In­ner city space to be re­named

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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 ma­jor­ity of sub­mis­sions wanted the name changed.

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

‘‘I have never been happy with the name of the site where this sig­nif­i­cant mu­ral was erected.’’

‘‘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.’’

Con­sul­ta­tion has also been con­ducted with Land In­for­ma­tion New Zealand to de­ter­mine the abil­ity of the pro­posed names to meet the stan­dard road nam­ing cri­te­ria.

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

PHOTO: FAIR­FAX NZ

Lower Khar­toum Place is home to the Women’s Suf­frage Me­mo­rial and will soon be re­named.

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