Sept. 1, 2021, 2:30 p.m.
In 1907, the Tohunga Suppression Act was introduced by the government of the time to prohibit the practise of traditional Māori medicine. There was a growing concern at the time about rogue tohunga, but the Act extended far beyond that, ultimately forcing all Māori traditional practices underground.
The practice of rongoā Māori has seen a revival in the wider community, with classes led by practitioners full, market stalls selling rongoā Māori balms can be found across the country and rongoā clinics now in hospitals. There is still work to be done.