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Treaty on new permanent exhibit from May

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/01/2017

A new permanent exhibition of the Treaty of Waitangi and two other of New Zealand's founding documents is scheduled to open in Wellington in May.

A date of May 19 has been confirmed for the official opening of He Tohu, or "the signs", by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.

Apart from the 1840 treaty, the exhibition also comprises the 1835 Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand and the 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition.

Since 1990, the documents have been at Archives New Zealand, but the display is deemed to have reached the end of its life.

The new exhibition will be in National Library of New Zealand building opposite parliament, although the documents will remain under the statutory care of Archives New Zealand.

He Tohu has been developed in partnership between the Crown and Maori since mid-2014.

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