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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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:

X-marks: Conversations in cloth

Finding both Māori and Pākehā women and their activities in historical records prior to 1825 in Aotearoa New Zealand is a challenge. Finding historically accurate images of them is nearly impossible. Yet absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. The women were always very present. X-marks: conversations in cloth embraces and celebrates this ongoing challenge and, through the medium of cloth, makes women and their daily activities visible.

This new exhibition celebrates a full chorus of women’s voices. Chief’s head wives, missionary wives and daughters, Māori schoolgirls, women who have historically remained silent, and anonymous women are all represented. Cloth techniques and exchanges are celebrated with weaving, flag-making, garment-making, sampler-making, domesticity, mawhitiwhiti tauira, and blanket-stitching.

Historical Mission samplers, by early missionary daughters, underpin the exhibition and are featured. Artist’s responses to the “sampler” marked by “Oreo”, the earliest sampler known to be made in Aotearoa New Zealand, but which is currently missing, present contemporary understanding of these early exchanges.

Kohuia (detail)
Kohuia (detail) - Terri Te Tau

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