No, no no! No taxpayer funds to rebuild the privately owned Christchurch cathedral

The bludgers are out in force this Christmas, this time advocating for government money to fix up a shitty cathedral of no architectural merit.

An advocate for the restoration of the Christchurch cathedral says he will personally put $1 million toward the project.

An independent report has found the quake-damaged cathedral could be restored at a cost of $105 million.

Former cabinet minister and Great Christchurch Buildings Trust co-chair Philip Burdon said the money will come from a mix of insurance payouts with the residual $60m from private fund-raising.

He himself had committed $1 million and he’s confident others will contribute, he said.

Mr Burdon said the trust would also accept any government funding.

He can get stuffed. I’m pleased he is putting his own considerable wealth towards the cathedral but he should give it up bludging from the government.

The Anglican Church doesn’t pay any tax, they have more than enough in assets to fund a rebuild, but frankly they should just tear it down.

The Anglican Church said yesterday it would continue to talk to the government about the challenges of safety and cost, through a new working group.

Earthquake Recovery Minister had left the door open to the possibility of taxpayers money being spent reinstating the cathedral.

The government had not yet come to a position on whether it would contribute to the cost and more work needed to be done to nail down a final figure, Mr Brownlee said.

“There are various ways that might be reduced…but it really does challenge those that want to see the cathedral remain in a restored state to come to the party with some of that fundraising.”

The cathedral’s owners, the Anglican Church, had previously put the cost of restoring it as high as $221m and said there was no hope of ever raising that much money.

Heritage advocates have always said it could be done for less and the government commissioned report has confirmed this.

Make a decision, but make sure that decision doesn’t include bludging even more money for a stupid old church building. The most annoying thing is heritage advocates almost never want to dip into their own pockets to preserve ‘heritage’, and they forget it was ‘heritage’ buildings that killed a lot of people.

 

-Radio NZ


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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