New name for Lower Khar­toum

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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.

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’.

Lo­cal board deputy chair Pippa Coom wanted a name that re­flected the Women’s Suf­frage Cen­te­nary Me­mo­rial lo­cated in the space.

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 but didn’t speak to the mo­tion.

On Septem­ber 19 the board and iwi part­ners will of­fi­cially un­veil the new name for the lower sec­tion of Khar­toum Place.

PHOTO: DAVID WHITE / FAIR­FAX NZ

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