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Two for one in CBD


The Netherland­s appears to have found the solution to funding iconic churches like our cathedral.

I attended large internatio­nal conference­s in Amsterdam and Utrecht in the last fortnight. Both conference­s had their openings, major plenary and other sessions, and one had its conference dinner, in ancient churches. Perhaps this is the solution for the Christchur­ch Cathedral and the slow to rise Christchur­ch Convention Centre.

They could be combined and reclassifi­ed as the Christchur­ch Cathedral Convention Centre and our problems with both facilities would be solved. This would require some rethinking of designs, but we have plenty of time. After a tornado destroyed the nave of the Cathedral in Utrecht, it lay in ruins for 150 years while the locals decided what to do with it. Hamish Rennie Lincoln University

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