Published 22 November 2005
All the redesigns for Khartoum Place in the Auckland cbd say the tiled mural commemorating the suffragette movement should go, but mayor Dick Hubbard said today the tiles must stay.
The memorial to “one of the most important milestones in New Zealand’s history” was unveiled in 1993 by Irish President Mary Robinson & Governor-general Dame Catherine Tizard but, in a design competition for the walkway between Lorne & Kitchener Sts as part of the council’s multi-million dollar upgrade of the cbd, none of the 12 selected redesigns on which public feedback was sought included the tiled artwork.
Architecture firm Brewer Davidson and Leo Jew were the council’s preferred design team after consultation was completed.
The council discussed options with the artists for relocating the tiles or a possible new artwork at a high-profile cbd site. Since then, however, the council has established that the tiles couldn’t survive relocation.
“This is not about who likes the tiles and who doesn’t. It’s about respecting & preserving an important part of our history. The tiles must stay,” Mr Hubbard said. He wants a new design brief developed that includes the memorial.
The mayor said he would also personally undertake to reinstate the white camellia trees, planted in Albert Park in 1993 as part of suffragette centennial celebrations, which were vandalised and hadn’t been replaced.
Mr Hubbard said he would meet Women’s Affairs Minister Lianne Dalziel, members of the NZ Council for Women and members of the original Suffragette Centennial Committee this week.
20 July 2005: Brewer Davidson, Leo Jew to do Khartoum Place redesign
27 February 2005: Khartoum Pl upgrade designs wanted