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:
- the steps taken by the supplier to supervise the consumption of alcohol:
- whether food was provided with the alcohol:
- whether a choice of low-alcohol or non-alcoholic beverages, or both, was offered:
- the nature of the occasion:
- any arrangements for, or provision of, safe transport:
- the time period over which the alcohol was supplied:
- the strength and volume of the alcohol supplied:
- the age of the minor:
- 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