3. If parents supply alcohol

If parents choose to supply alcohol to a young person, they must do it in a responsible manner. Read the law here.

When considering whether alcohol was supplied in a responsible manner, the court may take into account the following:

  1. the steps taken by the supplier to supervise the consumption of alcohol:
  2. whether food was provided with the alcohol:
  3. whether a choice of low-alcohol or non-alcoholic beverages, or both, was offered:
  4. the nature of the occasion:
  5. any arrangements for, or provision of, safe transport:
  6. the time period over which the alcohol was supplied:
  7. the strength and volume of the alcohol supplied:
  8. the age of the minor:
  9. any other matter it thinks relevant in the particular circumstances.

Government advice is that if a young person does consume alcohol - it should NEVER exceed the adult limits (i.e. <4 standard drinks in an occasion for females, <5 standard drinks for males).

At a licensed premises, alcohol can only be supplied by a parent or guardian in places with a supervised designation (e.g. restaurants, family lounge bars). Some licensed premises are designated as restricted areas - young people CANNOT enter these. 

Read this FAQ relating to parental supply of alcohol in New Zealand prepared by the Health Promotion Agency