A 9 metre mega model of what could be a new steeple for Christchurch's Anglican Cathedral has been unveiled in Cathedral Square.
Dubbed "The Peoples' Steeple", the model is a seventh of the size of the real spire, and has been built to demonstrate how a new one could be economically reconstructed.
Designer Marcus Brandt, a heritage building expert from Philadelphia, came up with the concept after watching television coverage of the earthquake in February 2011.
Christchurch heritage campaigner Ross Gray said the model steeple "represents a tremendous beacon of hope for the future of Christchurch".
"We've been through so much, as everyone knows, and in terms of heritage we've lost so much. Around 250 heritage buildings have gone. The cathedral should be saved, it's of paramount importance."
The model people's steeple was raised by two capstans, operated by eight local Christchurch children. Gray says today's demonstration showed what could easily be achieved on a bigger scale.
"We make no bones about it. We are trying to show the Anglican Diocese that this restoration, this reinstatement is perfectly possible," he said.
The Anglican Diocese will make a decision on the future of the church in two weeks' time.
"The Government has to balance pay demands across the public sector. We have gone as far as we can in terms of extra Government money," Dr Clark said this afternoon.