The Anglican Church have decided to demolish their cathedral in Christchurch. Cr Aaron Keown is upset.
It's their cathedral, and it's their decision to make. I loved the old cathedral, it was a beautiful part of the city. If things were perfect then it would be rebuilt looking exactly the same, but now earthquake-proof. But they are not.
I'm quietly admiring the bravery of the Bishop, it must have been an agonising decision, and I can see that other organisations would have asked for a hand-out. Instead the collected thoughtfulness and confidence shown, in what are uncertain times, is admirable. So good luck to Cr Keown with his proposed televised debate; his likely opponents look to be formidable.
The earthquakes in Canterbury have been transformational events. Things will never be the same; that includes the cathedral. I trust that a new structure will be built, and that it will be an appropriate centre-piece for the city.