A group of Anglicans in a small Canterbury community are vowing to take the battle for Christ Church Cathedral to the court of public opinion after a judge lifted a stay on a planned demolition of the 110-year-old building.
Justice Graham Panckhurst released findings on Friday lifting the stay on demolition of the cathedral.
However a small group of Anglicans say the fight is not over.
Akaroa resident Mike Norris organised a group of parishioners to meet and discuss what the decision meant for their battle to restore the cathedral.
“This is the beginning of the next stage of the campaign,” he said. “We have gone through the courts, which has not advanced our cause, now it is time to go through the court of public opinion.”
Again – it is not the public’s building.
It is their own church that overwhelmingly decided that the cathedral is too unsafe to rebuild. The decision is made. Get over it, and move on.