August 10, 2016
He Tohu name for new Treaty of Waitangi display
Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has joined iwi leaders in releasing the name for what will be a new exhibition of some of the nation’s most important historical documents.
The Treaty of Waitangi, the 1835 Declaration of Independence and the Women’s Suffrage Petition are set to go on show early next year at a new space in a specially-designed space in the National Library.
Mr Dunn says the exhibition – to be called He Tohu – A declaration. A treaty. A petition – was based on partnership and collaboration at every level.
He says the story of the origins of the nation is not a single story from a single viewpoint, but is a continuing story all New Zealanders are part of.
He Tohu was chosen because it refers directly to the most obvious and powerful element of the exhibition’s three documents: the unique signatures of those who supported them.
The name was unveiled at a ceremony at the library this morning by Te Haupuru Makoare, a year 12 student at Hato Paora College in Feilding whose tupuna signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Waitangi, and Ella Thorpe, a Wellington year 11 student who has been working with the exhibition’s archivists and researchers to research the Suffrage Petition signatories.
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