Story: Teenagers and youth

Sex-education booklets (1st of 2)

Sex-education booklets

These sex-education booklets were published in the mid-1950s by the Health Department. The 1953 Lower Hutt teenage sex scandal had led to the 1954 Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents (the Mazengarb inquiry), and then to law changes which made it illegal to provide contraception to, or discuss it with, under-16-year-olds. It was believed that giving young people information about sex would encourage them to try it at an earlier age.

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Reference: AAFB 632 W4914 box 223 record 34/9/35 5 (left); AAFB 632 W4914 box 223 record 34/9/35 4 (right)

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Carl Walrond, 'Teenagers and youth - Teenage sexuality', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Aug 2017