Treaty of Waitangi on the move

FOUNDING DOCUMENT: The Treaty of Waitangi.
FOUNDING DOCUMENT: The Treaty of Waitangi.

New Zealand's founding document - the Treaty of Waitangi - will soon have a new home.

The 172-year-old document will next year be moved from the Archives New Zealand building to the National Library, both in Wellington.

The nine Tiriti o Waitangi sheets have been on permanent display at the Archives New Zealand building since 1991.

It is one of many historical documents, including the Declaration of Independence and the 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition, which will be moved to the National Library in 2013.

The National Library and Archives New Zealand were last year integrated into the Department of Internal Affairs.

The library will be renamed to reflect its new role as it becomes home to Archives New Zealand's key government documents and national treasures, Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain said.

The decision to move the treaty followed consultation with mana whenua, Taranaki Whanui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika iwi, Tremain said.

"The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand's founding document and its physical move, safekeeping and preservation will be very carefully managed."

The treaty and other documents will be on public display.