Demolition has been put on hold while Gerry Brownlee reviews a new report (file)
By 3 News staff
The next phase of the Christchurch cathedral’s demolition is on hold as Gerry Brownlee ponders a new report that says it can be saved.
The report proposes pushing a metal shaft through the centre of the building, keeping workers safe as they strengthen the walls, just like tunnelling into a mine.
It's a bigger and more refined version of the shaft that was used for rescue workers who searched inside the church.
Minister for Earthquake Recovery Mr Brownlee has seen the report and hasn't had the chance to comment on it as he's overseas and he has not yet approved the next stage of the demolition.
Meanwhile Prime Minister John Key maintains pulling down and replacing the cathedral is the right thing to do.
The tower and the steeple have already been demolished and there are plans to bring the rest of the building down to no more than 3m high.