The future of the Christchurch Cathedral will be decided next month, but the community has been chasing details on the Government’s offer of support, before a decision is made.
In July, the Government made an offer to support the reinstatement of the cathedral, which is expected to cost $104 million.
Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says the government’s latest offer is for an interest-free suspensory loan of $15m and cash contribution of $10m.
“This offer, put together with the support of Christchurch City Council, is designed to bring resolution to a situation that has dragged on for far too long,” Ms Wagner said.
Details on the offer were released yesterday to keep the community informed.
“It’s absolutely vital that Church Property Trustees (CPT) and all 225 members of the Synod are in a position to make an informed decision when they meet in September. It’s also important that the wider community is engaged in the discussion and has access to the same information,” Ms Wagner said.
Work to reinstate the cathedral would include seismic strengthening, the reinstatement of the main building and modernisation of the interior facilities, a replacement tower built in sympathy with the Cathedral, and a new ancillary building to house church support facilities, visitor centre and a cafe.