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He Whakaputanga / The Declaration of Independence

15 February | Wellington. Conversation with Dame Claudia Orange and Morgan Godfery chaired by Carwyn Jones.

All welcome, no rsvp needed for the talk. RSVP required for a guided tour of He Tohu before the event.

He Whakaputanga/The Declaration of Independence was a powerful assertion of mana and rangatiratanga. Signed by fifty-two rangatira between 1835 and 1839, it was followed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840.

In this conversation, Dame Claudia Orange and Morgan Godfery will discuss these two iconic documents with chair Carwyn Jones. Speaking to the history of these documents over nearly two centuries, the panel will also reflect on their significance in twenty-first century New Zealand.

Free guided tour: A guided tour of He Tohu and the document room will take place at 4.50pm before the event. Please email contact@hetohu.nz with ‘He Whakaputanga’ in the subject line to book. Meet at the entrance of He Tohu at 4.45pm.


Speakers: Dame Claudia Orange and Morgan Godfery; Chair: Carwyn Jones


Bridget Williams Books and National Library


National Library of New Zealand, corner of Aitkin and Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

5:30pm Thu 15 February, 2018