March 04, 2016
New space to display Te Tiriti
Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the 1835 Declaration of Independence He Whakaputanga will be the highlights of a new exhibition to open at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington in early 2017.
Internal Affairs Minister Hon Peter Dunne says the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition is also included in the show, which is designed to enable greater access to the country’s three most important constitutional documents.
The exhibition, which is being designed in collabaraiton with iwi Maori, will use modern technology to ensure the highest level of conservation.
The documents each provide unique challenges.
The Declaration is written on three sides of two pieces of paper, the Treaty is made up of nine different documents, including two on parchment or processed animal skin.
The Women’s Suffrage Petition is more than 500 sheets of paper, all glued together to form a continuous 274 metre roll.
They will be displayed in a physically larger space than previously, with opening hours extended to six days a week.
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