This Waitangi Day, come in and view Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi – the day we commemorate its first signing in the Bay of islands in 1840. See the original Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi on display at Archives New Zealand and experience the presence of our nation’s founding document first-hand.
Staff will be providing tours of the Constitution Room and the Waitangi-themed display to help you learn more about its history. All nine sheets of Te Tiriti will be available for viewing. The sheets carry the marks or signatures of Rangatira – Māori leaders – from all around Aotearoa/New Zealand, collected by British officials, missionaries and traders during 1840.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi sheets are recognised internationally by UNESCO as having universal significance to the Memory of the World. You can view Te Tiriti between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Waitangi Day, 6 February at 10 Mulgrave Street, Wellington – just a short distance from the Railway Station. Entry is free so visit Archives New Zealand and reflect on what Te Tiriti means for you, and all New Zealanders.
We are currently consulting on a discussion document that will be used to develop a long-term strategy for Archives New Zealand. Your views are important to us. To view the discussion document and make a submission by 5pm, 4 November 2016, please visit the Archives 2057 page.
Why are we taking such a long-term view? The national archive needs to be focussed on the long term to ensure the record of government is available in the future. As we face the challenges of the born-digital era, our performance as a regulator today has a major impact on government’s information assets into the future. These challenges impact information managers, iwi, researchers, academics, community archivists and our own staff. Our stakeholders are asking us to step up and take a stronger leadership role.
The Chief Archivist will be leading sessions on the discussion document, providing a face to face opportunity to discuss your feedback or learn more about the work to date.
Please and provide your feedback by 5pm on 4 November 2016. If you prefer to email a submission, or wish to attend one of the meetings above, please email Archives2057@dia.govt.nz
- Christchurch 10th October 2pm – 4pm
- Dunedin 11th October 10am – 12pm
- Wellington 12th October 2pm – 4pm (NB this session is targeted towards government agencies, recordkeepers and information managers)
- Wellington 13th October 2pm – 4pm (NB this session is targeted towards researchers, genealogists, historians and other archives users)
- Auckland Central 14th October 9:30am – 11:30am (NB this session is targeted towards researchers, genealogists, historians and other archives users)
- South Auckland 14th October 1pm – 3pm (NB this session is targeted towards government agencies, recordkeepers and information managers)
Today the Minister of Internal Affairs announced the name of the new constitutional archive exhibition, opening early next year.
He Tohu will house our three most precious constitutional documents, keeping them housed, safe, and accessible to all.
Further information on the exhibition can be found here: https://www.dia.govt.nz/Archive-Exhibition-Project
When the free exhibition and learning space opens, visitors will be able to come and see:
- He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni - Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand (1835)
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi - Treaty of Waitangi (1840)
- The Women’s Suffrage Petition (1893)
He Tohu is being developed with iwi leaders, Māori technical experts, and the Waitangi National Trust.
The new purpose-built space will allow Archives and National Library to look after the three documents for at least the next quarter of a century.
When the exhibition opens, it will launch with new learning programmes, and on-site and online resources for young New Zealanders.