Trustees announced for Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Trust

Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Dr Megan Woods has announced the trustees that will head 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; and enter into a Joint Venture with the property owner (CPT) to deliver the reinstatement project.

Dr Woods says the Trustees will be paramount to the success of the Trust and the operation of the Joint Venture with the Church Property Trustees (CPT).

“The Trustees’ mix of skills and experience cover business, heritage, governance, legal, local knowledge as well as a solid understanding of the Christchurch regeneration environment.

“Trustees were selected for his or her experience, knowledge and leadership skills, but also because they are extremely passionate about successful regeneration of the city and they understand the important part the Christ Church Cathedral plays in that.”

The Trustees’ first priorities are expected to be setting up the Joint Venture and negotiating an agreement for that, and creating a fundraising strategy for the reinstatement project.

The Trust will now be incorporated and apply for charitable status.

The Trustees are:

Trust Chair -  Mr Peter Guthrey. Mr Guthrey has experience in:

  • Business and tourism: Mr Guthrey is the Managing Director and sole shareholder of Guthrey Holdings Ltd. Guthrey Holdings Ltd is the parent company of ANZCRO Pty Ltd which is the largest wholesaler of travel in New Zealand;
  • Central city connections: Mr Guthrey has a longstanding connection to the central city through ownership and operation of the Guthrey Centre in City Mall from 1988 until 2011;
  • Charitable trusts: Mr Guthrey currently serves as a trustee of Champion Centre, Canterbury Cricket Trust, and the Akaroa Hospital fundraising committee; and
  • Governance: In addition to his role with Guthrey Holding Ltd, Mr Guthrey also has previous governance experience as a board member of Christ’s College, NZIM Canterbury branch, and the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce. As well as previously serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Enterprise New Zealand, Showbiz Christchurch, the Akaroa War Memorial, and the Christchurch Golf Club.


Dr Te Maire Tau has a significant regional profile and governance experience as Director of the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre at the University of Canterbury, Upoko (head) of Ngāi Tūāhuriri Hapū. In addition, Dr Tau is a historian and has a long family association with the Cathedral.

Ms Sarah Sinclair has considerable experience in advising on construction and development projects (from selecting the procurement model through to implementation), project finance and drafting and negotiating complex engineering and infrastructure arrangements.  She also has governance experience as member of the Board of Infrastructure New Zealand, the International Construction Projects Committee of the International Bar Association and of MinterEllisonRuddWatts.

Dr Ian Lochhead has significant regional profile as Associate Professor with research interests in the history of New Zealand architecture, and 19th and 20th century architecture. As a foundation member of ICOMOS New Zealand, he contributed to the drafting of the New Zealand ICOMOS Charter in 1993 as well as to its revision in 2010. His governance experience includes serving as the Christchurch City Council’s representative on the Canterbury Provincial Buildings Board during the 1980s, being a long-serving member of the Arts Centre of Christchurch’s Site Committee and having been a trustee of the Ngaio Marsh House and Heritage Trust from its formation in 1995. 

Mr Tim Carter has significant experience leading Christchurch commercial and industrial property developers and investors, including property development, resource management aspects and property investment.  He also has governance experience in holding directorships – Christchurch City Holding Limited 2011-2014, T M P C Investments Limited 2005-2011, Carter Queenstown Limited 2004-2011, Killinghall Investments Limited 2004-2011, and Christchurch City Councillor, Community Board Member – Hagley/Ferrymead Ward.