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Cathedral Fundraising Trust Chair named


Hon Dr Megan Woods

Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration


16 November 2017
Cathedral Fundraising Trust Chair named

Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration Dr Megan Woods has appointed Peter Guthrey as Chair of the fundraising trust for the reinstatement of ChristChurch Cathedral.

The ChristChurch Cathedral Restoration Trust will spearhead fundraising for, and delivery of, the restoration project.

Minister Woods says Mr Guthrey has been selected because of his governance, business and tourism experience, as well as, a longstanding connection to the Christchurch central city through ownership and operation of the Guthrey Centre in City Mall from 1988 to 2011.

“Mr Guthrey has a track record of caring for the Canterbury community through various trusts, and still serves as a trustee of Champion Centre, Canterbury Cricket Trust and the Akaroa Hospital fundraising committee.

“His skills, experience and understanding of the local environment will be invaluable for this important project.

“Resolving the Cathedral situation is a priority for this Government. We see restoring this landmark as important marker of progress in the Canterbury recovery.

“From here, we will finalise the selection of the remaining trustees. Their first job will be creating a fundraising strategy for the project.

“This appointment is about making sure we are keeping our foot to the floor and keeping up the momentum to get this work completed and the Cathedral repaired as quickly as possible.”

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Since Minister Woods’ appointment last month she has already met with the key figures involved in the restoration project, including Bishop Victoria Matthews, Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and the Great Christchurch Buildings Trust, who signed up to the July offer of support for reinstatement.


About Peter Guthrey
Peter Guthrey is the Managing Director and sole shareholder of the Christchurch family-owned business Guthrey Holdings Ltd. Guthrey Holdings Ltd is the parent company of ANZCRO Pty Ltd which is the largest wholesaler of travel in New Zealand. He owned and operated the Guthrey Centre in central Christchurch from 1988 until 2011.
He has previous governance experience as a Board member of Christ’s College, NZIM Canterbury branch, and the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce. He also previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Enterprise New Zealand, Showbiz Christchurch and the Akaroa War Memorial, and the Christchurch Golf Club.

About the ChristChurch Cathedral Restoration Trust
The Trust will lead fundraising activities for the project to reinstate ChristChurch Cathedral.
The Trust will participate in the joint venture with the Church Property Trustees (who manage the property on behalf of the Anglican Church) that will deliver the restoration project.
The Trust is expected to be made up of up to seven members.

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