Topic: Waitangi

Dawn blessing held for new Waitangi museum

  • Northland

Many awoke well before sunrise to witness the blessing of the new museum at Waitangi, Te Kōngahu.

The $14 million dollar redevelopment has taken two years to build and will bare restored taonga, some more than two centuries old.

Grants provided by the Waitangi National Trust have assisted in bringing this history to life. 

The long-term exhibition, Ko Waitangi Tēnei- This is Waitangi, features taonga, photos and artifacts. One of the most prestigious photo's is the self-portrait of Hongi Hika's face, carved by the man himself.

The exhibition tells the story of the relationship between rangatira Māori and the British Crown before the signing of the treaty and thereafter. 

Te Kōngahu will be open all year round, fulfilling the prophecy: the time will come when the treaty will speak and the world will know.

Although the blessing has taken place, the museum will be officially opened by Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae this afternoon at 3pm.

Visitors, however, will not be able to witness the actual Treaty of Waitangi as it is on display at Archives New Zealand.

Northland reporter, Dean Nathan was at the blessing and will have more on this tonight on Te Kāea at 5:30pm.