“E raka te maui e raka te katau" "A community can use all the skills of its people”
New Zealand law states that alcohol can only be supplied (by others) to a person under the age of 18 years when express consent of the young person’s parent/guardian has been given. Click here to read the law.
If alcohol is provided to a minor (i.e. under 18 years) without express consent then penalties (a fine of not more than $2,000) apply.
Young people may obtain their alcohol from a number of sources - friends, older siblings, older peers, etc. Sometimes a minor might shoulder-tap an older person (>18 years) to buy alcohol for them. This can sometimes occur outside an alcohol outlet.
Watch the video called “Express consent and supervised drinking” at https://www.alcohol.org.nz/videos
If express consent has been given, any alcohol supplied must be done in a responsible manner. When considering whether alcohol was supplied in a responsible manner, the court may take into account the following (read the law here):
The Health Promotion Agency has developed a very useful resource on alcohol and young people.
HPA Resource Alcohol and your kids
If any consumption does occur, it is strongly advised that it is within the New Zealand low risk drinking guidelines, please click here.