Sheets of parchment and old paper with script and signatures on a black background
The Treaty of Waitangi Te Tiriti o Waitangi IA9/9

The sheets

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is not one but nine sheets, signed across New Zealand over a period of seven months.

In 1841, only a year after the Treaty was drawn up and signed, the documents were saved from a fire at the government offices in Official Bay, Auckland. Poor storage between 1877 and 1908 led to the Treaty being damaged by both water and rodents. However, facsimiles of the Treaty had been created in 1877, before the damage occurred, and images of all signatures have survived. After a series of different conservation treatments, and different homes, the Treaty was finally brought to National Archives in 1989.

The following is a chronology of events about the signings of the sheets, their care, and their display.