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PHOTOS: Dame Patsy opens new Treaty exhibition at National Library


Dame Patsy Reddy and the Acting Prime Minister Paula Bennett arrive at the National Library for the opening of the new He Tohu exhibition.

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New Zealand’s newest national exhibition, He Tohu was officially opened today by the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, at the National Library in Wellington.

This remarkable new permanent exhibition sheds fresh light on three iconic constitutional documents that shape our nation: the 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 and 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition – Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine and preserves them for generations to come.


A rimu-lined document room is at the centre of the new exhibition.


Dame Patsy inspects the Women’s Suffrage Petition in the document room of the new exhibition.

He Tohu opens to the public on Saturday. The exhibition will be open six days a week and entry is free.


Te Ariki Sir Tumu Te Heuheu inspects the Waitangi Sheet of the Treaty of Waitangi in the document room.


Sir Tipene O’Regan and Piri Sciascia view the Treaty of Waitangi on one of the interactive screens.


Paula Bennett signs the visitor’s scroll.

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