Back in high school, I had a friend (16 year old) who dated her former tutor. What does the law say about minors dating adults?

Question Details: I thought this was wrong, as she was a minor, so I managed to persuade her to stop seeing him. But now that I think about it, I wonder whether anything is actually held against them. What does the law say?

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Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley

New Zealand law does not prohibit a sixteen year old from dating an adult.

The law also says that when a person turns 16, they can legally consent to sexual activity, both heterosexual and homosexual. Turning 16 also brings with it other rights - click on the following link for more information about legal ages: www.communitylaw.org.nz

If your friend and her former tutor had a sexual relationship before your friend was 16, the tutor would have been committing a crime.

The tutor's employer (the school or wherever he was working) may also have had rules that the tutor was breaking by having a relationship with a student.

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