, Female

They need the funds to fix it. 30 - 59, Male

I think it is important to save it and personally compel to help out. 30 - 59, Female

Most people would as well. It's worth saving. There are ways to raise money without expecting the
taxpayers to pay. 30 - 59, Male

It's part of our heritage, it is a Christchurch icon. 18 - 29, Female

It is good value for Christchurch. 18 - 29, Male

It is worth saving. 18 - 29, Female

I think it would be good for the city. The money has to come from somewhere, if it's going to be
rebuilt. 30 - 59, Female

If it is the right thing to do. 60+, Female

The trademark of the city is the Cathedral. The city should own it if we do it up. 30 - 59, Male

As long as it is structurally sound. 30 - 59, Female

Everybody would have to help. If you feel strongly about keeping it, you should be prepared to help.
60+, Female

It would be according to the engineers' reports - it would have to be a valid reason. We can't make a
decision. 60+, Male

No comment. 30 - 59, Male

Where has the money that was donated from overseas gone??? Where is that??? 60+, Female

Only if it could safely be saved. 30 - 59, Male

No comment. 30 - 59, Male

Depends how much it's considered to be iconic, it is Christchurch. 30 - 59, Male

It is important to save it. 30 - 59, Female

You would have to pay. We the locals would have to pay. It's a heritage building - we've grown up
with it. 60+, Female

I would if I could go to it as a memorial. 60+, Male

I disagree with it being pulled down. 30 - 59, Female

It is our history from day one. The history behind it is vital to the rebuild. 30 - 59, Female

It is a symbol of Christchurch and it's better than a cardboard Cathedral. 30 - 59, Male

Within reason. We have been burdened enough with tax and rate increases since the earthquakes.
60+, Male

Provided it was an asset for the public, not just the church. 30 - 59, Male

It depends on how much. I like the Cathedral, and it's a central part of our city. I used to be a teacher
at Cathedral Grammar School. The Cathedral is quite an important heritage building. 60+, Female

It depends on the amount. If it was a small amount I would consider it. 60+, Female

I like the architecture. We should use the remaining church as a tourist attraction, if no one would
get hurt. 30 - 59, Female

It is an iconic building for Christchurch. 30 - 59, Male

I would be, but I don't think we should. The churches have enough money. 30 - 59, Female

I would like to see it saved 30 - 59, Male

If it is reasonable 30 - 59, Male

No comment. 60+, Female

Depending on how much. 30 - 59, Male

It is a Christhchurch icon. 30 - 59, Female

Provided it is reasonable. 30 - 59, Female

No comment. 60+, Male

If it could be saved. 60+, Female

I want to see it restored if we can save it. 18 - 29, Female

I think it is too great a building not to save. 30 - 59, Male

As long as it was a reasonable cost. It would have to be clear what the money would be used for. From a personal viewpoint it worries me that the Town Hall will go. The Buskers Festival was held in the Square. The Cathedral Square was a gathering place. 30 - 59, Female

If they could save it 18 - 29, Male

Yes, if it was to help rebuild the existing Cathedral. 30 - 59, Male

Would like to see the Cathedral retained, otherwise we will no longer be the Cathedral City. 60+,
Male

This building is important to the city. 30 - 59, Male

If I had the money. 30 - 59, Male

Does the Cathedral square play a large part? The Cathedral is/was Christhcurch. 60+, Male

It depends on how much. 30 - 59, Male

I'd put in as much as I can afford to save it. 60+, Female

It should be paid for via rates and it's a community icon that we have to save if we can. 60+, Male

I am prepared to put into a fund if the Cathedral can be rebuilt (it has a lot to do with the land). Replace it with another new building if the ground is suitable to be built on. I still don't know the answers to a lot of questions. 60+, Male

I believe if we want to save things that we like, then we have to support the organisations to help
them to do it. 30 - 59, Male

I think that we should have a Cathedral in the middle of the city. I'm an Anglican, and I would be
prepared to pay. 30 - 59, Male

Money has to come from somewhere, and happy to chip in. 60+, Female

It's a valuable asset for Christchurch. 30 - 59, Female

It is important as the founding of Christchurch. 30 - 59, Male

I think it's important for our heritage. 30 - 59, Female

As long as it is affordable. 30 - 59, Female

It's our heritage, it's Christchurch. 60+, Male

I think that it's very important to the morale of the city. 30 - 59, Female

Our rates are going up. As long as it wasn't too hard on the pensioners. 60+, Female

It is part of every person in Christchurch. It's our history. 30 - 59, Female

Only if money was put aside for the Catholic Cathedral. 30 - 59, Male

It is an icon and I feel an attachment to the building. 30 - 59, Female

I believe that we need it. 30 - 59, Female

It is an iconic building. 60+, Male

I would if I was in a financial position to be able to. 60+, Female

We don't know how much it would cost. It depends on what the increase would be as I am on
superannuation. 60+, Female

You've got to put your money where your mouth is. 60+, Male

It's an important focal point for Christchurch as a whole. It should be included in the rebuild of
Christchurch. Nothing else. I can afford to pay it - I rent my house. I can afford to pay a bit extra. 18
- 29, Female

Yes, I would be. 30 - 59, Female, Papanui/ Shirley, In full time paid employment, University degree

It used to be the heart of our town so I want it to be retained. 60+, Male

The Cathedral is part of my life and was there before I was born. 30 - 59, Male

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