Dozens of New Zealanders have attended an emotional ceremony deconsecrating Christchurch Cathedral, which was wrecked in February’s earthquake.

The ceremony paves the way for the building to be partially demolished, and for a new cathedral to be built.

Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews told worshippers that the community had suffered “real loss”, but urged people not to give up hope.

Much of the region is still struggling to recover from the 22 February tremor.

Some 165 people were killed in the 6.3-magnitude quake, and much of the centre of Christchurch was destroyed.

The city’s shattered cathedral with its broken spire became one of the most striking images after the quake struck.

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