He Tohu will be the new home of New Zealand’s founding documents

August 10, 2016

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.

He Tohu Archive Exhibition Logo