For our latest safety information, see the Be Safe, Feel Safe booklet below.
- Safety information from New Zealand Police (PDF 818KB)
If you're having a party you want to have fun, but you'll want to avoid trouble as well. As a host it is your responsibility to make sure drinking doesn't get out of hand and your party doesn't get out of control.
Alcohol can be served to young people under 18 at a private party if they have express consent from a parent or guardian and it is served in a safe and responsible manner. Express consent is such that it leaves the adult in no doubt that they can supply alcohol to specific under age youth in a responsible manner. If these conditions are not met, the person supplying the alcohol can be fined up to $2000. To be a private party, guests need to have been personally invited and no alcohol can be sold.