The project
to reinstate
Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

We are reinstating the iconic Anglican Cathedral, one of New Zealand’s most significant heritage buildings, so that it can once again become a place of worship and community activities.

Opportunity for all of us

Reinstating the Anglican Cathedral, built for the Glory of God and for all people, at the heart of our city – for us and for future generations, is a unique opportunity.

During the February 2011 Canterbury earthquake, in which 185 people died, and many people lost their homes and businesses, the tower of Christ Church Cathedral toppled, damaging the main building.

The reinstated Cathedral will be a place where all can gather and be at home.

It will host friends, strangers, neighbours, tourists and visitors to our city. As the Cathedral comes back to life, it will become a symbol of hope and confidence restored.

 

 

What’s happening on-site?

We’ve been doing a little bit of maintenance work this week (as at 24 May 2019) protecting some of the heritage elements of the Cathedral. There’s been a crane on-site to enable access. Here’s a photo (right) of part of the front wall, near the Western porch, that’s been treated with lime slurry (essentially weather-proofing). It’s not lime coloured 🙂 but is the grey-looking paste that’s on top of the wall. This work will be wrapped up in the next couple of days.

 

 

 

Opportunity for all of us
Exciting changes

Exciting changes

"I look forward to us worshipping God in this great reinstated Cathedral, and to seeing it welcome visitors to the centre of our city. It is an immensely important building and it is wonderful that we are unified on the pathway to its reinstatement."

The Ven. Dr Peter Carrell
Bishop
Thriving Place

Thriving Place

"I am excited that the Cathedral will once again be a thriving place of Christian worship, where everyone can gather and be at home.
It will be a place where strangers and neighbours, friends and foreigners can come together, and where all can experience the love, peace, and presence of God."

Dean Lawrence Kimberley
Lifetime Opportunity

Lifetime Opportunity

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to reinstate one of New Zealand’s iconic buildings. Like many Cantabrians, I look forward to one day seeing the Cathedral standing proudly again at the very heart of Christchurch."

Hon Dr Megan Woods
Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration
Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul

"Christ Church Cathedral is literally the heart and soul of our city. Its reinstatement will breathe new life into Cathedral Square, both preserving an important part of our heritage as a city and enabling investment in the area to proceed with certainty."

Mayor Lianne Dalziel
Mayor of Christchurch