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Visitors looking at Te Tiriti o Waitangi at the He Tohu exhibition opening.

Image: Looking at the Te Tiriti o Waitiangi at the opening of He Tohu

The He Tohu exhibition has been developed in partnership between Crown and Māori, with significant input from women’s groups nationwide.

Partnering to create He Tohu

Begun in 2014, the partnership between Crown and Māori, with significant input from women’s groups,  provided strategic direction and leadership for He Tohu. 

The then Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Peter Dunne, led the partnership on behalf of the Crown, with Māori represented by iwi leaders from throughout the country, particularly Te Tai Tokerau, and Wellington manawhenua iwi Taranaki Whānui and Ngāti Toa Rangatira.

Advisory groups

In developing the exhibition, the Department of Internal Affairs He Tohu exhibition development team were also guided by two advisory groups, made up of leading Māori experts in areas including history, design, and language, and representatives of national women’s groups.

The partnership  provides high-level strategic guidance for the exhibition. 

He Tohu is presented by Archives New Zealand and the National Library of New Zealand, both of which are part of the Department of Internal Affairs.

Documents under statutory care of the Chief Archivist

The documents in the He Tohu exhibition are under the statutory care of the Chief Archvist. This means that the Chief Archivist and the conservators at Archives New Zealand are responsible for their care and preservation.

Read more about the work that the Archives New Zealand conservators do to keep this taonga safe.

Conservation of the He Tohu documents

He Tohu opening

He Tohu was formally opened by the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy on Friday, 19 May 2017.

Governor General's speech at He Tohu opening

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