See Aotearoa’s founding documents at He Tohu
Home to a declaration, a treaty and a petition making a world-first, a visit to He Tohu brings you up close to our nation’s history
The Treaty of Waitangi is faced towards the doors of parliament to constantly challenge its agreement.
Senior Learning Facilitator, Anna Tiaki.
Surrounding the peaceful reflection of He whakapapa kōrero, He Tohu features interactive exhibits which give visitors a chance to learn more about the history surrounding these documents. Search the Treaty of Waitangi for your kahika (ancestor) signature and listen to stories from some of the more than 32,000 women who signed the petition, which represents almost a quarter of all adult women in the country.
With free entry and free daily tours available (12.30pm to 1pm, Monday to Friday
11am to 11:30am on Saturday), He Tohu is a space that is accessible and welcoming for everyone. Seeing these important documents and the individual signatures and marks made by people now long gone, but who helped shape Aotearoa into the country it is today, is an essential experience for everyone.
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