Engineers who re-examined ChristChurch Cathedral late on Tuesday afternoon say the building has “performed exceptionally well” during aftershocks.
The engineers had given the Cathedral a 'green slip' on Saturday, but Dean Peter Beck called them back on Tuesday after staff noticed minor cracks in the stonework.
“The engineers took a close look again, especially conscious that the media and others are taking a close interest in it,” Dean Peter said.
“I'm pleased to confirm there are no structural concerns.
“The engineers’ report says the Cathedral has ‘performed exceptionally well and the seismic strengthening has apparently been effective.'
“It's inevitable mortar joints will flex and some minor cracks will appear, so as aftershocks decrease the engineers will come back for further inspections and we will have minor repairs done later.”
Dean Peter says the tower remains closed and the bells won’t be rung as a precaution in the meantime.
As soon as the Cathedral is able to re-open to the public, regular services will resume and individuals will be able to talk to priests on duty, light a candle and take part in regular ‘prayers on the hour’.
Tea and coffee will also be available.