The Cathedral’s future was the focus of public debate and litigation between heritage groups and the Anglican Church, which led to the Crown stepping in to facilitate negotiations. Ultimately, in 2017 it was agreed the Cathedral would be reinstated with financial support from the New Zealand Government, Christchurch City Council and key individual donors.
Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Act 2017
Part of the Government’s support was the introduction and enactment of the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Act 2017. The Act recognises the Cathedral's contribution to cultural, social and economic wellbeing in Christchurch, its importance to Christchurch's regeneration, and its heritage value. It enables the Government to make Orders in Council that grant exemptions from, modify, or extend the provisions of certain enactments for the purpose of facilitating the rebuild of the Cathedral.
Order in Council
On 24 August 2020, the Government approved the first Order in Council. This Order modifies the Resource Management Act 1991 (the RMA) to streamline the resource consent process for the reinstatement of the cathedral.
The Order enables a consent to be granted without notification but with appropriate conditions to manage or mitigate certain effects of the reinstatement work without impeding the delivery of the project.
On 23 December 2020, the Christchurch City Council granted the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project resource consent to undertake the substantive reinstatement works on the cathedral and its setting.
While physical work on stabilising, the cathedral began in May 2020, this new consent allowed for the:
- strengthening, repair and restoration of the main Cathedral building including the construction of a new west porch, tower and vestries
- superstructure of the main Cathedral building to be seismically strengthened and supported by a new foundation system including base isolation
- building of a new Visitors’ Centre with café, museum, retail and tower experience and the Cathedral Centre with a function room, amenities and administration offices; landscaping of the site is also allowed.
News & Events
We’re inside! Stabilisation is complete.
21 March 2023
Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited is celebrating the completion of the first phase of the reinstatement project.Read More
Introducing Alan Palmer
11 December 2022
Meet Alan Palmer, Senior Project Manager for CCRL. Alan supports the consultant and construction team to get the job done safely.Read More
December update with Bishop Peter
11 December 2022
Prior to 2021, I met many Cantabrians who asked, “Is anything happening about the Cathedral?” My initial reaction, voiced in my head, was “Have you not been in the Square recently?”Read More
Remote-operated digger working inside Cathedral finishes month early
07 December 2022
The remote-operated digger working inside the Cathedral has finished its clean up a month ahead of schedule.Read More
Retrieval of the iconic Wizard’s ladder
10 October 2022
Christchurch icon, The Wizard, has been reunited with his famous ladder from inside Christ Church Cathedral.Read More