Piece of cardboard solution due

By Roger Moroney

A part of the cardboard solution to restoring a cathedral to earthquake-damaged Christchurch is heading Hawke's Bay's way.

As Waiapu Cathedral's Dean Jacobi pointed out, Napier is no stranger to having a temporary place of worship in the wake of a destructive earthquake.

"We had a transitional cathedral for 30 years after the 1931 earthquake - many people still remember being married or worshipping in that wooden building," he said.

In Christchurch, with a question mark effectively hanging over the future of the badly damaged cathedral, a temporary one using strengthened cardboard has been designed by renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and is due to be completed next April.

Four giant tubes, the same as those being used in the building, are being sent out next week to cathedrals in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and Napier - to spread the word about the "Cardboard Cathedral Project" as well as act as a fundraiser for the continuing recovery of Christchurch.

The cardboard "beam" is 16.5m long and will be transported overland to Napier. It is scheduled to arrive and be assembled next Friday.

It will be set up by the cathedral fountain off Hastings St and will remain on site for a week.

Dean Jacobi said information about the construction of the unique cathedral would be available, and a slot had been cut into the giant tube for people who wanted to make a donation to assist with the reconstruction of Christchurch.

The Reverend Craig Dixon, a member of the Christchurch Cathedral staff, said those involved were excited to share a project which had attracted global attention with other centres.

"It's a wonderful build to be involved in but we don't underestimate the challenges involved in such an undertaking.

"We need support and I warmly invite the citizens of Napier to entertain what I believe is a privilege and financially assist where they can," he said.

On Friday November 30, at 7pm, Bishop of Waiapu David Rice will lead the clergy in an ordination service at the cathedral.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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