Campaigners battling to save the earthquake-damaged Christ
Church Cathedral have taken their case to the highest court
in the country.
The Court of Appeal last month ruled that demolition of the
building could go ahead. But the bulldozers won't be allowed
to roll over the stricken Christchurch landmark just yet
after the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust today sought
leave to appeal against the decision.
The trust said in a statement the issue of whether the
church's custodians, the Church Property Trustees, were
obliged to retain the heritage building was of such
importance it should be heard by the Supreme Court.
"... The obligations of the trustees to maintain and repair
the cathedral will be the focus of the case in the Supreme
The trust regretted that it had not been able to reach a
resolution on the future of the cathedral with the Anglican
Diocese, but said the church had declined to engage in any
"While the church takes the position that the building's
future is for it alone to determine, as a Category 1 Heritage
Building, any demolition would ordinarily require a resource
consent and be subject to a public process, with rights of
appeal to the courts."
The Gothic-style cathedral's spire was snapped in the deadly
February 2011 quake.
The Church Property Trustees have released three design
options for a future cathedral and plan to deconstruct the
damaged building to a "safe level" of 2-3 metres above the