The Juice does not have a problem with parents letting an older teenager have a drink in their own home. But this New Zealand law goes way, way beyond that, and extends outside of the home. In fact, it’s not clear what the outer limits are. As reported by The Otago Daily Times (New Zealand):
A Dunedin man was shocked when a health adviser confirmed young children could be supplied alcohol by a ”responsible” guardian. Steve Hayward contacted the Health Promotion Agency information line after finding their pamphlet on ”under-18” drinking in a Dunedin bar. ”I couldn’t believe what I was reading.”
The pamphlet in question detailed law changes concerning supplying alcohol for under-18s, which came into effect on December 18. The brochure noted as long as the person supplying the alcohol was the parent or guardian, alcohol could be supplied in a responsible manner. The brochure also noted that if consent was needed from a parent or guardian, then an email or text was sufficient.