He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of 3 iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand. 

  • He Whakaputanga — Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi — Treaty of Waitangi
  • Women's Suffrage Petition   Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine 

See these fragile and priceless documents in the document room, which is inspired by the form and function of a waka huia – treasure container. 

Experience the state-of-the-art conservation space, designed to preserve the documents for generations to come. Enjoy the interactive displays that allow you to engage with the documents and discover your own personal connections.

Contents

Detail of He Whakaputanga, showing signatures.
A declaration: He Whakaputanga He Whakaputanga – the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand is hugely important. It was how rangatira (Māori leaders) told the world, back in 1835, that New Zealand was an independent Māori nation.
Detail of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, showing signatures.
A treaty: Te Tiriti o Waitangi Te Tiriti o Waitangi — the Treaty of Waitangi is the agreement that Aotearoa New Zealand is built on.
Detail of the Women's Suffrage Petition, showing signatures.
A petition: Women’s Suffrage Petition The Women’s Suffrage Petition — Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine lead to New Zealand becoming the first country in the world where all women gained the right to vote in general elections.
The inside of the constitution room, showing the documents in their cases and the curved wooden interior.
Exhibition and partnerships He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of  3 iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand.