New name for Khar­toum Place

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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.

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