The Dean of St Paul's, the Very Rev Dr Trevor James, with a
16m cardboard tube outside St Paul's Cathedral, in Dunedin,
yesterday. At the top of the steps are Taranaki tourists
James and Lucy Barr. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Dunedin's largest donation box was installed on the steps
of St Paul's Anglican Cathedral yesterday.
The 16m cardboard tube is a replica of those being used to
construct the new Christchurch Transitional Cathedral and has
been brought to Dunedin to raise funds for the project.
"It's exactly the same as the ones they're building the
Christchurch Cathedral with," the Dean of St Paul's, the Very
Rev Dr Trevor James said yesterday.
"We are showing solidarity with Christchurch with this
Although when they asked, I hadn't understood how big it
would be," he said.
"I am delighted we can support Christchurch in this way. The
temporary cathedral, while controversial, is a vital first
step for the church and people in Christchurch."
The 700-seat Transitional Christchurch Cathedral, designed by
Japanese architect Shigeru Ba, will be built on the corner of
Madras and Hereford Sts in April.
The Christchurch Cathedral was extensively damaged in a 6.3
magnitude earthquake on February 22, 2011.
The temporary structure will serve as a place for community
worship and gathering until a new, permanent cathedral is
It will incorporate 98 of the cardboard tubes, timber beams,
structural steel and a concrete pad and is designed to last
for more than 20 years.
The fundraising tube will be at St Paul's Cathedral for a
Fundraising tubes are also on display in Auckland, Napier and