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Museum of Waitangi

Focus area: Community Support
Museum of Waitangi

A copy of New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, has now been given a new home in state of the art whare taonga – Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi.

The Waitangi National Trust has worked over the past three years to create a suitable setting to ensure Waitangi’s history remains accessible for generations to come.

“The Museum of Waitangi has profoundly changed the visitor experience at the Treaty Grounds, offering a much deeper interpretation of the Waitangi story, and the story of New Zealand, to New Zealanders and overseas visitors alike. The support of Foundation North enabled us to achieve an exhibition of a standard not before seen in the North, to the extent that it has already been described by reviewers as ‘world class’.”
- Greg McManus, Chief Executive

The museum is home to the exhibition Ko Waitangi Tēnei: This is Waitangi, which explores the stories of Waitangi – the people, the place and the Treaty. The exhibition also includes taonga from museums and private collections across the country.

*The Waitangi National Trust was funded in the 2014/2015 financial year but opened its doors to the public on Waitangi weekend 2016.