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New Zealand Stories - Battle at the Basilica Television (Full Length Episode) – 2011 Documentary

New Zealand Stories - Battle at the Basilica

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2011 Documentary

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This documentary follows the fight to save Christchurch’s “other” earthquake damaged cathedral, the Roman Catholic basilica. A team led by a heritage consultant and a structural engineer struggles to keep pace with fresh damage inflicted on the basilica by ongoing quakes. Drones and a Defence Force robot aid investigations into the interior of the now dangerous building. There are hard questions about the venture’s costs. But, as parishioners tell their stories, there’s also reminders that the basilica isn’t just an architectural treasure — it has been the heart of a community.

Is it unique art worth restoring or preserving? Would New Zealand be poorer for not having that building there?
– Parishioner Robyn Bascand