Kōrero: Drugs

Kava being prepared in Fiji, 1900

Kava being prepared in Fiji, 1900

Kava, or yaqona, as it is known in Fiji, is a drink made from crushed roots of the kava plant. It is widely used in Polynesia and Melanesia but was not brought to New Zealand by the ancestors of the Māori. Kava is a mild sedative which relaxes users, especially in social situations. Some Pacific Island people continue to consume kava in New Zealand.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Reference: B475
Photograph by W. Beattie

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Jock Phillips, 'Drugs - Colonial drug-taking', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/39555/kava-being-prepared-in-fiji-1900 (accessed 8 August 2020)

He kōrero nā Jock Phillips, i tāngia i te 5 Sep 2013