He Tohu

He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of 3 iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand. The documents are He Whakaputanga — Declaration of Independence, Te Tiriti o Waitangi — Treaty of Waitangi, and the Women’s Suffrage Petition — Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine.

Haere mai.

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā iwi o te ao.

Nei rā te mihi ki a koutou, nau mai, haere mai ki te whakāturanga hou nei a He Tohu.

E kore ngā taonga nei e rangatira, ki te noho wahangu,

Nō reira, haere mai koe, piki mai koutou ki He Tohu.

A declaration.
A treaty.
A petition.

Welcome and thank you for visiting the new exhibition He Tohu.

Without people to talk about them, without people to care for them, these taonga will be silenced.

We welcome you warmly and invite you to enjoy He Tohu.

Visit He Tohu

Admission is free.

9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Free guided experience every day at 12.30pm.

At the National Library on Molesworth and Aitken Streets in Wellington.

Plan your visit

The story of the documents


For teachers


Explore He Tohu

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

Upcoming events

30 August

125 years: Are we there yet?

To commemorate 125 years of women’s suffrage, we assemble a panel of extraordinary New Zealand women to discuss how far we have come since women were granted the vote, and how far we still have to go in the fight for gender equality. More...