It sounds very much like we are moving forward on a "reinstated" cathedral in Cathedral Square, Christchurch. Miriam Dean QC has made a report on the possibilities of the cathedral being reinstated or replaced, without a firm recommendation for either option. Responses from the Church Property Trustees and the Great Christchurch Building Trust indicate satisfaction with the report. But there is work to be done on costs, fundraising, safety. A further report is indicated as coming at the end of April 2016.
On the possibility of "reinstatement" rather than replacement, Miriam Dean seems to be suggesting that the cathedral could be reinstated to what it once was by a mixture of repair, restoration and reconstruction.
"The diocesan statement noted that according to the report, reinstatement would require repair, restoration, and reconstruction."
I take that to mean that some parts of the building a repairable, some parts need painstaking restoration, and other parts (presumably the West end and tower in particular) would need reconstruction.
A Stuff report is here. I think this one is different/updated, here .
A TV One report is here.
A Taonga report is here.
Bosco Peters offers a reflection here.
I hope, post Christmas, to offer some thoughts on a theology of reinstatement ...