Can minors attend a private function in a night club?

Question Details: My parents would like me to invite my younger sisters to a party that I am holding in a night club. My parents are not attending the party. Will it be legal for my sisters to attend the party? If not, is there any way of making it legal for them to come?

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Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley

Whether a minor is allowed in a nightclub will depend on the nightclub’s liquor licence, but in any case they will need to be supervised. We recommend that you ask the nightclub whether their licence allows supervised minors to be in the area where your party is held.

This is because the nightclub’s liquor licence may allow "restricted areas" and "supervised areas" within the nightclub. If your party is held in a “restricted area”, your sisters would commit an offence by attending the party. However, if your party is held in a “supervised area”, your sisters may attend the party if your parents accompany them.

If alcohol is being served at your party, your sisters cannot purchase it. However, your parents can purchase alcohol for them.

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