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The maximum trading hours during which licensed businesses can sell alcohol in New Zealand are:
Local councils may set different trading hours as part of a local alcohol policy. Check with your council to see if it has a policy in place.
The Act places more responsibility on those who provide alcohol to young people and gives parents more control.
You can only supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years if:
Express consent may include a personal conversation, an email or a text message that you have good reason to believe is genuine.
The law applies to everyone, regardless of their age, who supplies alcohol to a young person. Unless you're certain you have permission from a minor's parent or legal guardian, don't give alcohol to anyone under 18.
There's a penalty of up to $2000 for breaching the law.
Anyone (including parents) who supplies alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years must do so responsibly.
For example, you should make sure food and non-alcoholic drinks are available, arrange safe transport, and take steps to supervise the drinking and limit the strength and amount of alcohol that's supplied.
The penalty for failing to supply alcohol responsibly is a fine of up to $2000.
You may be given an infringement notice and have to pay a fine if you:
The penalty for breaching these laws is an infringement fee of $250.
If you're intoxicated, staff of licensed businesses cannot serve you or allow you to remain on the premises. This is the same as the previous law.
The Act clearly defines 'intoxicated'. This means staff may refuse to serve you, ask you to leave or remove you from the premises if you're affected by alcohol or other drugs or substances and you're displaying 2 or more of the following conditions:
The Act also gives communities more say on alcohol licensing, such as determining maximum trading hours in their area, limiting the location of licensed premises near certain facilities such as schools and widening the grounds for objecting to licences.
The Health Promotion Agency has a range of resources and publications designed to help people understand and comply with the new laws.
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