Monday, July 23, 2018

'Veil of secrecy' fear as trust readies for Christ Church Cathedral restoration

From New Zealand-

Restoration of the Christ Church Cathedral could fall behind a "veil of secrecy" because the Government is not part of the deal, a heritage campaigner has warned.

The restoration, which will use $35 million of public money, will be controlled by three private entities. This means the project will not be subject to the Official Information Act (OIA) – a law that allows documents related to public bodies to be released.

Restore Christ Church Cathedral Group co-chairman Mark Belton, who campaigned for restoration of the cathedral, said the project should be more transparent.

"Transparency should be the overriding principle in this given it is a project of such high public interest and there is a lot of government and council money going into it," he said.

"I am not comfortable with this project slipping behind a veil of secrecy. The public needs to know that their money will be wisely spent."

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