Cathedral decision delights Heritage New Zealand


Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is delighted at today’s announcement to restore Christ Church Cathedral, having been involved as an advisor to the Government appointed working party during the decision-making process.

Acting Chief Executive Claire Craig says the restoration will bring significant heritage, economic and social benefits to Christchurch.

“Heritage New Zealand congratulates all parties involved in helping achieve this critical decision.  The Cathedral is an iconic building – an internationally recognised signature for Christchurch.

“Rebuilding the Cathedral will be a significant milestone in the redevelopment of the city.  And with so much heritage lost following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, the recovery of the city’s defining landmark will be welcomed by locals and visitors alike.”

Heritage New Zealand’s Southern Region General Manager, Sheila Watson, provided technical advice to the working party that reviewed the restoration options before making its recommendation to the Government and Church Property Trustees.  

The Cathedral is listed Category 1 with Heritage New Zealand, reflecting its regional, national and international significance.