New name for Lower Khartoum
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.
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