Televised Christchurch Cathedral debate confirmed

A television debate on the future of Christchurch Cathedral will take place next week without anyone from the church agreeing to appear.

The debate was called by Aaron Keown, a Christchurch city councillor who wants the public to hear all the facts before the symbol of Christchurch city was demolished and lost forever.

The church did not want to take part because the decision to deconstruct the cathedral was final, he said.

“I hope that public pressure will have them come and front so that both sides can present their cases.”

Keown said last week that the cathedral would be demolished “over my dead body”.

“I would be in there chaining myself to the building to stop that and I know lots of other volunteers would come in to do that,” he said.

Keown said  it was important to have the discussion.


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