Proposed name change for Khartoum Place to honour Suffragette movement

CATRIN OWEN
Last updated 10:25, December 11 2015
Pressure is building to change the name of Khartoum Place.

FAIRFAX NZ

Pressure is building to change the name of Khartoum Place.

Waitemata Local Board deputy chair Pippa Coom raised a notice of motion on December 8 to rename Lower Khartoum Place to Suffrage Place.

The Women’s Suffrage Centenary Memorial is located at Lower Khartoum Place and honours the Auckland women who worked towards the goal of women’s right to vote.

Waitemata Local Board deputy chair Pippa Coom has petitioned for the name change since the reopening in 2014.

Waitemata Local Board deputy chair Pippa Coom has petitioned for the name change since the reopening in 2014.

Waitemata Local Board deputy chair Pippa Coom has petitioned for the name change since the reopening in 2014.

Waitemata Local Board deputy chair Pippa Coom has petitioned for the name change since the reopening in 2014.

Waitemata Local Board deputy chair Pippa Coom has petitioned for the name change since the reopening in 2014.

Khartoum Place runs between Kitchener and Lorne Streets in the CBD with a stairway connecting the two levels.

Coom would like to see the name changed to something that reflects the memorial and has petitioned for a name change since the reopening in 2014.

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Lower Khartoum Place is named after the 1885 siege in Sudan which New Zealand refused to take part in.

“As far as I’m aware there’s no other place that’s named after the emancipation of women so this would be an appropriate way to acknowledge women,” Coom says.

The proposal to change the name has the support of Councillor Cathy Casey and the National Council of Women New Zealand’s (NCWNZ) Auckland branch.

“You’ve got to celebrate women’s contribution and I would like to see a gradual change in the naming of places,” Casey says.

“The current name is meaningless and lot of people would have no idea what it means.”

President of NCWNZ’s Auckland branch Carol Beaumont has played an integral part in saving the mural since 2005.

“We would like it renamed as part of recognising the role of women in New Zealand and our leadership in winning the vote,” she says.
The Local Board is responsible for the naming of local roads and it will need to be carried out in accordance with the Road Naming Guidelines which includes consultation.

Coom hopes a decision can be made in time for Women’s Suffrage Day on September 19, 2016.

– What do you think about the proposed name change? Email catrin.owen@fairfaxmedia.co.nz to let us know.

– Stuff

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