CBD space to be renamed
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.