The Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court ruling that Church Property Trustees is entitled to demolish Christchurch Cathedral if it constructs a new cathedral on the same site.
Derek Golding took photos of cathedral’s stained glass windows taken in 2007 which show how beautiful the building was before the earthquake.
But this is what it looked like in March.
New Zealand’s built heritage is young by world standards. Preservation of historic buildings for future generations should be taken seriously but not done at all costs.
The Cathedral has been regarded as public property but it isn’t.
It’s the property of the church and the decision on whether it is possible or preferable to attempt to preserve what’s left of the building is theirs.
By ruling in the trustees’ favour the court has upheld their property rights.