Cathedral Bill passed by Parliament

The Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Bill passed its third and final reading in Parliament on 20 December 2017.

The legislation, introduced by the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Hon Dr Megan Woods will allow progress the reinstatement project to get underway as soon as possible.

It also paves the way for streamlined design and construction decisions to be made throughout the life of the project.

The legislation allows for Orders in Council to grant exemption from certain Acts such as the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 (HNZPTA).

Checks and balances on how the legislation will be implemented include:

  • an independent review panel made up of technical experts to examine every draft Order in Council
  • a process for engagement on the proposals
  • Orders in Council must be limited to facilitating the reinstatement of the Cathedral
  • Parliamentary oversight and review of any Orders that are developed
  • the legislation expires after 15 years.

To see how the Bill progressed through Parliament, go to:
Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Bill (Parliament Website)