See the original Treaty of Waitangi

Visit the original Treaty of Waitangi at the National Library of New Zealand, explore the stories of Te Tiriti, and get to know the people who signed the document.


He Tohu

He Tohu is a permanent exhibition in a room called He whakapapa kōrero and is inspired by a waka huia – a treasure box. The treasure box holds the 3 iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand. The documents are:

  • 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni — Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand
  • 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi
  • 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition – Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine.

There are interactive features to get up close to the documents, and for people to trace the life-stories of the signatories and discovering their own family connections.

Visit the Treaty of Waitangi He Tohu exhibition at the National Library of New Zealand,Cnr Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington.