History buffs should make a beeline here, as these national archives are a gold mine of documents, photographs, and maps. Records of New Zealand ancestry from as far back as the early 1800s in the official record of government are kept here. The records tell the stories of New Zealand's development. It's a great place for New Zealanders to research their family history. One special highlight is Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi, which is now on display
in a new purpose-built interactive visitor space around the corner in the Molesworth Street building. This controversial 1840 agreement between the British crown and more than 500 Māori chiefs is considered the founding document of modern New Zealand. The oldest document on display is the Declaration of Independence of the Northern Chiefs, signed by 34 northern Māori chiefs on October 28, 1835, a confederation agreement that led up to the Waitangi treaty. Also on view is the 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition, which led to New Zealand becoming the world's first nation to grant women the vote.