Image of He Tohu sign and Dr Cliff Whiting's mural artwork Te Wehenga

Book a class visit to explore the history and significance of the 3 taonga in the He Tohu exhibition at the National Library in Wellington.

Our programmes are free and generally 1 hour long. They are curriculum-aligned and delivered by experienced educators. We're happy to tailor our programmes to meet the learning needs of your group.

Self-guided visits are also welcome, although you'll need to book.

How to get to He Tohu

Choose a programme

Our 3 learning programmes are designed for students in Years 5 to 10, but we offer learning programmes for students of all ages (preschool to year 13).

Check out the resource booklets we have made for each programme. These provide pre- and post-visit activities for students at levels 3, 4, and 5 of The New Zealand Curriculum. The activities support students to make links between what they are learning about at school and their experiences of He Tohu.

If you’d like a programme tailored to meet the specific learning needs or curriculum levels of your group, email us at or select I would like a tailor-made programme on the booking form.

Mahi Tahi: A declaration, a treaty, a petition

This programme focuses on all 3 documents in the exhibition. Students explore relationships between the documents and how we live together, organise society, and navigate social forces in Aotearoa.

Download the Mahi Tahi resource book (pdf, 1.1MB)

Cultural Interaction: He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi

He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi are powerful examples of collective responses to te ao hurihuri, the changing world. In this programme, students explore migration, cultural interaction, and collective responses to community challenges.

Download the Cultural Interaction resource book (pdf, 547KB)

Change Makers: 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition

This programme focuses on the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition as a powerful example of people working together to create social change. Students explore leadership, collective responses to community challenges, and systems of government.

Download the Change Makers resource book (pdf, 590KB)

Book a visit

Make a booking request by filling in our online form. If the session you want is already taken, we'll work with you to find another option.

Request a booking online

Email your booking request

Managing your visit

Before you come

Let your students know about the tikanga of the He Tohu environment. We'll send you some information about this when we confirm your booking.

Doing some learning before you come will make the experience richer for your students. Our resource booklets can help with this.

When you arrive

One of our educators will welcome you and your students at reception (the waka) on the ground floor. They'll explain the tikanga of He Tohu, give you a health and safety briefing, and show you where to put your bags.

After your visit

If you visited as part of a programme, we'll send you a survey to complete.

We'd love to get your feedback. Your suggestions and comments make a difference.

Emergency procedures

In the event of an emergency, our trained staff will lead the appropriate response. To assist with your emergency planning, please see the RAMS form.

Download the Risk Assessment and Management Strategies (RAMS) form (pdf, 107KB)