Museum denied chance to display Treaty of Waitangi

  • 21/10/2015
Museum denied chance to display Treaty of Waitangi

Maori in Northland are threatening to protest after Archives New Zealand refused to allow the Waitangi Museum to display the original copy of the Treaty of Waitangi on February 6 next year.

The museum had hoped to display the document on Waitangi Day to coincide with the official opening of its new secure and climate-controlled area, but the request has been declined by Archives New Zealand, reports Radio New Zealand.

"I am going to bring this up as a Waitangi issue and if they don't listen I'm going to close – I'm going to do my best to close the Waitangi doors to the Crown," Kingi Taurua, a local chief for Waitangi's lower marae Te Tii told the radio station.

Chairman of the Waitangi National Trust Pita Paraone said Archives New Zealand had refused the request because of how fragile the document was.

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