Māori culture can – and should – be experienced in all forms across the country: from the historical to the geothermal and, in some cases literally carved into the storied landscape: here is No. 65 of our 101 Reasons To Stop Dreaming About New Zealand And Go.
The original Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi) is housed in the National Library of New Zealand/Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa in Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara, and forms part of the He Tohu permanent exhibition along with two other culturally and historically significant documents. The He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni, the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand, was created in 1835 when rangatira (Māori leaders) confirmed Aotearoa as an independent Māori nation, while The Women’s Suffrage Petition contributed to New Zealand becoming the first country in the world where women gained the right to vote. Entry to the exhibition to view all three documents and learn more about their histories is free, and you can join a tour at 12.30pm, Monday to Friday and 11am on Saturday (also free).