Story: Māori smoking, alcohol and drugs – tūpeka, waipiro me te tarukino

Solvent use

Solvent use

This 1987 photograph shows a group sniffing solvents in Manners Mall, Wellington. Experimental solvent abuse was linked to boredom, while continued use was linked to family breakdown.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: 0860
Photograph by Phil Reid

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Megan Cook, 'Māori smoking, alcohol and drugs – tūpeka, waipiro me te tarukino - Māori use of drugs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39873/solvent-use (accessed 17 October 2019)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 Sep 2013