It will take more than just a jackhammer to remove a piece of history from the Khartoum Place steps.
As Auckland celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 flanked by the Women’s Suffrage Memorial, the mural’s longterm protection wasn’t far from everyone’s mind.
It was created in 1993 and the National Council of Women and the Zonta Club would like to see it listed as a heritage site in the unitary plan.
Zonta Club of Auckland’s International Women’s Day Committee chairwoman Sandra Dudek is concerned about the potential for the tiles to one day be moved.
‘‘For the last three years we have asked the council not to destroy the memorial. I am a tilemaker and I know that the only way to remove tiles is with a jackhammer.’’
But Auckland mayor Len Brown is standing by his commitment to the mural.
‘‘We are not going to wreck the tiles,’’ he says.
‘‘Every year we make the same commitment and it maintains the same and you should ask for that commitment every year no matter who’s in charge of this council.’’
Council voted unanimously last year to schedule the memorial through the unitary plan.
Work to open up the Khartoum Place space is expected to begin in June with a design which will keep the memorial intact.
International Women’s Day marks the economic, political and social achievements of women.
The day was first celebrated in the early 1900s in the US and it is now an official holiday in some countries.
Ms Dudek says the memorial represents not only one of the most significant events in New Zealand history but one for women worldwide.
‘‘This square is not just an Auckland memorial, it is not just a New Zealand memorial but it is an internationally recognised memorial to those women who lobbied for the right to vote.’’
Staying put: Zonta District governor-elect Maureen Heine and Zonta Club of Auckland’s International Women’s Day Committee chairwoman Sandra Dudek at Khartoum Place.