CBD space to be re­named

Auckland City Harbour News - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK - CATRIN OWEN

The de­ci­sion on the re­nam­ing of an Auck­land in­ner city space is ex­pected to be made within days.

Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board mem­ber Pippa Coom raised a no­tice of mo­tion in De­cem­ber 2015 pe­ti­tion­ing to have Lower Khar­toum Place changed to a name re­flect­ing the Women’s Suf­frage Me­mo­rial.

The Women’s Suf­frage Cen­te­nary Me­mo­rial is lo­cated at Lower Khar­toum Place in the CBD and hon­ours the Auck­lan­ders who worked to­wards the goal of women’s right to vote in New Zealand.

Af­ter a con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod from April 26 to May 30, the key themes iden­ti­fied in­cluded strong sup­port for the name change to be as­so­ci­ated with women’s suf­frage.

Con­sul­ta­tion with lo­cal iwi groups oc­curred and a name was also put for­ward by Ngati Whatua Orakei and is sup­ported by whanau at the Orakei Marae.

There were 137 sub­mis­sions over the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod and only 16 of the sub­mis­sions did not sup­port the name change.

Dianne Glenn, the vi­cepres­i­dent of the Na­tional Coun­cil of Women in New Zealand, sup­ports the name change.

‘‘Now that the mu­ral is se­cure, I would ap­pre­ci­ate the name change to hon­our these women who cam­paigned for the right of women to vote,’’ she says.

Coom hopes the new name can be of­fi­cially marked on Women’s Suf­frage Day, on September 19.

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