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Māori women smoking pipes

Māori women smoking pipes

Four women smoke pipes outside a meeting house in the King Country in 1885. Māori developed the habit of smoking tobacco in the early 19th century, through contact with the whaling community. From the 1840s reports of hui in meeting houses often comment on the smoky atmosphere. Māori women smoked as much as Māori men.

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Smoking - The age of the pipe: the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 February 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 Sep 2013