Harakeke, He Tohu Trip

By Derek Champion | Posted: Friday March 6, 2020

Our hub was fortunate enough to take a trip to the National Library on Thursday, 20 February. The National Library preserves our fragile and irreplaceable documentary heritage for future generations.

He Tohu is a permanent exhibition at the New Zealand National Library of 3 iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand and preserves these powerful taonga for future generations.

The 3 documents are the:

  • 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

By way of a guided tour, our students took the opportunity to see how these three documents greatly influenced our country. This amazing learning opportunity provided our students with a close and personal encounter with the documents.

Afterwards, they played at the Parliament garden and enjoyed their lunch there. The weather was beautiful! Great thanks to the parent helpers on that day, and hope to see you again!

It was such an awesome learning experience for your children, and if you would like to take your whole family to see He Tohu in the near future to learn about NZ history, you will not be disappointed! 

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