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Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project, Cathedral Square, Christchurch

Proposal for an Order in Council to modify the process for resource consent applications for reinstatement work on the Christ Church Cathedral.

The written comment period has closed

The opportunity to make a written comment on the Proposal closed at 5pm Monday, 22 June 2020.

All the written comments received will be considered and help the Associate Minister, Hon Poto Williams, decided whether to recommend the proposed Order to the Governor General.

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Overview of the proposed Order in Council

Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited – the joint venture company delivering the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral – proposed to the Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Poto Williams, (the Minister) that an Order in Council (Order) be made under the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Act 2017 (the Act).

In May 2020, Cabinet gave permission to draft an Order to modify the process for future resource consent applications for reinstatement work on the Christ Church Cathedral.

The proposed Order would make the reinstatement of the Cathedral more certain, prevent lengthy delays of up to two years and work stoppage, and keep costs down.

However, before a final decision is made to recommend the proposed Order to the Governor-General, the Act requires it to be tested robustly.

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The written comment period and Explanation Document

Pursuant to section 10 of the Act, the Minister invited the public’s written comments on the proposed Order.

The Explanation Document for the proposed Order has:

  • an explanation of what the proposal is intended to achieve;
  • a description of the proposed effect of the Order; and
  • an explanation of why the Minister considers the Order is necessary or desirable for the purpose of the Act.

The Minister publicly notified and invited people to give their views in writing on the proposed Order on this website on Friday 29 May 2020. A public notice was published in The Press on Saturday 30 May 2020.

Anyone could make a written comment, which had to be received by 5pm Monday, 22 June 2020.

The Minister will have regard to the written comments received by the deadline and these will help the Minister decide whether to recommend the proposed Order to the Governor-General.

She is expected to make a decision later in the year.

Background to the process

The Minister must undertake certain steps as set out in the Act before making a decision on whether to recommend the proposed Order to the Governor-General.

This includes seeking written public comment on the Explanation Document that explains the proposed Order.

Also, the proposed Order must be:

  • reviewed by an independent Review Panel;
  • provided to Parliament’s Regulations Review Committee for its comment; and
  • consulted on with the Minister for the Environment.

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About Christ Church Reinstatement Limited and Orders in Council

Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited (CCRL) is the joint venture company delivering the project on behalf of the Church Property Trustees (the Cathedral's owner) and the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Trust (the fundraising trust set up by the Crown).

Under the Act, CCRL can propose Orders to the Minister.

The Order in Council mechanism provides the ability to get on with the reinstatement work needed by modifying standard processes.

The Order mechanism enables expedited, cost-effective reinstatement processes, and earlier or greater certainty for the Cathedral’s owner and the Christchurch community generally.

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The Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Review Panel

As part of the requirements under the Act, a Review Panel has been appointed – whose role is to review draft Orders and provide recommendations to the Minister on any proposed Order.

Review Panel members are:

  • Hon Nicholas Davidson QC (convenor)
  • Kyle Davis
  • Amanda Dewar
  • David Ayers
  • Sarah Dawson
  • Sina Cotter Tait

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Background to the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project and Christ Church Reinstatement  Act 2017 (the Act)

Reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral is a key project in Christchurch’s regeneration and maintaining momentum is of great importance and interest to the Crown.

The Cathedral’s future was the focus of public debate after sustaining significant damage in the 22 February 2011 earthquake. Litigation between heritage groups and its owner lead to the Crown stepping in to facilitate negotiations. This resulted in an agreement between these groups in 2017 that the Cathedral could be reinstated.

The Crown subsequently reached an agreement with the Cathedral’s owner on a range of support for reinstatement, including:

You can view a copy of the Act on the New Zealand Legislation website.

The Act recognises the Cathedral’s contribution to cultural, social, and economic wellbeing in Christchurch, its importance to Christchurch’s regeneration, and its heritage value.

Under section 24 of the Act the Minister is required to present an annual report to the House of Representatives.

These reports must include a list of the Orders in Council made under the Act during that period and a brief description of those Orders.

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Last updated: 
Monday, 22 June 2020

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