He Tohu Travel Fund for Schools


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Enabling school students to experience He Tohu Learning Programme

Donations to this campaign contribute to a travel fund, which will allow us to bring school aged children from all around New Zealand to participate in He Tohu learning programme.

The vision for the exhibition is: He whakapapa kōrero, he whenua kura; Talking about our past to create a better future.

He Tohu has three objectives: Improving access to these iconic documents for all New Zealanders and visitors to our country; preserving our fragile and priceless documentary heritage for future generations; and enhancing learning opportunities about the historical, constitutional and cultural significance of the documents for young New Zealanders.

All schools from anywhere in NZ can apply for travel assistance to attend the He Tohu learning programme in Wellington from March 2018.

The level of assistance will be based on a graduated scale according to the distance in kilometres from the school to Wellington CBD.

For further information on how to apply for assistance go to the Travel Fund section


Auditorium – 'Seats of Knowledge'


The new state-of-the-art auditorium

The new state-of-the-art auditorium

You, your family or organisation can be part of the beautiful new National Library state-of-the-art auditorium.

Staggered “light and dark” areas feature throughout the National Library of New Zealand, and these have been reflected in the design of the new 168 seat auditorium, which showcases the Takarangi spiral — “a journey from darkness to enlightenment.”

Recently rated as “one of the best small auditoria in the Asia Pacific region” by ICE Design Australia, leaders in acoustic and audio visual design services.


There are 168 seats in the auditorium - we need your support to help the National Library share New Zealand’s unique stories and knowledge. Sponsoring a seat for $1500 allows us to continue to deliver excellent experiences, programmes and events that help New Zealanders to turn knowledge into value.

All seat sponsors will be recognised on our special honours board at the auditorium.


Our General Fund


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By gifting to our general fund you are enabling Te Puna Foundation to assist the National Library to collect, preserve and make our documentary heritage and taonga more accessible for all New Zealanders.

This will give the National Library the opportunity to direct funds where they are needed most such as preservation and restoration work on artwork, books and taonga.