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New animation explains what every young person needs to know about methamphetamine

New Did You Know education resources for having a conversation about alcohol and other drugs are now available....

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Talk with young people

Did you know that having a conversation with young people about alcohol and other drugs is helpful. The Did you know? videos and tools make......

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Parenting and substance use

Tips for parents and carers....

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The cost of convicting young people

Our criminal justice approach under the Misuse of Drugs Act comes at a high cost to all involved, even just in terms of wasted tax dollars, ......

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Talk with a young person

Did You Know having a conversation with young people about alcohol and other drugs can reduce the harm that they sometimes cause. The Did Yo......

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The right message: Engaging teens and young people

Update on how 'peer crowds' research is being used to inform a range of youth-focused projects...

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New campaign to help young New Zealanders Steer Clear of drug driving

A new campaign which shows young New Zealanders that cannabis can impair driving, and which supports young people to find alternatives to dr......

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New drug policy needed to prevent young New Zealanders dying

A report released today about the deaths of young New Zealanders from poisoning shows the need for a new drug policy, the New Zealand Drug F......

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Steer Clear wins health improvement award

The team behind the Steer Clear road safety campaign received a Ko Awatea 2015 International Excellence in Health Improvement Award in Auckl......

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You're invited to talk about what young people do when alcohol causes problems

Young people and professionals are invited to join a workshop in Wellington or Dunedin during September to give ideas about what young peopl......

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Did You Know: The facts about synthetics

Our new Did You Know video and poster explain what synthetic psychoactive substances are, why they are so unpredictable and dangerous, and h......

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Order printed information about alcohol and drugs for Kiwi teenagers

If you're regularly talking with teenagers and young people, it can be difficult knowing what to tell them about drugs. It's important to re......

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Māori MPs reconsider drug law

A succession of reports show that Māori are affected significantly more than Pākehā by our drug laws. Russell Brown looks into the issues an......

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Peer Crowds

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Doing LAPs

With few Local Alcohol Plans (LAPs) in place, communities are forced into being reactive when faced with new applications for liquor licence......

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Face Trashed

Alcohol marketing on social media is cheap, successful and legal. But researchers say New Zealand should be attempting to control marketers’......

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nov 2011 alcohol withdrawal

Mythbusters - Death by withdrawal

Can a person chronically dependent on alcohol really die if they abruptly stop drinking? Or is this just another clever excuse not to part w......

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aug 2011 benefit in doubt

The benefit in doubt

Welfare beneficiaries who use alcohol and drugs are likely to be targeted under a new, tougher regime if recommendations by the Welfare Work......

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Resources

We can send you resources about healthy approaches to alcohol and other drugs....

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Looking after yourself

Even when your loved one really wants to change, being a successful support person isn’t easy....

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Shifting to drug law that works for Māori: Kaikohe Hui Report

Concerns at worrying levels of drug use within some communities in Northland underpinned calls for action at a hui run by the Drug Foundatio......

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Students, drugs, and alcohol

Problems with substances start early - half of all New Zealanders with a substance dependence issue were already dependent by the time they ......

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Shulgin was known to many as the “Godfather of ecstasy”

Alexander “Sasha” Shulgin was born on 17 June 1925 and died, aged 88, at home in California on 2 June 2014....

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Being Safer

If you are using drugs, it is important to know the risks, your rights, and what you are using....

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Videos that create conversations

These short videos were created to help people have conversations with young people about alcohol and other drugs....

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US Elections bring big win on cannabis ballots

Amidst the media storm about the election of Donald Trump to President of the United States it was easy to miss the other big news on 8 Nove......

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2015 in review

At the 2015 Annual General Meeting we looked back at the Drug Foundation’s work over the last twelve months, and ahead to the big challenges......

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nov 2008 not what the doctor ordered

Not what the doctor ordered

A full understanding of the seriousness of our prescription drug misuse problem is only now beginning to emerge. It seems the 'drug seeker' ......

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aug 2008 high school students

What to do with 'high' school students

For many teenagers, alcohol and other drugs are part of everyday life. But is kicking drug taking kids out of school the best solution we've......

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may 2008 drug classification

The drug classification alphabet

An un-evidence-based mess...

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may 2008 pot black market

Let's talk about pot: Black Market forces

At $1 billion, New Zealand's cannabis black market would equate to one quarter the size of New Zealand's entire legal horticulture industry.......

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feb 2012 after the wire

After 'The Wire'

Popular TV show The Wire is a disturbingly realistic portrayal of an American city ravaged by violence, corruption and a thriving drugs trad......

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feb 08 into my arms

Into my arms: Injecting drug use in New Zealand

Chris Wilkins and Charles Henderson compare findings on injecting drug use behaviour from the Illicit Drug Monitoring System and Needle Exch......

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feb 2009 through the maze

Through the maze - healthy drug law reform

The Law Commission's review of the Misuse of Drugs Act cannot come soon enough. The Drug Foundation has some ideas about how a new Act shoul......

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aug 2011 russian roulette

Playing Russian roulette

Seems the inventor of the psychoactive chemicals found in synthetic cannabis products has little nice to say about the profiteering purveyor......

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may 2011 cool to stay in school

More cool to stay at school

Schools often believe they have no other option but to suspend students using alcohol or drugs, even though exclusion will only make the sit......

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feb 2011 sport under the influence

Sport under the influence

Alcohol industry sponsorship has been a goldmine for sport in New Zealand, so much so that many clubs say they couldn't survive without it. ......

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nov 2010 war and drugs

War and Drugs

Today, more than ever, armies around the world are dealing with serious substance abuse problems and the mental health issues that result. N......

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nov 2010 dutch style

Guest editorial: Compulsory treatment Dutch style

Treatment boss Robert Steenhuisen takes a firsthand look at a compulsory treatment facility in the Netherlands and makes some comparisions w......

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may 2010 on your side

We're on your side

The death of a close friend made Black Power member Denis O'Reilly re-evaluate his own methamphetamine use. This is the story of one man's f......

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feb 2010 knowledge and attitudes

Knowledge of and attitudes to illegal drugs

Last year, the Ministry of Health published a report on what kiwis know and think about illegal drugs. Not all the findings were predictable......

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Start a conversation when things are slipping

Tips for conversations about the challenges a student is facing that may be getting in the way of their education....

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nov 2009 needle exchange

Needle exchange comes of age

Neeedle exchange New Zealand has come a long way since its humble and controversial beginning. It's now turned 21, and congratulations are i......

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nov 2009 east coast action

East Coast community action

A number of CAYAD initiatives are helping East Coast youth to get on with it, instead of just getting out of it....

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may 2012 drug harm fiji

Reducing drug harm in Fiji

Fiji may be an island paradise, but like any other country, it has its fair share of drug-related woes. Jacob Quinn looks at some local harm......

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may 2012 no place like a home

Wet in Wellington

Rob Zorn talks to Downtown Community Ministry about the plight of Wellington’s addicted and homeless and why the principle of ‘housing first......

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If it’s not true to label, then what are people taking?

With the summer festival circuit over for another year, some people will be looking back on a close shave they had as a result of using drug......

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Dry times

As well as marking the end of Lent, Easter weekend traditionally marks the beginning of the cannabis harvest in New Zealand. In the weeks le......

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Students skip suspension, get support instead

It’s in the playgrounds, on the sports field and in the dean’s office where many teenagers learn about making good choices, asking for help ......

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Viewpoints: Straight edge: the discipline

The non-stop rock ’n’ roll party lifestyle often overshadows the music itself. Yet one musical genre explicitly rejects these excesses and o......

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nov 2011 community clinic that could

The little community clinic that could

It may be small and operating out of a makeshift office on the fringe of a devastated city, but don't be fooled. A formal evaluation suggest......

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Reducing cannabis health harms

There is a wide spectrum of views on how much (or, in some cases, even whether) cannabis causes harm. Rob Zorn examines how harmful cannabis......

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Driving high

Cannabis and cars don’t mix. We know pot causes impairment, but just how much, and is it even that dangerous? Damian Christie looks at one o......

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Cracking good prevention

Fences at the top of cliffs are preferable to ambulances at the bottom. We know cannabis can cause harm, so how do we prevent people from us......

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Where there is life, there is hope

Harm reduction is about saving lives and treating people with respect. While we led the world with the first government sanctioned needle ex......

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A small triumph

Getting your fix of thought-provoking ideas about addiction recovery and drug policy is hard in a media that saturates us with stigma-laden ......

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Little by little

Sex addicts are comic gold, coffee addicts are the epitome of urban cool, but drug addicts? Media coverage always needs two sides, so when t......

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Pissing in the wind

Hollywood holds a seemingly ambivalent attitude to its portrayal of drug use. For every movie that paints a realistic picture, there are a h......

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The politics of price

Good policy is often at the mercy of politics, with evidence put aside for raw expediency. Alcohol-related harm in the UK was at the forefro......

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Q&A: Tariana Turia

Māori Party Co-leader Hon. Tariana Turia has mounted a personal crusade against smoking and has been a staunch advocate for Māori health and......

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Without warning

New Zealand has little in the way of a drug early warning system for emerging substances and usage trends. Rob Zorn summarises the issues an......

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Future drugs

All around the world, things are rapidly changing. There are signs the War on Drugs may be running out of steam, new technologies promise ne......

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Crime and punishment:

Russia’s treatment of its addicted citizens is characterised by cruelty, writes Max Daly. They are denied life-saving medicine. They are bea......

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Let’s take the ambulance to the top of the cliff

Not MDMA - the public needs to be warned about Nethylpentylone...

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Kiwis excited to experience a month off alcohol

Starting this Sunday, New Zealanders from around the country are taking part in FebFast, an annual fundraising campaign that challenges part......

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How we see things from our front gate

In 2011, Russell School became the centre for one small neighbourhood’s battle. Its success in reducing harm from a poorly managed local liq......

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nov 2012 untouchable

Untouchable?

Thirty-seven years into the War on Drugs, the 2012 United Nations World Drug Report says the rate of reported cannabis use in Oceania (essen......

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aug 2012 storm in a pee cup

Storm in a pee cup

Drug-related impairment in the workplace is undoubtedly a serious issue and a legitimate concern for employers. But do our current testing p......

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nov 2012 defence of death

A defence of death

Big Tobacco has launched a massive campaign to try and stymie the New Zealand Government’s plans to follow Australia in plain packaging of t......

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nov 2012 early warning

Early warning system

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! A new drug has emerged. Unlike Lost in Space, we don’t have an early warning system for emerging synthetic dr......

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The world watches

To legalise, or not to legalise: that is the question. Colorado, Washington and Uruguay have decided to go ahead with allowing the recreatio......

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Clearing the smoke

Cannabis is now widely accepted as a medical treatment, but does it have the evidential backing of other medicines? From herbal remedies to ......

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Fake it till you make it

It looks like cannabis, it has cannabis in the name, but is synthetic cannabis really cannabis? James Robinson investigates the health effec......

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No longer the healthy option

20 years on from the New Zealand Drug Foundation’s first cannabis and health conference, Keri Welham takes a look at Aotearoa’s most widely ......

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Decriminalisation of kratom in Thailand

Kratom is a tree native to Southeast Asia. Its leaves have long been used medicinally and recreationally and, more recently, as part of trea......

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mos oct 2017 we should have known

We should have known

The recent extraordinary spate of 20 deaths linked with synthetic cannabinoid use could have been avoided. Russell Brown talked with those w......

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Mental health review stirs hope for change

The Government’s promised mental health and addictions review is off the starting block....

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It’s not about the drugs

A new report has reignited the call for an even hand in the policing of drugs, citing figures that show the glare of police scrutiny is disp......

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There’s an app for that

There are new apps and programs designed to help your sobriety, but can technology replace face-to-face recovery? Sarah Peters takes a look ......

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Synthetic solutions: the global response to ‘legal’ highs

In country after country a vast array of new psychoactive substances, rapidly spread via online sources, is causing havoc for law and policy......

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Majority backs cannabis law change

A majority of the public favours a change to the legal status of cannabis according to a new poll commissioned by the NZ Drug Foundation....

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Whole School Approach

To effectively ensure young people can thrive in a world where drugs exist, a Whole Schools approach is being promoted....

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Erowid et al

Politics, the law and logistics make it difficult for official resources to provide frank, up-to-date information on psychoactive drugs. Tha......

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Will they ever learn?

If a student turns up to class stoned, they might be kicked out of school. Or they might have a restorative conference with their teachers a......

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Drugs once legally used for medicinal purposes were ultimately restricted. Māori man smoking a pipe, 1847.

History never repeats

New Zealand’s history of drugs and the laws to control them....

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Most people with addiction simply grow out of it: why is this widely denied?

The idea that addiction is typically a chronic, progressive disease that requires treatment is false, the evidence shows. Yet the ‘ageing ou......

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Viewpoints: Pregnancy warnings on alcohol labels

In 2011, a trans-Tasman food labelling review, led by New Zealand, recommended the introduction of pregnancy health warning labels on alcoho......

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A remarkable lifetime achievement

Tihi Puanaki – a driving force behind award-winning kapa haka group Te Kotahitanga for more than four decades – has just won a Lifetime Achi......

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A court that heals

Offenders opting to come under New Zealand’s first Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Court choose a stretch of healing, rather than jail time......

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How well are pre-charge warnings working?

Pre-charge warnings have quietly become a valuable new tool in the policing tool box and an effective way of getting minor crime out of an o......

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Our ‘psycho’ psychoactive substances legislation

New Zealand’s Psychoactive Substances Act has been described as world leading and incredibly innovative. But during 2014, public moral apopl......

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Spotting a problem

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Q&A: A UK Liberal Democrat talks drug policy

Just after his resignation as Minister of State for the Home Office responsible for the drugs portfolio in November 2014, British MP Norman ......

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Voting for change was the easy part

As state regulation of cannabis moves forward in several US states, it’s too early to say how the legalisative experiments will turn out. Pr......

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Viewpoints: Looking back to 1975 law reform

Four decades ago, the Bill that would become the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 was making its way through Parliament. Politicians, experts, comme......

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A school's core business

This is the second in our Whole School Series, which look into new approaches to protecting young people from drug-related harm being adopte......

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febfast kicks off with a bang, still time to register

febfast kicked off 28 days of booze free bliss with a bang over the weekend and there is still time to register, febfast coordinator Natalia......

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febfast lite for sevens hangover

People who overdid it at the Wellington Sevens last weekend can give their livers a break for the rest of February by signing up to febfast....

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Viewpoints: Should we be concerned about rising PIED use?

Performance and image-enhancing drugs are substances taken by people who want to improve their sporting performance or physical appearance. ......

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If you're regularly talking with teenagers and young people, it can be difficult knowing what to tell them about drugs. It's important to...

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Did You Know: The facts about synthetics

Our new Did You Know video and poster explain what synthetic psychoactive substances are, why they are so unpredictable and dangerous, and...

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You're invited to talk about what young people do when alcohol causes problems

Young people and professionals are invited to join a workshop in Wellington or Dunedin during September to give ideas about what young...

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The right message: Engaging teens and young people

Update on how 'peer crowds' research is being used to inform a range of youth-focused projects

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Talking tips for adults

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Videos in Te Reo Māori

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