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He Tohu whānau day

May 16, 2017

He Tohu whānau day

Celebrate the opening of He Tohu by bringing your family for a fun, creative, and fascinating day.

  • Date: Saturday 20 May 2017
  • When: 10.00am to 4.00pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
  • Contact details: For more information, email No RSVP required for the main event!

Bring your whānau along to the public opening of He Tohu

Join us for the public opening day of He Tohu on Saturday 20 May, when the National Library and Archives New Zealand will run a programme of family-friendly activities from 10am ‘til 4pm.

The day includes presentations, exhibition tours, the Amazing Travelling Photo Booth, and special guests Julian and Christian Dennison.

He Tohu passport

Get a passport on the day to guide your children through the day’s activities. Collect stamps and go in the draw to win special prizes.

Cultural performances

From Taitā College Polygroup, Wellington Girls College, Whitireia performing arts students, Chinese performance groups, and more.


Learn about the creation of He Tohu from Studio Pacific Architecture, Story Inc and Click Suite, the architects and designers who helped create the exhibition.

And hear from staff of Archives New Zealand and the National Library about research for He Tohu, including biographies of women who signed the Suffrage Petition.


Research opportunities with staff of the Alexander Turnbull Library, see a selection of Turnbull treasures, and hear about the band rotunda exhibition.

Even more!

  • Craft activities
  • Storytelling sessions
  • Roaming performers
  • Hāngī food, sausage sizzle, and other family-fare at HOME café
  • Sign the scroll and be part of history

What is He Tohu?

He Tohu is a new exhibition at the National Library of New Zealand.

It brings together three constitutional documents that have shaped Aotearoa.

  • 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni – Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand
  • 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi
  • 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition – Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine