A comprehensive survey on the future of the Christ Church Cathedral shows the Greater Christchurch community is almost evenly split on the issue of reinstatement versus replacement. It also shows there is limited support for taxpayer or ratepayer funding of the reinstatement option.
Announcing the results of a survey commissioned by Church Property Trustees (CPT) today, CPT General Manager Gavin Holley said that the overwhelming message received was that people want something done soon – a sentiment the Anglican Diocese and Church Property Trustees also share.
“Until now, the public debate on the future of the Christ Church Cathedral lacked robust evidence about informed public preferences, built on a thorough understanding of the consequences of the different options, Holley said.
“There is no evidence of an ‘overwhelming desire’ for the Cathedral to be reinstated, as has been claimed by some parties. Instead, when people are fully informed, their preferences change.
“The ‘informed choice’ result shows the community is almost evenly split on replacement versus reinstatement,” said Holley.Download the CPT Cathedral Survey 2017 here.