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Call put out for culturally-minded designers

Wanted: a designer or consortium of designers to create a sustainable cultural exhibition for some of New Zealand’s most precious archives/tāonga.

Wanted: a designer or consortium of designers to create a sustainable cultural exhibition for some of New Zealand’s most precious archives/tāonga.

Historic items including the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi), 1835 Declaration of Independence and the Women’s Suffrage Petition may move from their current home on Mulgrave Street in Wellington to the Molesworth Street building where Archives NZ and the National Library are setting up together.

The Molesworth Street building is currently undergoing a redevelopment as part of a $65m project, and the Department of Internal Affairs is considering a new Constitution Suite to house these tāonga and allow for improved public engagement.

A preliminary design concept has been completed in which the new area to house the Te Tiriti o Waitangi, other key records and associated contextual material will consist of the Constitution Room containing the original archives/tāonga, as well as an interpretive exhibition space.

The Department of Internal Affairs is now seeking a "sustainable, cost effective design" in regard to the display cases and an exhibition design space to provide context to the items. The exhibition design must incorporate appropriate Māori cultural elements.

See documents here and here for more details.

Enquiries and submissions can be addressed to tenders@dia.govt.nz. Application close December 7, 4pm.