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He Tohu Archive Exhibition Project

A new permanent exhibition, He Tohu, will display our iconic constitutional documents:

  • 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni - Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand
  • 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi - Treaty of Waitangi
  • 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition – Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine.

The documents are currently preserved and cared for by Archives New Zealand. The new exhibition will be housed at the National Library of New Zealand, opposite Parliament Buildings. The documents will remain under the guardianship and care of Archives New Zealand.

The He Tohu exhibition will open in early 2017.

It has three principal objectives:

  • to improve access to the documents for all New Zealanders 
  • to ensure our fragile and priceless documentary heritage is preserved for future generations
  • to enhance learning opportunities about the historical, constitutional and cultural significance of the documents, especially for 10 to 15 year olds.

More information is available in the latest news, resources, and useful links pages.

Archives Exhibition Project Document Room concept image

Above: He Tohu - exterior concept design of the Document Room which will have state-of-the-art conservation features.

 He Tohu logo

Above: He Tohu - A declaration. A treaty. A petition. He Tohu has many meanings. For this exhibition, it means simply "the signs".