He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of three iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand. 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 – may be small in size, but it 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 In 1893 Aotearoa New Zealand became the first country in the world in which 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 new permanent exhibition of three iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand.