He Tohu - Korero with Anne Salmond


How did the Declaration of Independence come about? The Treaty was written in a couple of days, was it a bit rushed? Why was the English translation so difficult to get right? Who were the Rangatira that influenced you?

Listen to a kōrero with Dame Anne Salmond, anthropologist and historian. Excerpts from this interview appear in kōrero which are part of the He Tohu exhibition.

"...on the marae you can be very forthright, you can be very robust, but on the whole you don't delve into the depths of personal... you listen while people are talking, you listen."

He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of 3 iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand.

The documents are:

* 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

He Tohu is presented by Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga and the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, both of which are part of the Department of Internal Affairs.

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