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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