Minister Supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner announced this morning the government’s plan to support the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral .

She said the government would pay $10m and offer an interest-free loan of $15m, the Christchurch City Council had offered another $10m and the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust had pledged $13.7m.

That would add to the church’s insurance proceeds of $42m to bring funds to about $90m, which Wagner said would be enough to complete the cathedral and its ancillary buildings.

This September there will be a vote by the cathedral’s synod over whether the building should be reinstated or demolished to make way for a new cathedral. The Anglican Church favours a new building while some heritage advocates want the original restored.

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