Story: Liquor laws

Petition by Te Tatana Waitaheke on Māori access to liquor, 1871

Several laws were passed in the 19th century that restricted Māori access to liquor, and successive governments received many letters from Māori decrying the influence of the demon drink. This 1871 letter by Te Tahana Waitaheke of Ōruawharo is one such letter. The second paragraph says: 'Let your hand be strong to keep away that thing from here. This is the word: "For they that sleep sleep in the night, and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober"'.

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Paul Christoffel, 'Liquor laws - Early liquor laws', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 September 2021)

Story by Paul Christoffel, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 15 Dec 2014