Treaty of Waitangi: Signs of a nation | Te Tiriti o Waitangi: Ngā tohu kotahitanga 

When:
Long-term exhibition
Where:
Level 4
Cost:
Free
Type:
Maori; People and history 

Flag
Flag "Pumuka" Maker unknown, England. Gift of Rae Hone Tana, 1960. Te Papa

Mere pounamu (short striking weapon) 1500-1820, Maker unknown, Hokianga Harbour. Gift of Department of Internal Affairs, 1961. Te Papa
Mere pounamu (short striking weapon) 1500-1820, Maker unknown, Hokianga Harbour. Gift of Department of Internal Affairs, 1961. Te Papa

Hoeroa (whale bone weapon) 1800-1875, Maker unknown, Hokianga Harbour. Gift of the descendants of Reverend William Rowse, 1972. Te Papa
Hoeroa (whale bone weapon) 1800-1875, Maker unknown, Hokianga Harbour. Gift of the descendants of Reverend William Rowse, 1972. Te Papa

Taiaha (long fighting staff) 1820-1840, Maker unknown, Hokianga Harbour. Purchased 1977. Te Papa
Taiaha (long fighting staff) 1820-1840, Maker unknown, Hokianga Harbour. Purchased 1977. Te Papa

Discover the Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi is the founding document of modern Aotearoa New Zealand. It was signed in 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and more than 500 Māori chiefs. In this exhibition, you’ll discover how the Treaty has shaped relationships between the peoples of this nation.

A chief’s flag and other treasures

At the far end of this exhibition space, you’ll find taonga (cultural treasures) belonging to four influential Māori chiefs who signed the Treaty: Pūmuka, Mohi Tāwhai, Patuone, and Wāka Nene. These precious objects tell personal stories of hope, conflict and cooperation – at the Treaty signing itself in 1840, and in the tumultuous decades that followed.