People in Christchurch have been through a lot with all the earthquakes and after shocks. Many are living in badly damaged homes and some still do not have sewage services. This proposed Cathedral is a temporary structure costing 5.3 Million and although 4 million of this is paid for from insurance the rate payers will be forced to pay the operating costs of $240,000 when they are already struggling to get their lives together and will also be paying increased rates because of the earthquake damage. There is talk of a shortfall of $50,000 coming from the earthquake relief fund and further talk of the rest of the shortfall coming from fundraising. This money could be better spent elsewhere. If this church is for the people then the people should be asked if they want it instead of having it forced upon them. The Christchurch Cathedral is very symbloic and it's replacement should not be taken lightly and without considering what the people want. Further more there has been no talk of where the money for the permanent structure, in the future, will come from.
I am not against people having a place of worship. There are other places that people are congregating now and God is everywhere so you can worship him anywhere. The money would be best to go in to a permanent structure and meanwhile let the Christchurch people get on their feet without kneecapping them with further expenses.
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