Project overview


To reinstate Christ Church Cathedral, this Whare Karakia Nui, to the glory of God, as an awe-inspiring symbol of life, regeneration and healing, and as a testament to what can be achieved by people working together.



We are transforming a Cathedral from the 19th Century for the next century.  The reinstated Cathedral will look similar but be safer, more functional, more flexible and more comfortable.  There are five phases.

  • During the Pre-construction phase, the focus was on fully exploring the constraints and opportunities.  There was also considerable design work for the stabilisation phase.
  • The project is now in the Cathedral Stabilisation phase, where physical work begins.  Site offices will be established and work to stabilise the Cathedral will progressively get underway.
  • The next milestone is the Cathedral Strengthening and Reinstatement phase.  This involves installing the new seismic frame, reinstating the walls and installing a new foundation and floor system complete with base isolation.
  • The last stages are expected to be the Ancillary Buildings and Tower.

The project is expected to take between 7 and 10 years.


Project team

The reinstatement of Christ Church Cathedral is being delivered by the charitable company Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited (CCRL). It has two equal shareholders – Church Property Trustees (CPT) and Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Trust (CCRT).  Working together, they create a solid foundation for reinstatement.

  • Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited (CCRL). Read the Director biographies.
  • Church Property Trustees (CPT) owns the Cathedral on behalf of the Christchurch Anglican Diocese. Read the Trustee biographies.
  • Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Trust (CCRT) is an independent trust established by the Crown to raise the anticipated shortfall in funding and oversee the use of public funds. Read the Trustee biographies.


Key partners and supporters

The project would not be possible without the generous support of the Government, Christchurch City Council, donation pledges from the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust (GCBT) and other donors and supporters.