He whakapapa kōrero, he whenua kura — watch videos from the He Tohu exhibition and videos created by visitors to the exhibition.
See discussions about the documents, the issues around them, and visions for the future.
"People often think that you know Māori are just sitting on the shore waiting for Abel Tasman or James Cook to turn up but that's certainly not the case."
Vincent O'Malley, Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, Anne Salmond, Haami Piripi, Mānuka Hēnare.
Young Kiwis want to know their history
"Ki a au nei he kaupapa nui te Tiriti o Waitangi. He kaupapa i tūhonohono i ngā iwi o Aotearoa."
Rahiri Wharerau, Leah Bell, Hinepounamu Apanui-Barr, Ngahuia Piripi, Sonny Ngatai, Whitu-Waiariki, Dai Henwood and Ngāti Kawa Taituha.
What does 'Tino Rangatiratanga' mean?
"Our independence is our main aim. We feel there is more value in our independence than sovereignty..."
Dr Claudia Orange DNZM, Prof Rawinia Higgins, Dawn Mason-Lawrence, Moana Jackson and Dr Cybèle Locke.
The power to vote
"For such a tiny country in the world... we led by believing a woman has her own thoughts different to those of a man."
Prof Charlotte Macdonald, Prof Marilyn Waring, Mihingarangi Forbes, Prof Rawinia Higgins and Dr Jackie Blue.
The value of women's work
"It's your right to be able to make sure that you have a voice..."
Sina Wendt-Moore, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Tayyaba Khan, Lana West and Jenny Harper.
We have to remember
"We can't forget what, what happened to the indigenous people of these islands."
Hone Mihaka, Hon Justice Matthew Palmer, QC, Miria Pomare, Dr Vincent O'Malley, Moana Jackson, Te Radar and Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
The feminist activists of the Petition
"The lesson of the women's suffrage movement was it was actually a movement of all ordinary women."
Dame Ann Hercus, Prof Katie Pickles, Jenny Harper, and Hon Lianne Dalziel.
An amazing feat of organisation
"So what I think is amazing about the petition is that there were over 32,000 thousand women...did something that they felt was so important."
Hon Lianne Dalziel, Vanisa Dhiru, Kirsten Thomlinson, Prof Katie Pickles, and Dr Arini Loader.
Young Māori speak te reo
"The world has changed. Maybe what’s also changed is our Māori way of thinking."
Zaeana Thomson, Waitana Sullivan, Rahiri Wharerau, Sonny Ngatai, Dr Mike Ross and Prof Rawinia Higgins.
What's the way forward? - Women
"That perhaps is my greatest hope, my fervent wish for that type of unity. Maybe it's a dream."
Prof Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Evelyn Tobin, MNZM, JP, Dr Cybèle Locke, Mihingarangi Forbes, Miss Kihi Ririnui and Dr Claudia Orange, DNZM.
Our unique culture
"And so it's trying to learn off Māori what it means to be at home in this place, what it means to be connected to the land, what does it mean to be connected to flow of the, of the spirit of this place."
Oscar Kightley, Te Radar, Rt Rev Justin Duckworth and King Kapisi.
What's the way forward? - Men
"Why in this beautiful land that is the tangata whenua...why do we not have a Māori Prime Minister."
Nicky Hager, Oscar Kightley, King Kapisi, Prof Mānuka Hēnare, Hone Mihaka, Steve Hansen and Rt Rev Justin Duckworth.
Tribes unite to declare independence
"Iwi and hapu were independent entities so that Ngapuhi made decisions for Ngapuhi, Ngati Whatua made decisions for Ngati Whatua and no one could impinge on that independence."
Hone Mihaka, Moana Jackson and Prof Mānuka Hēnare.
We can learn from each other
"Regardless of who is here Māori would never go away. It will always be here on this land, it's been here for for a long time and it will continue to to be here."
Ngāti Kawa Taituha, Ngahiwi Apanui, Prof Dame Anne Salmond, Judge Carrie Wainwright, Shamubeel Eaqub and Rt Rev Justin Duckworth.
Telling our story
"I think you can understand the present situation better if you understand the past."
Hon Justice Matthew Palmer, QC, Witi Ihimaera and Dr Claudia Orange, DNZM.
What is the Crown?
"The Crown wears many hats, its not just the crown on the head of the Queen, it is in a sense the government and how do you distinguish the crown from the government."
Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias.
Te reo Māori
"If we limit ourselves to us alone our language will die. How then can we enshrine it in the hearts of everyone? It can’t be just us, by ourselves."
Anton O'Carroll, Prof Rawinia Higgins, Evelyn Tobin, MNZM, JP, Hon Meng Foon, Judge Carrie Wainwright and Ngahiwi Apanui.
After the Treaty
"Those very early framers of the Treaty didn't expect to displace Māori society at all. They were looking to set up settlements around the coast in quite small areas."
Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Prof Mānuka Hēnare, Haami Piripi, Dr David Williams and Prof Dame Anne Salmond.
A pre-condition to the Treaty
"I think it's important to see He Whakaputanga as, as in a sense a precondition to the Treaty because you can only treat, you can only enter into a treaty relationship if you have the political and constitutional and independent capacity to do so."
Moana Jackson and Prof Mānuka Hēnare.
Two worlds collide
"And our ancestors were in a real strong position you know we had all the rights prior to the Treaty, we had the rights to the land, resources pretty much everything."
Dai Henwood, Ngāti Kawa Taituha, Evelyn Tobin, MNZM, JP, Prof Mānuka Hēnare, Dr Donald Brash, Katie Woolfe and Prof Michael Belgrave.
Legacy for the future - Pasifika women
"The conversation that we are having right here, the stories that we are capturing right here are cementing and making sure that we don't lose that whakapapa, the shoulders of those that we stand upon."
Lana West and Sina Wendt-Moore.
No partnership in the Treaty?
"The treaty is fundamental because it establishes that interdependence, which is such a fundamental corollary of our understanding of independence."
Moana Jackson, Dr Donald Brash and Prof Dame Anne Salmond.
Public record number one
"It was a very brave document, it was an attempt to set up a new, a new world really."
Dame Joan Metge, Moana Jackson, Stefanie Lash, Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Dr David Williams and Dr Claudia Orange, DNZM.
Women would do it better
"If we want New Zealand to be a gender equal country we need to overcome barriers that are on the list of issues such as pay equity, violence, education."
Lana West, Angela Bloomfield, Vanisa Dhiru, Miria Pomare and Prof Linda Tuhiwai Smith.
Did the world accept the Declaration?
"Part of what the Declaration of Independence does is it provides a statement to the rest of the world that Māori are exercising their independence and authority and part of that is their own system of government and law."
Dr Donald Brash, Dr Carwyn Jones, Hon Justice Matthew Palmer, QC and Prof Dame Anne Salmond.
What has changed for women?
"If political leaders are going to exclude women or ignore them they do so at their own peril and they will fail. Women are a powerful voting block."
Prof Marilyn Waring, Leah Bell, Prof Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and Dr Jackie Blue.
Still a long way to go
"It is much harder for female novelists, female writers to be taken seriously than it is for for male novelists still."
Katie Woolfe, Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Eleanor Catton and Mai Chen.
A wild new frontier for settlers
"The intent by the missionaries was probably pure, but post 1840 was a huge influx of immigrants from Europe and from Britain in particular. That intent fell away and the cross was replaced by the sword."
Dr Claudia Orange, DNZM, Prof Dame Anne Salmond, Prof Michael Belgrave, Dr Vincent O'Malley and Haami Piripi.
The woman who would not sign
"The person who had the authority in our hapu to sign, the ariki with the mana, the mandate, if you like, to sign, was a women called Hine Aka Tioke, and so she said or someone said on her behalf this is who will sign for us."
"Māori themselves experimenting with new forms of governance because in the process of welcoming Pākehā to New Zealand they are also experiencing problems and issues for the first time ever."
Kate Martin, Prof Dame Anne Salmond, Dr Vincent O'Malley, Dr Claudia Orange, DNZM and Prof Michael Belgrave.
The question of sovereignty
"Words like mana were absolutely and utterly central to understanding, Māori understandings, that they were recognised in 1835 of having independence, chiefly mana, over these islands."
Prof Mānuka Hēnare, Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Prof Michael Belgrave, Dr Donald Brash, Dr Cybèle Locke and Haami Piripi.
What's the legal status of the Treaty?
You cannot renounce your own historical heritage and so that is why the Treaty is central to New Zealand's constitution arrangements whether its recognised in the courts or whether it isn't."
Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer and Mai Chen.
The greatest race relations in the world?
"I think that the reason why Pakeha people mispronounce the Māori language is because they totally disrespect us, otherwise they would pronounce it correctly, if they respected us they would."
Haami Piripi, Oscar Kightley, Dr Vincent O'Malley and Dai Henwood.
Do we have a constitution?
"Our constitution evolves with political developments, it is a political constitution and it has very few firm anchors."
Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Moana Jackson, Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Dr Carwyn Jones and Hon Justice Matthew Palmer, QC.
Treaty settlements - a step in the right direction?
"Recognition of the Treaty itself by 1975, fully in 1985, protests, actions, the beginnings of settlements, have seen us all grow in our understanding."
Dr Donald Brash, Mihingarangi Forbes, Prof Michael Belgrave, Hon Justice Matthew Palmer, QC and Kate Martin.
"I think women right from the arrival on these shores have been critical to Māori development to who we are as a society".
Prof Dame Anne Salmond, Evelyn Tobin, MNZM, JP, Miria Pomare, Prof Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Prof Ngahuia Te Awekotuku.
Hopes for the future of New Zealand women
"I would just like the young women of today to know how much we older women are looking to them with confidence and with love."
Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Evelyn Tobin, MNZM, JP, Prof Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, Mihingarangi Forbes and Angela Bloomfield.
The spirit of fairness in the Treaty
"We always say in New Zealand that the Treaty always speaks, it speaks today as it did 150 years ago."
Steve Hansen, Judge Carrie Wainwright, Kate Martin, Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Hon Meng Foon, Dr Mike Ross, Evelyn Tobin, MNZM, JP and Steve Maina.
Legacy for the future - Māori women
"If you take one step back even more important than the right to vote is how you are respected and valued within your community in your society."
Hana O'Regan and Dr Arini Loader.
The Waitangi Tribunal
"By settling an allegation which they've agreed is justified, that the Crown breached the Treaty of Waitangi, they are enabling both the Crown and Māori to get over that breakdown in the past."
Moana Jackson, Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Judge Carrie Wainwright, Prof Marilyn Waring, Hon Justice Matthew Palmer, QC and Dr Claudia Orange, DNZM.
Men talk about women
"I think we all owe it to ourselves and to each other to remind ourselves that we still have a lot to learn..."
Nicky Hager, Dai Henwood, Steve Hansen and Michael Galvin.
There isn't equal participation
"We have a history in which women have the vote earliest and we are proud of that. We constantly want, I think many of us sort of live up to the ideal of what it, it represented. So that continues to be something we talk about. It might often be an ideal that we feel we're not quite fulfilling."
Katie Woolfe, Prof Charlotte Macdonald, Dr Claudia Orange, DNZM and Prof Linda Tuhiwai Smith.
Sorting it out
"The relationship we have with history needs to be a conversation I think, it needs to be a, a kind of a constant questioning of what does this mean for us now."
Te Radar, Eleanor Catton and Oscar Kightley.
"So basically violence and squandering, desertion, all sorts of associated miserable outcomes of alcohol were felt at the time so temperance was about a more moderate life that didn't have that extreme."
Kirsten Thomlinson, Judy McAnulty, Tania Rangiheuea, Prof Katie Pickles and Annette Paterson.
Passion and determination - women with grit
"I think there are really important lessons going on for young people today to sort of think about how people would've organised themselves in the past and how that can translate into their lives, it's great."
Hana O'Regan, Kirsten Thomlinson, Hon Lianne Dalziel, Dame Ann Hercus, DCMG and Vanisa Dhiru.
Multi-cultural New Zealand
"I feel very comfortable living in a country which is a country of migrants."
Mai Chen, Nicky Hager, Vanisa Dhiru, Te Radar, Shamubeel Eaqub and Steve Maina.
The Treaty still speaks
"There has been this, this long time where there has been this disconnection from the land, their cultural starting point, the frame of economic thinking is entirely different from the western capitalist form that we use today."
Moana Jackson, Haami Piripi, Ngahiwi Apanui, Shamubeel Eaqub and Dr Tom Roa.
A gift exchange - a tapu alliance
"Though it's really important I think for us New Zealanders to get a grasp on the significance of that original understanding of 1840."
Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Prof Dame Anne Salmond and Dr Claudia Orange, DNZM.
What the Treaty means to me
"When I think of the Treaty of Waitangi I think of the wharenui and the treaty being the poutokomanawa - being the strongest foundation of our whare or our nation."
Tame Iti, Mihingarangi Forbes, Rt Rev Justin Duckworth, Witi Ihimaera and Katie Woolfe.
Do you feel these documents are relevant today?
"Forgotten. The life needs to, the life needs to be put back into these documents, yeah!"
Visitor kōrero from the recording booth at the He Tohu exhibition.