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:

Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A photographic journey

An exhibition that celebrates 175 years of Chinese life in New Zealand. Being Chinese in Aotearoa explores the rich and varied stories of Chinese New Zealanders.

Through close to 100 compelling and rarely seen photographs, you can follow the story from the first settler Appo Hocton who arrived in 1842 to new migrants in the 2000s, from pioneering goldminers and merchants to architects and entrepreneurs, from early settlers to established communities.

The exhibition on loan from Auckland Museum where it launched last February also includes a series of comic-book artworks by renowned graphic artist Ant Sang (bro’Town,The Dharma Punks) and writer Helene Wong (Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story). The comics follow an 11-year-old boy and his grandmother as they meet some of Auckland’s most inspiring Chinese artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, athletes, and more.

Being Chinese in Aotearoa is on display from 15 December 2018 to 31 March 2019.

Appo Hocton, the first Chinese New Zealander
Appo Hocton, the first Chinese New Zealander, 1876.
WE Brown Collection, Nelson Provincial Museum: 13043

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