He Tohu

About the Exhibition

He Tohu, a new permanent exhibition showcasing three iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand, is now open. These include:

  • 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

These documents can be viewed in a stunning, state-of-the-art conservation space at the National Library of New Zealand.

He Tohu provides on-site and online learning experiences and resources for young New Zealanders, focusing on the history of the documents and their ongoing significance to our national life. The documents are given life in new and exciting ways thanks to extensive research into the stories of the documents’ signatories.