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War memorial to be chopped into three pieces and put into storage

The Citizens’ War Memorial will be cut into three pieces and its base dismantled to make way for the restored Christ Church Cathedral and a new visitors’ centre.

The resource consent application for the $154.3m cathedral restoration project includes plans to dismantle the memorial on the northern side of the historic building and put it into storage. There are no plans in the resource consent for the memorial to return to the cathedral site or be relocated elsewhere.

The Christchurch RSA had plans to move the cenotaph to a new site in Cranmer Sq. The move had the support of Heritage New Zealand and the Anglican diocese. As part of the proposal, the Church Property Trustees (CPT), which owns Anglican land and property in Canterbury, would gift the memorial to the city.

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