New name for Khartoum Place
After weeks of hold ups, a decision has finally been made on the renaming of an inner city space.
At a special meeting on August 30 the Waitemata Local Board voted in favour of changing the name of Lower Khartoum Place to Te Ha o Hine Place.
‘‘The decision was reached to rename Lower Khartoum Place, Te Ha o Hine Place and rescind the existing motion which was Te Ha o Hine Suffrage Place,’’ local board chair Shale Chambers says.
In July the board voted in favour of changing it to Te Ha o Hine Suffrage Place, however iwi were not in support of the original bilingual name.
Ngati Whatua Orakei gifted the name Te Ha o Hine which is derived from a Maori proverb translating to ‘pay heed to the dignity of women’.
As the Women’s Suffrage Centenary Memorial is located in the space and honours the Aucklanders who worked towards the goal of women’s right to vote in New Zealand, local board deputy chair Pippa Coom wanted a name that reflected that.
Khartoum Place runs between Kitchener and Lorne Streets in the CBD.
However board member Greg Moyle has been opposed to the change since it was first proposed in December.
‘‘If we are going to rename it there should be a connection between the memorial and I struggled to understand the connection between Te Ha o Hine Place,’’ Moyle says.
Both Moyle and fellow board member Vernon Tava voted against the name change on August 30 but didn’t speak to the motion.
Moyle would like to have seen the money better spent on projects within the community.
The final cost for this project was $721 including consultation with iwi and signage.
After a consultation period in April and May with iwi, the National Council of Women and the public, the majority were in support of a name change to be associated with women’s suffrage.
The National Council of Women says it is supportive of the name change.
On September 19, which is Suffrage Day, the Waitemata Local Board and iwi partners will officially unveil the new name for the lower section of Khartoum Place.