Can a school serve alcohol to 17 year olds at a leavers function where parents are present?

Question Details: I am concerned that alcohol is served at my local college's leavers function where parents are present. Is this legal?

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Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley

Under the current law, yes, they can. The legal position under the present law (The Sale of Liquor Act 1989) is that private premises such as this (as long as it remains a private event) are exempted from the need for liquor licences and therefore any offences such as supplying liquor to minors. For further information please click here: www.communitylaw.org.nz

In December 2013 however the law will be changing in this area with the new Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012. In this case, the supplier of alcohol will need to have the express consent of the parent or guardian, irrespective of the fact that it is a private function.

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