Out today, as a further consequence of the earthquakes, is the judgement of Justice Chisholm about the appeal against the demolition of the cathedral here in Christchurch. This is what Bishop Victoria has written to the diocese this afternoon:
We have just received the decision of Justice Chisholm about our Cathedral.
We have permission to deconstruct the old Cathedral and build a new Cathedral in the Square, and we are expected to use reasonable speed in doing so. Furthermore we need to assure the Court of our commitment to build a Cathedral in the Square before we can proceed further with the deconstruction. The decision acknowledges that CPT was facing a difficult and complex decision in a tight time frame. We are not required to build in any particular style.
The major deciding point seems to be the difference between building a Cathedral on the present site versus re-constructing the present Cathedral on the present site.
It is a 200-paragraph decision and I will bring to your attention further details at a later time.
But you would not guess this was the case if you read the current headline [aroundabout 4.30 pm] on Stuff.co.nz, "Cathedral demo halted." What the article (at time of writing this post) mischievously leaves out is that the halt is only as long as the diocesan authorities take to satisfy the judge's request that intent to build a new cathedral is established on the current cathedral site. As far as I know it is established, but apparently the judge thinks otherwise.
LATER (6.45 pm) Here is a more balanced take on the judgement from Stuff which better reconciles the situation:
"Christ Church Cathedral has been granted a stay of execution.
BUT best of all, I suggest, is Taonga.