Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi

Discover fascinating exhibitions and state-of-the-art learning spaces at Te Kōngahu - Museum of Waitangi.

Included in the Waitangi Treaty Grounds Day Pass, entry to the Museum of Waitangi lets you delve deeper into the stories and artefacts behind New Zealand’s most important historic site.

Stories of Waitangi are brought to life through world class exhibitions, using state-of-the-art technology to offer a museum experience like no other. Learn about the history of Waitangi and its significance as a place to both Māori and non-Māori people. Experience the document that changed the face of the nation - The Treaty of Waitangi - through a fully interactive multimedia display. And marvel at the taonga or treasures on display, as you unravel their significance to the story of our country’s founding.

Enhance your enjoyment of a visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds, by visiting the Museum of Waitangi.

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Entry to the Museum of Waitangi is included in the Waitangi Treaty Grounds Day Pass.

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Permanent exhibition:

Ko Waitangi Tēnei - This is Waitangi

Ko Waitangi Tenei

Entering on the ground floor, you’ll encounter the museum’s main exhibition: Ko Waitangi Tēnei - This is Waitangi. As you progress through the exhibition, the growth of the relationship between Māori and the British unfolds, leading to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. As you move further, you’ll discover the ways in which this unique document has shaped our nation over the course of nearly two centuries, right up to the present day.

Temporary exhibition:

Puaki

To come forth, show itself, open out, emerge, reveal, to give testimony

In Māori culture, it is believed everyone has a tā moko under the skin, just waiting to be revealed. The problem is, when photographs of tā moko were originally taken in the 1850s, the tattoos barely showed up at all. The wet-plate photographic method used by European settlers served to erase this cultural marker - and as the years went by, this proved true in real life, too. The ancient art of tā moko was increasingly suppressed as Māori were assimilated into the colonial world.

In his new project, photojournalist Michael Bradley has re-claimed the near-obsolete wet-plate photographic technique as an original and striking way of showing the resurgence of the art form of tā moko. Combining the 1850s technique with the latest in modern technology, Puaki showcases the tā moko of 23 Māori participants through wet plate and digital photos and video interviews.

Digital portrait and wet-plate photograph of award winning musician Rob Ruha
Award winning musician Rob Ruha - (L) wet-plate photograph, (R) digital portrait
Credit: Michael Bradley

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