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Site of suffrage memorial to get new name

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/09/2016

The site of the Women's Suffrage Centenary Memorial in inner city Auckland is to have a name change.

The Waitemata Local Board has voted in favour of calling the lower section of Khartoum Place Te Ha o Hine Place.

The board and iwi partners will unveil the new name on Suffrage Day, September 19.

Ngati Whatua Orakei gifted the name, which comes from a whakatauki or proverb: "Me aro koe ki te Ha o Hine-ahu-one [Pay heed to the dignity of women]".

The National Council of Women has backed the switch, with Auckland branch president Carol Beaumont saying the new name was more fitting to the memorial.

The memorial was created in 1993, 100 years after women in New Zealand achieved the vote.

After a refurbished Khartoum Place was reopened two years ago, the local board began looking at changing the name of the lower section.

Apart from Te Ha o Hine, other options submitted for consideration included Suffrage Place and Kate Sheppard Place.

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