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The different fates of Christchurch's Catholic and Anglican cathedrals

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The different fates of Christchurch's Catholic and Anglican cathedrals

"Yeah this is. A tale of two cathedrals it's a story the of two bishops a tragedy and even a prince this more than one battle in this long saga and only one of the Cathedral's has a happy ending. You've got the two main cathedrals Anglican and Catholic. Dr Anna Crichton his historic places out. Your we meeting. Outside Christ's stooge Anglican Cathedral in Cathedral Square on the day Prince Charles visits and becomes a patron of the rebuild like mini. Ns fought hard for for the spiltting and eventually they won. It'll be restored at a cost of one hundred four million dollars just a few blocks away as the Catholic cathedral of the blessed sacrament. Its future looked safe until a few months ago it will now be deconstructed and a new one built so it's a story. Three of two cathedrals and that's the story of two bishops and it's a story off the aftermath of the largest natural disaster to new Sheila. Jeanne both was severely damaged by the earthquakes and the aftershocks the fates were in the hands of the bishops will visit. Is it the classical Catholic cathedral shortly. But it's the Gothic Anglican one that has been debated delayed and deeply divisive the cathedral asset desolate since the two thousand living quake in the Anglican church in the heritage groups of white water over. Its future ever since the crumbling building fenced off and propped up by metal. It'll starts right in the middle of the city. Now there are three options on the table restore the old building demolish and build something new or gift the building to the see what happened with the Christ Church Cathedral while state took us even. Es of fighting to get to the stage where it was great to be restored in a nice even years. We hit a recalcitrant bishop who was really really came and for it to be demolished. Bishop Victoria Matthews has always said the building has no significant heritage and cities people are more important gene thousand earthquakes. Quake have shaken us and what we thought we were about the greatest energy seven to eight years on is invested in an attempt. I'm to restore business as usual politicians for more interested in getting elected and keeping up on the Poles. Then actually actually assisting people on the east side of town so the outcry from the public was because Christ Church Cathedral troll is not only the scene to pace of Cathedral Square and ask such a better icon definitely not a new on the traditional in the history of these cathedrals angels you know you need to restore them for sure. And I'm almost in tears because it's just so sad youth smoothing offender it missing it history said is it. Leave it as it is and it's just the reason why the Anglican community was built so for seven years. He is the cross stitch. Public have been fighting against the misinformation that it was beyond repair that it was dangerous. They can't afford to repair it. It's an exciting opportunity to build a new cathedral and it would take too long to restore anyway and the other argument was that the case look cathedral as far more spectacular building so gone restore that one I mean huge amounts as is being printed and resonant talked to pat either this even years. Lisa's to the eight atop priciest rallies. Different groups fighting for it. You know it really was a very long story. The Great Cross Stitch Buildings Trust with the ones that hate the most path because they hid Germain Inform Impedes Jim Anderson in follow up version fighting for the restriction of this cathedral through the government the crown nor office. And everybody else so I want it was setting. The oldest fighting was going on a major offer was made from the community to pay for and with a proof Casado of the cathedral that's open. That's the western facade are open to the All the way this huge gape there and into the offer nor charge nor cost to the church or the community would rise the funds fishy five thousand. Hasn't done for an engineer to cover the gap to stop the millions of pigeons. That have been in the IVA waters now nine years. This offer was tuned down by the Bishop. Also we hit an offer from the worship phone company of glaziers and painters of glass in London. It's one of really really old guilds and England say seen seen somebody out here and I offered to restore all the stained glass windows in the Cathedral that was also tuned down but it wasn't until two thousand seventeen that on after consultation with the Senate the Anglicans Senate in knife I should site to site yes to restore. There was money granted from the crush city council ten million dollars and matched by the government. Sorry sorry they call it over the line to say you can't sign now. It's going to cost too much. Repeat so what was the insurance money and these krantz the restriction was short today. Really is a Diab- celebration for Christ's ditch at it. The way where we can move on and reinstate voting that really does mean so much to not any questions but the people these days and now it's going hit but cassim between teammates. We nearly two years later and nothing's changed well. It doesn't look as though it's changed range but it's being cleaned out nicest. Pigeons are still sitting out there having a great fury of HR right truce going to be visiting today and Typing working on plans in engineering feasability studies over it. Sort of thing costings. They actually have to sit down there. Once they climb once the Ikea to proceed came in two thousand seventeen by hit to see Trafficing inquiry fundraising Construction old is sorts of things to be able to tune round in cyb right. We stores clean adamant all the way through that. This must happen. Absolute could you know. Could you see the viewpoint all could just say argument. Now I couldn't for the simple reason they insurance money was forty million dollars and they the bishop from my understanding understanding and teen to build a new cathedral for forty million dollars you not cathedral that would be something to be proud. Add of for forty million dollars. The seem to point of cross-stitch so now living room here I think that people outside of Christ church maybe find that difficult coke to understand particularly those who think that's not very attractive building. Well it's not a very attractive. Now Ah let's actually very beautiful few a few look at the detailing in just not look at it as a building and actually studied the detaining. It's very it's exquisite it it's really exquisite externally and generally there is a document proceeded by the Great Cross Stitch Buildings Trust in two thousand and fifteen to the government with an objective of C Smith for the recovery of the Cross Stitch Cathedral and as they rightly pointed into that it's a symbol of strength for the people of the city so this document was for the consideration of the Crown Office and government. It starts off with the important seasons that the Cross Stitch Cathedral spiritual cultural and civic class of the city and AH it's a wise being there and provided inspiration for the city and its people it is a community civic cathedral as well as being a hi Anglicans and because we're not as crush city councillor. I was a naked fedral when the Dalai Lama was speaking and was quite wonderful in these different people from all over the world would come in speak an angel so it was a really a really inspirational community cathedral for everybody Mesa. What religion you where there's pain also? It's the paper joining in to get it restored and put back the way it was It's symbolic of a whole range of things which are cultural which have spiritual significance sandwich method to people surveys of the hot. We're doing this Recovery of Cathedral as part of the overall recovery of the city from the trauma of quakes. Fedral wasn't recovered covered. You could argue that. The city of Christchurch would never recovered memory site interesting story one of the things that the people across looking to and and starting to save Bill. They'll be generation of children who will grow up watching a cathedral being built in the square and that will be quite something special for them so when it looked like that you know the Cathedral was going to be pulled down. What was the point where it looked things? Look most hopeless for the cathedral throw. It looks nice to hype. Plus we at was was put members of the Senate of the Anglican Church and they were following following the bishops wish an away and the appreciate to be portal on the Bishop to restore this cathedral because they saw previously said she wanted a new one in of course the true and faithful. We're being loyal to push up so in the early days it was a real struggle to get to get the message across but finally finally and two two thousand fifteen the government appointed I may dia Ta and a working great now. Strew that mediation it started getting lakes getting traction. And when it was put to the final Senate for the answer thy seat will for striking feel ecstatic. Yeah so witness. That witness work done to begin on that. Well as far as to why we're has begun because I've started clearing chance and I've started cleaning it up. I hate to think how much coach you know it'll be it'll be Mesa's date and Leah. But they can be removed and be restored quite easily decide. What have we got a date for when it's going to be about eighteen years? So we're Jason you'll pay at the center of the special or there are a number of people. It can't possibly be one champion for such a big exercise. Many many people have been involved Kamini people at all levels. That's been huge. Bishop Victoria Matthews resigned in two thousand eighteen some months after the Senate overall all to plans to demolish the cathedral in regrets. I think early on. I probably should have gone to the people who are screaming the loudest and saying we can't do this way. Let's let's talk. We kept saying we were going to do that. And then there'd be another lawsuit and never happened. I wish I'd gotten in before one of those lawsuits who those people you're talking about. I'M NOT GONNA name names teams of groups at all heritage people who cared about the reinstatement for the Cathedral. But I'm not getting into names. His heart is not personal. Well the Basal over Christ Church Cathedral Rage. The fate of the other cathedral seemed safe Okay what have we got here. And we've got the Cathedral of sacrament and Barbados Straight assist. This I pay P. E. T. R. A. architecturally designed voting known by historic architects is one of the most beautiful cokie drills in the Southern Hemisphere. What's leafed sits in ruins only eastern outskirts of the city? It's out by Roman pillows with two concrete angels. He was perched up high and the mosaic face of Jesus on the window of the entrance door is obviously a category one here which New Zealand and catergory everyone cross city council district plane badly damaged in the earthquake but not so much as to for the need for it to be demolished to the point that the bishop time but Barry joins decided that it would be restored. What what he could do and the engineers great he could restore the knife in mothball? The wrist to be restored as funds allowed the cost of restoring. It was estimated at one hundred. Fifty million dollars was all cleared the rubble Stein's were all earmarked case is logged in life would push on pellets. And an offside for storage ready to bake and so the restriction. The dime was left it off because the white of was pushing the wolves out and they saw and tate in can be put back. Sorry everything was fine up until two thousand and sixteen and in two thousand sixteen Bush airy joins dodd. Sorry this is we. The Knicks special comes in because the Catholic Church does not have a Senate. The bishop pays the final say so the new Bishop Paul Masson he comes on we are not going to restore it. We're going to build a new cathedral facial and we're trying to build at here. We're going to build it in the city. This is a significant in sad moment. Francis Catholic people in firm Kamini paper on Christ itch for homeless really beautiful building and I want to acknowledge that. And and say Yeah my hyper said if we go we build we. We build something that is beautiful in in in speaks of golden the things that we want to achieve in the Cathedral this fun under the section enthusiast. Emergency Pass hit authority for it. To be demolished not demolished deconstructed the differences in state of putting a bowl on smashing then casting rabble that they take it down. Steinbi- Stein one diaper when Dr and and keep parts of full the new cathedral so we as for cuts for heritage. You're on the back foot we've allowed into this fo seats of security that it was going to be saved and then rush at the last minute. That's not sorry so at such a challenge that I'm afraid despite my be stiff. It's in the group that time convenient for we just can't I can't see airway clear to be able to save it. How does it make you feel it makes me feel thoroughly thoroughly disillusioned like you said you were blindsided estate? Why hasn't been such a big deal as well? Who Do you go? She is only one person his the final signed China and Russia looks so ugly now with size shipping containers. Yeah stuck out the side and you know. The God and I've Agron so what what is going to happen now. deconstructed you Anglican but does the case let cathedral measure to you as much as the Anglican while it's it's not about religion it's about here to an SOBAT ACA teacher in. It's about the beauty of our teacher. That's the detail today. I'm Sharon Break Kelly. The data is brought to you by newsroom. Dot Coaching seed made possible by the Irene seed inside on on and ovation fund hit this. Subscribe Button to stay across the detail every day. And if you're on April please leave a rating as it helps other listeners. Find US this episode beside was engineered by Jeremy Veal and produced by Alexia Russell. Thanks to Dr Anna Crichton and this is the Christ Church Cathedral choir singing and live on. RNC's Nunes Program

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