21 Jul 2015

Moving the Treaty of Waitangi

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 21 July 2015

A project to move the original Treaty of Waitangi document is still in the planning stage, four years after it was announced and having already cost more than three million dollars. In 2011 the government announced it would move the country's founding document, from its current home in the National Archive, to a new space in the National Library - just 200 meters up the road. The 1835 Declaration of Independence and the 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition are also to be moved. The plan was for a new, bigger exhibition space at the National Library, catering for more visitors, which was to have been opened last July. That deadline was never met and the Department of Internal affairs announced it was "refocussing" the project. $3,176,000 has now been spent, and the conceptual design phase is still ongoing, with the new exhibition not due for opening til early 2017. Kathryn speaks to Peter Murray, the Department of Internal Affairs Deputy Chief Executive of Information Knowledge Services.