Last week, Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Dr Megan Woods announced that significant progress has been made on the reinstatement of Christchurch cathedral, with site clearance and decontamination work due to start by the end of July, subject to regulatory approvals. This comes ahead of pre-construction site work that will be undertaken by the joint venture company, Christchurch Cathedral Reinstatement Limited (CCRL), tasked to look after the reinstatement of the Garden City’s iconic building.


Ms woods also announced the appointment of Christchurch-based Justin Murray as independent chairman of CCRL, as well as laid out the agreed in-principle agreement of the JV. Mr Murray has a strong background in business, board governance and finance. He is currently the Executive Chairman of investment banking firm Murray & Co, which he founded in 2004. He is a Director of Christchurch International Airport and was previously Deputy Chairman of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust Advisory Board.

“The next steps will be for other Directors to be appointed and the Joint Venture Company will be looking at finalising the concept design, the scope of works, project budget and time-frames. We expect this work to take at least three to six months,” the minister informed.

Commenting on the development was Chairman of the Government-appointed Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Trust Peter Guthrey who said, ““The Joint Venture Agreement is an incredibly detailed document. It was vital that we took the time to get it right, and we are confident that we have.”

ChristchurchNZ General Manager of Destination and Attraction Loren Heaphy added, “In its current form, the Cathedral continues to represent a broken Christchurch, which is inconsistent with our new and vibrant city centre. A restored cathedral will create vibrancy for our residents while attracting visitors and encouraging people to reconnect with our central city.”