Christ Church Cathedral reinstatement project

The reinstatement of Christ Church Cathedral, which suffered extensive earthquake damage, is a significant project which will take several years.

Reinstatement will be led by a Joint Venture (JV) made up of the building’s owners, the Church Property Trustees (CPT) and representatives of the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Trust.

The Trust’s main function will be to raise public funds for both the reinstatement of the Christ Church Cathedral building and for maintenance and insurance. The Joint Venture responsible for the reinstatement project is being established.

The plan to reinstate the Cathedral follows a Government offer, with support from Christchurch City Council, to Bishop Victoria Matthews in July 2017. In September 2017, the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch’s Synod voted to accept the offer, which involved proposed funding grants from the Government, Christchurch City Council and donation pledges from the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust (GCBT).

The indicative timetable is seven years for the completion of the main and ancillary buildings (including design work, legislation and approvals required before physical works can begin), and up to a further three years for the tower and spire. This will depend on the progress of fundraising.

You can find out more about the reinstatement of Christ Church Cathedral at the links below.

About reinstatement


The Cathedral Working Group was established by the Government and the Anglican (Diocese of Christchurch) Church Property Trustees in June 2016 to investigate and recommend a viable way to reinstate ChristChurch Cathedral. It produced the Cathedral Working Group Recommendation Report (November 2016), which recommended reinstatement. Following the delivery of its report, the Cathedral Working Group ceased in December 2016.

The Government and Christchurch City Council support the conclusions of the report and made an offer to the Bishop of Christchurch, Victoria Matthews on 4 July 2017 to support reinstatement. The Anglican Synod voted to accept the offer on 9 September 2017.

This offer stems from and expands upon the contents of that report. Therefore, this Cathedral Working Group website is being used to provide ongoing information about the reinstatement project.

About reinstatement

Useful documents and links

Full Offer of Support document (2.5 MB PDF) 

Additional Frequently asked questions about the Government’s offer to support the reinstatement of ChristChurch (28 July 2017) (61 KB PDF)

Frequently asked questions about the Government’s offer to support the reinstatement of ChristChurch Cathedral (4 July 2017) (29 KB PDF)

Media release: Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner (64 KB PDF)

Media release: Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel

Cathedral Working Group Recommendation Report

Latest updates

For the latest updates on the cathedral reinstatement, see the News section.