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Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project, Cathedral Square, Christchurch

Open for public written comment

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

Send us your views on the proposed Order in Council by 5pm Monday, 22 June 2020

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Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Limited – the joint venture company delivering the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral – has 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).

The written comment stage and Explanation Document

Pursuant to section 10 of the Act, the Minister invites the public’s written comments on the proposal for an Order to modify the resource consent process, for reinstatement work on the Christ Church Cathedral.

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.

How you can provide feedback on the Explanation Document for the proposed Order, and the online written comment form

  • A written comment form can be completed online here.
  • Written comments can be emailed to info.gcg@dpmc.govt.nz or by completing a written comment form.
  • Or by freepost to:     
    Freepost Authority GCG 
    Cathedral Order in Council
    Freepost GCG
    Greater Christchurch Group
    Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
    Private Bag 4999
    ​CHRISTCHURCH 8140

  • Copies of the Explanation Document and written comment forms are available on request from: Christchurch City Council service centres and libraries and from the main office of Selwyn and Waimakariri District Councils, during normal business hours.
  • You can also request a copy of the document and the form by phoning 021 734 193 during normal business hours or emailing info.gcg@dpmc.govt.nz

Anyone can make a public written comment.

Written comments must be received by 5pm Monday, June 22, 2020.

All written comments will be considered and will help the Minister decide whether to recommend the proposed Order to the Governor-General.

Please note: Public written comments, including names and contact details, may become public information. If you consider there are compelling reasons why your name and contact details and/or comments should be kept confidential, please outline this when making a written comment. Public written comments may be proactively released but if you have requested your name and contact details and/or comments be kept confidential, your reasons will be considered. However, if a request is made under the Official Information Act 1982, your information may legally be required to be released. You have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information held about you, and to ask for it to be corrected if you think it is wrong.

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Overview of the proposed Order in Council

In May 2020, Cabinet gave permission to draft an Order to modify the process for future resource consent applications for 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 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, also 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.

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

Anyone can make a written comment, which must 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.

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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: 
Friday, 29 May 2020

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