We get frequent email enquiries from worried parents wondering what the safe legal age is for their child to do certain things in New Zealand.

In response to these requests we created this quick reference list for parents of New Zealand children showing the minimum Legal Age for Activities between ages 5 to 25 years.

If you want to know what the law says about the age you can legally leave children at home alone, check out our article At what age can I leave my children home alone?.

 Ages         Activities
   5            starting school (earliest age)
   6            starting school (latest age)
   7            starting school (latest age if the child must walk more than 3 km to school)
   14          babysitting — a babysitter’s minimum age
   14          leaving a child alone in your house
   16          getting a learner’s driving licence
   16          leaving school (earliest age)
   16          living with a partner
   16          to leave home without parental consent
   16          age of consent for sex
   16          deciding on which parent to live with (if separated)
   16          parental consent is required for medical/dental treatment
   16          starting full time work
   16          getting a tattoo
   16          getting married or having a civil union (with parents’ consent)
   17          getting a full driving licence
   17          joining the Navy, Army, Airforce without parental consent
   18          getting married or having a civil union (without parents’ consent)
   17          buy a Daily Keno ticket
   18          buy a Lotto ticket
   18          can be legally independent of their parents’ guardianship
   18          enter into contracts
   18          buying alcohol
   18          drinking alcohol
   18           buying cigarettes
   18           buying firecrackers
   18           opening a cheque account, applying for credit card
   18           borrowing money
   18           joining the Police Force
   18           electoral voting
   18           making a Will
   19           the right to free education ends
   20           if adopted applying to Births Death and Marriages for a copy of the birth  certificate (to find out birth parents)
   20           adopting a child if they are related.
   25           adopting a child – if the child is at least 20 years younger.
   20           enter a casino

You may also want to read At what age can I leave my children home alone?. Or for more expert parenting advice check out our Grown ups: Parenting section.

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clare walmsley

hi what is the legal age in nz to vape?

Jarrod Rendle

Hi Clare, great question, we’ll get this added to the list. In New Zealand it’s illegal for any retailer to sell vaping products to anyone under the age of 18. This is part of the government’s plan to reduce smoking to 5% of the population by 2025. You can find out more on the health.govt.nz site here: https://tinyurl.com/ccxn973z — Jarrod


What is the minimum age to rent a house

Jarrod Rendle

Hi there, a great question. If the landlord is using the standard form Tenancy Agreement (which they should do), then there’s a special clause in there: This contract may not be enforceable against a tenant under the age of 18 (a minor). The Contract and Commercial Law Act 2017 may apply. So technically they could sign up a minor, but the landlord would be taking on a huge amount of risk if they did. Check out the Tenancy Services site for more details: https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/ — Jarrod


My girlfriend is turning 16 soon and is planning to stay with me and escape her abusive family. It says she can legally move without parental consent but what if her mum tries to lie to oranga tamariki and try to steal her back. I’m worried because my girlfriend’s family all lied about the abuse and when questioned by the police, I really need advice please.

Jarrod Rendle

Yes, that’s quite correct. Once your partner turns 16 she can legally leave home, although her parents are legally responsible for her up until the age of 18. Best of luck, family is the most important thing. — Jarrod


Is an immature 8yr old child allowed to go to the park alone for hours at a time when the parents can’t see and don’t know who he’s with

Jarrod Rendle

Hi there, you want to take a look at our article on leaving children alone here: https://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/articles/at-what-age-can-i-leave-my-child-alone/ — Jarrod

Debbie Simpson

Hi, just wondering, at what age can a child sleep out in the sleepout? (A room off the carport not connectef to the house) child would still use toilet inside, eat watch TV etc inside. Their bedroom would just be in the sleepout not inside the house.


Hi Debbie
There’s no law, or rule, that governs this as such. As long as the sleep out is warm and dry, and the child is responsible enough to look after the room, it’s up their guardian to decide. Just note, if they’re under 14 they still can’t be left alone at home. — Jarrod

Alucard Valdez

A 17 year old is on the Youth Payment (indicating a breakdown of relationship with parents/guardians). Is he legally independent from his parent/guardian? If not, how does he become emancipated?


So I am 13 and have visited Australia a couple of times.
My parents and i dont….you know get along that well.
I was planning on leaving my country, India and move to new New Zealand.
I am a sport enthusiast that’s why I had chosen new Zealand and will probably get a job there in the water sport industry or any other low wage job, enough to support myself.
Can you tell me a way to get through and whether I will be allowed


Hi Atharva, we would love to have you. New Zealand has a highly respected sporting sector, including: athletes, coaches, sport medicine, sport psychology and our recent investments into high performance sport. You have a number of options for immigration to New Zealand, although most would not be open to you until you turn 18. Some visa options include the Talent Sports Visa, Student Visa, or a study visa as part of your parent’s visa if they were immigrating too. Check it all out here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas — Jarrod

Aeron Villejo

can parents force to kick you out when you turn 18?


Hi Aeron, at the age of 18 your parents are no longer legally responsible for you. As it is their home you’re living in, unless you’ve signed a tenancy agreement with them, there’s no legal reason why they can’t ask you to leave. — Jarrod

Jo Wade

I live in Australia and my son lives in NZ with his father. My sons father is not allowing him to visit and I have not been able to see him for two years. My now 14 year old son decided to stay with his father, on the promise from said father that he could come over and visit anytime (holidays and such). Due to having a child in school over here and a partner who does fly in fly out work on an irregular basis I am unable to get over there myself to see him. My son has… Read more »


Hi Jo, you son’s father cannot refuse visitation with him. That said, your son’s idea of ‘one year in Australia, one year in New Zealand’ might not be the best arrangement either, especially with NCEA’s just around the corner. Also remember that ‘visitation’ can be as simple as a regularly scheduled Skype session. If your son is having difficulty raising the visitation issue with his father, and you’re struggling to formalise any sort of agreement, then you all may benefit from mediation services. Just note, if you want to go down the court route, you’ll need to apply to the… Read more »

Kaytlyn Kyle

Hi I’m 16 and in foster care and I want to stay at my boyfriends house for as long as possible …
1. How long can I stay
2. Could I move in
3. Do I need to talk to the police
4. Who would get in trouble if I stayed over the time…


Hi Kaytlyn. Legally speaking at the age of 16 you can move out of home without parental (or guardian) consent. I don’t think this is a case of anyone getting into trouble. This is more a situation where everyone involved needs to get together and discuss this openly and honestly. Here’s a few things to consider. Don’t burn bridges. The people close to you were sent to guide you in this world, and a few short years from now you’ll need their support more than ever. Think carefully about why you want to move out, make a ‘pros and cons’… Read more »

Mark Plumpton

Is there a legal reason why 16 and 17yos can’t stay at backpackers? You can leave home but you don’t seem to be able to stay anywhere?


Hi Mark, there’s no legal reason as such. However, accommodation providers can set any policy rules they choose. And they may have a policy in place that anyone aged under 18 requires a parent or guardian to sign the contract. — Jarrod


I have 16 and I have a kid the thing is that I was living with my boyfriend we had a child and my mom moved away so I had to moved with her so my question is can I moved back with my baby father family or I can’t?


Hi Yajaira, at the age of 16 you can leave home without parental consent. Just be aware that your parents are legally responsible for you until the age of 18. You may find entering certain legal contracts, for instance, are difficult until you turn 18. And there will be a time in the future where you’ll need family support. Just keep that in mind as you make these important decisions for you and your child. — Jarrod


Hi, so how is it that a child can decide to run away from home and move out from 16, but parents are still responsible? my stepson wants nothing to do with me and my husband, he made plans to stay with a family member on his mothers side, the mother has said yes but apparently now he can’t stay there or at his mums. We’ve handed care over to the mum and now she’s angry because we won’t make him live with us as she doesn’t want him (she blaming her husband) I don’t even know if this makes… Read more »


Hi there. It sounds like a pretty complex situation, with lots of people involved, and lots of different things going on for people too. This isn’t something we can cover in the forums. I’d suggest you get in touch with a service provider to find out what help is available to you. You might like to try Parent Help, I know they have a freephone number for parents, it’d be a good place to start: http://www.parenthelp.org.nz/helpline/ — Jarrod

Chevonne Taylor

Hi, my younger half siblings were abused quite badly by their mother. They all currently live happily with our father, there are 6 of them from the age of 7-15. All of them do not like going to see their mother. 3 children go one Saturday and the other 3 go the next Saturday. My question is, when can they legally say “no I do not want to see my mother” and be listened to? All 6 of the children hate going to see their mum to the point where they will throw tantrums and get really upset and even… Read more »

sha pragnell

As a parent of a 16 year old, are you legally allowed to keep their money they have earned? Don’t let them have access to it?


Hi Sha, it’s not so much of a ‘legal’ issue here. Legally you’re responsible for your teen until they turn 18. And that responsibility includes looking after them financially. At the age of 16, a child should be learning about money, possibly earning their own money, and learning how to save and budget for small items they want. Of course, not all kids will make great decisions at this age, so you may want to help steer them through the money pitfalls. But just remember, if you do it all for them, then they don’t have the chance to learn… Read more »

sha pragnell

Hi KF, I don’t do it all for them. Both teens have part-time jobs and have learnt to save for what they want and they both have done the 52 week savings challenge which they are doing it again this year. What I do, is I transfer money and leave them a certain amount for the week. If we travel away, money is transferred for them to spend (within reason of course). Just thought would ask. Thanls

Paul Blackler

Anyone know if there is a legal age for a child to train in a gym?


Hi Paul, not as far as we’re aware. There’s a legal age for signing the gym membership agreement. And each gym should have health and safety guidelines in place for different age groups, and will have their own internal age policy (often 12 and older, with some form of supervision required at most New Zealand gyms). But I don’t think the law would apply here, except from a health and safety view. — Jarrod


Hi. I’m already 18 and I am about to leave home to stay with my partner and I am not even going to tell my parents. I still have to go to year 13 and have to enroll to a new school as im gonna move to another town. Do you think they will need my parents consent for me to enrol myself? I am not in good terms with my parents so I dont want them in this. thanks


Hi Julia, as an 18 year old you can legally enter into contracts, so I would assume that you can enrol yourself in the school without an issue. You’ll need to double-check with the school directly though. Most high school heads of staff will be back from the 22nd, if not even next week. I’d suggest getting a meeting with someone at the new school, sitting down with them, and making sure they understand your situation and needs. Hopefully you find the space you need to rebuild a bridge with your parents at some stage, as family will be so… Read more »


Can I legally leave my 14 year old in the care of my 18 year for 3 weeks.


Hi Angela, as far as the law is concerned, I don’t think this would be considered unreasonable, especially as your youngest is 14. As far as you’re concerned, you’ll know if your 18 year old has the maturity level to manage this or not. It’s the weekends that would need some strict ground rules in place. It might not be reasonable, for instance, for the 18 year old to go out partying with their friends and leave the 14 year old overnight. It’s that sort of thing you’d want to lock down with them both. — Jarrod

Torval Upheaval

Hi. I was wondering if anyone could clarify something for me… so 16 is the age of concent for sex? I’ve lived in New Zealand my while life and always thought it was 18.

I am 18 and my girlfriend is 16, so if we both concent, can we have sex? No stings attached? Like, does she still need her parents permission or something like that?

Thank you


That’s correct, in New Zealand the legal age of consent for sex is 16.


Hi. Can a 16 year old stay in a hotel for a few nights without a parent or guardian? (not moving out, just with friends for holiday)


Hi Jonah, a 16 year old can legally stay away overnight without parental consent. However, parents are very much entitled to have household rules that are stricter than the law. Just note that a 16 year old’s parents are still legally responsible for them until they turn 18. — Jarrod


Yes. Can you legally stay in a hotel without a parent – with consent of course. Do you have to be over 18 to stay in one? Do most hotels have strict rules against people under 18 staying overnight?


A 16 year old can legally stay in a hotel. But the hotel may require someone over the age of 18 to book and pay for the room (ie enter the contract). As with house rules though, a hotel can set whatever rules they like in their hotel. Best to check with the hotel first. — Jarrod

Tremayne Thompson

Hi Kiwi Families,

so my dad and his girlfriend separated a few months after their baby was born. The now ex girlfriend of my dads is really psycho. My dad doesn’t know what to do. At what age could I, as the sibling of the child, go for custody for the baby.

Thanks in advance


Hi Tremayne, check out justice.govt for all the information on legal guardianship: https://www.justice.govt.nz/family/care-of-children/guardians-and-guardianship/ — Jarrod.

Tamara Lomax

Hiya, just wondering, I’m 16 and I want to move out of home to my partners; but to do that I need to move an hour and a half away. I don’t have the consent of my parents so I’m not sure if I can transfer schools. Can you please help me by telling me if this is possible?


Hi Tamara, if your issue is whether or not you can enrol in a new school, then you need to take that up with the school. If your address will be zoned for that school, then it would just be a case of enrolling. If the school needs parental consent to enrol, you’ll either need to get that, or approach the school Principal, or school support staff directly to discuss it. You also have the option of schooling by correspondence. As you probably know though, our advice is to always work on the communication with your family first. Even if… Read more »

Marster Sinclair

Hello there.. what can I do as a parent if I want my son to play rugby league but the cost of the strips are too expensive .the team have a 5year contract with the tura printing company .what can I do to change that.thanks

Gere Edwa

Hey kiwi family if you are 21 and have kids you have the rights to leave your parents home right? The parents have no legal right over the individual and her kids or am I wrong?


Hi Gere, that’s correct, assuming you’re in New Zealand. You can legally leave home, without parental consent, at the age of 16. — Jarrod

max ramen

my mum works a week away from home and a week at home, i want to move in with her because i feel that my mental and emotional health is in danger while living with my dad. i’m sixteen and if i move in with my mum i will be spending every second week by myself at home (my dad and school and work is only a 10 minute walk away). is this legal? am i allowed to do this?


Hi Max, at 16 it is legal for you to be left at home unsupervised. Whether or not a 16 year old should be left at home by themselves for an entire week, is up to your parents to discuss and determine. Try and include your parents in the discussion at the same time, so that everyone can come up with an agreement that suits. — Jarrod

Anna Horton

so you can move out with parental consent at 15


Hi Anna. Well, technically, yes. We’d note though, children can’t be left unsupervised for an unreasonable amount of time under the age of 14. And parents are still responsible for their children until the age of 18. So moving out of home at the age of 15 might be considered unreasonable by many parents. — Jarrod


Hi my name’s arry . I am 25 years old my gf is only 16 years old (but she looks like 22 ). Her family dont want us to be together and i am allowed to see her anymore . We are in love and we can’t live without each other and I wana marry her. Can she run away from her house and move with me ? Or is it illegal being with a 16 years old girl? Her dad threatened me that he will get me arrested. Please advice me what should I do . I can’t live… Read more »


Hi Arry. The legal age of consent in New Zealand is 16, it’s also the legal age you can move out of home. So, no, you cannot be arrested. You can’t, however, legally get married until she turns 18, unless she has her parent’s consent. And that’s probably the important point here. The support of family is everything. She may feel like she doesn’t need her parents’ help right now. But she’s also very (very) young. A few year’s from now, she will totally need her family to support her. If you alienate her parents now, you risk this gift… Read more »


Thank you


Hi there, I am writing a novel and I just can’t seem to find the information I need for one of the aspects of my story so I’m just wondering if you could point me in the right direction to find some answers to my questions? Here is a little background info on my novel: In my novel, my main character’s brother gets murdered and so the MC (Main Character) wants to get revenge and kill the person who murdered his brother. So after searching for a long time the MC finally finds out the whereabouts of a man who… Read more »


Hi Hannah, our suggestion would be to try a community lawyer, at your local CLC. They should be able to give you a fairly good steer on what the likely judicial process would be in New Zealand: http://communitylaw.org.nz/ Best of luck with your book! –Jarrod


Oh okay, thank you very much 🙂

Nickeesha Laws

so my little brother is 14 years old ive not long found out his father who he is not ment to be with has given him a tattoo when he was about 11 years old . is there anything I can do? myself/ our mother and other family members do not approve of this at all and believe its child abuse.


Hi Nickeesha. The law on tattoo’s in New Zealand is a little bit grey. In New Zealand if you’re under the age of 16 you require your parent’s consent to get a tattoo (in some cities the age is 18). So although it’s not illegal, it certainly is a little unusual. If you’re at all concerned for your brother’s safety, you, or your Mum, should get in touch with someone from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children for advice: https://www.mvcot.govt.nz/ — Jarrod


Hi- not sure if this thread is still running but thought I would give it a shot. If, for eg, my child turns 18 and wants to leave the country, is there a way for me to stop her? ie I know my guardianship over her ends but is there any way to extend it?


Hi Nicole, in a word no. At the age of 18, a young person can legally enter into contracts, and can apply for their own passport, and overseas visas. Assuming they have the financial means to travel, there’s little to stop them heading off into the wide world. I think as a parent, all you can at this stage is support them in their decisions, provide what help you can, and be their for them when they need you (which they will). — Jarrod


Thanks Jarrod- so even if I have concerns for her safety and well-being, there is really nothing that can be done to get my guardianship extended/stop her from going overseas?


Hi Nicole, at 18 she’s legally free to do as she pleases, as long as what she’s doing isn’t illegal. If you’re concerned about her safety then your best recourse is to sit down with her and tell her your fears, and together work out a plan so that you can help keep her safe from a distance (regular email communication, emergency funds and phone numbers, etc.). If you push too hard, you may just push her away at this point. Open communication is really the key here. Best of luck — Jarrod.


Thanks Jarrod!

ŚàraVína Quan

Hi Im 15 and i want to have a baby, me n my boyfriend (24 yrs old) already discuss where we’re gonna live and we planned everything and im mature enough to take care of myself and my little family … is it possible? is it possible if i can have a baby at the age of 15? Me and my boyfriend is going to do it this november im turning 16 next year 2018 so is it possible if me and my boyfriend can do it this november? #justwondering


Hi there. It depends on what country you live in. In New Zealand the legal age of consent is 16. So, although it might be physically possible, in New Zealand it is certainly illegal. You may want to read our article on contraception: https://www.kiwifamilies.co.nz/articles/contraception-for-teenagers/


Hi 🙂 how old is the recommended age for boy to sleep in his mothers bed? The child is 10

Jemma Burden

I am 18 years old and have moved out of home to go to University. Neither of my parents provide any financial support but in order to get a student allowance, my parents income is taken into consideration, if over a certain amount combined i am unable to get a student allowance. How can I get emancipated from my parents so they are no longer included in my finances. It seems crazy the government with holding from giving me an allowance when i receive no support from my parents.


what age are you allowed to live in an apartment alone or renting a house at?


Hi Cath. There are different laws that apply for children under the age of 16, and also for people aged 16-18. Check out the info on MSD’s site: http://housing.msd.govt.nz/preparing-to-move/young-people-looking-for-a-place-to-live.html or just ring Tenancy Services, who have a fantastic help line: https://tenancy.govt.nz/about-tenancy-services/contact-us/ — Jarrod


what age are you allowed to live in an apartment alone or renting a house at?

Atalua S Fatai

hi Im kinda planning ahead to introduce my young daughter 14yo to workforce and im thinking working at the foodstuff like cashier since shes good with numbers.Is this a good a idea?


Hi Atalua, an afterschool/weekend job is a great idea. It teaches crucial skills about the workplace, teamwork, leadership, etc. A cashier is a great idea and supermarkets are always hiring. Other ideas could be retail, open on weekends, or even a takeaways (a lot of people comment on the discipline taught at fastfood restaurants). Most places have a website that’ll tell you about their hiring process. For smaller places, the old fronting up with a CV in hand still works and really shows initiative, which all employers look for. Check out the Careers NZ site for tips: https://www.careers.govt.nz/job-hunting/ — Jarrod


So I know you can not buy alcohol until your 18 well legally anyway, i see up there your not allowed to drink it under 18 too is this so? legally and where can i get more legal info on that, my son is 16 and we do not allow or accept him drinking alcohol so he has left home to his grandmother my mum who supplies it and buys for him, what can i do? we cant make him come home its stupid how at 16 they can do what they want but we as parents legally responsible for… Read more »

Mems Jane

Afternoon, I’m wondering if .. like .. I’m 16 soon to be 17, and nearly being employed. Would I have to pay my dad board as Ille probably get taken off his benefit. He has 4 other kids. He says that Ille have to pay my way etc.. but I don’t think he can do that cause I’m only 16 still living in our family home. Is it legal or illegal? I thought when your 18 you start paying board and paying your way etc…


Hi Mems. This is a tricky one. There’s nothing in the law that states you have to pay board at any age, or under any situation. Parents charging their children board once they start earning is fairly common practice though. With your Dad having 4 other mouths to feed, a small contribution towards household running costs wouldn’t be unreasonable; especially if you compare this with actual renting (you can check out the current rates at the Tenancy website https://www.tenancy.govt.nz/rent-bond-and-bills/market-rent/). So, it’s not a legal issue, it’s entirely something to negotiate between you and your Dad. — Jarrod

Hevyn Emery

Definitely more of a moral issue than a legal one. You should appreciate the fact that your dad is trying to teach you about responsibility, helping out when and where you can and paying your way.
Don’t gripe about it, be thankful that he is teaching you valuable lessons.



Just wondering, is it legal for a 16 year old to have a sexual relationship with someone over 18 if they both consent?


Hi Kelly, the legal age of sexual consent in New Zealand is 16 years old. — Jarrod

Dianne Herrick

Hi just wondering what age you have to be to go camping at a campsite with tents? There are three fifteen year old girls and one sixteen year old that would like to go, but unsure of the age stipulations?


Legally, this isn’t an issue Dianne. It will be a case of the maturity level of the teens, and your comfort level of their plans. Ultimately you’ll be responsible for their actions at the campsite. You may also find some campsites require parental consent for under 18s to make a booking — Jarrod

Dianne Herrick

Thank you


If I am 16 and I have a long distance boyfriend who is 21. Is that legal or illegal?
I know for him it’s legal for they have to be within 5 years or age and we meet that criteria so it’s legal there, just wondering about here and if he could be in legal danger to be in a relationship with me


I have a 16 year old who I reimburse (Rather than a wage) for his time and lunches. Does his mum have the right to determine where the money goes or does the 16 year old have the right to decide otherwise?

Maru Mehau

If I was 16 years old and I dated someone who is 19-20 years old, is that a problem especially when you’re raised with a strict Polynesian family??


Hi Maru. We can only suggest what the legality of your situation is, not whether or not it’s right or wrong for your family, or your particular situation. There is no law in New Zealand that dictates dating. The legal age of sexual consent in New Zealand is 16, and there are rules in certain situations that prohibit certain relationships. More often than not, open communication is always the best way forward. — Jarrod

liz Parker

can you tell me i have a grandson who is 14 living with his dad and step mum,his real mum died in a car crash 10 years ago her and my grandson were living with me at time of her deaith. my grandson is very close to me and wants to come and live with me and my two sons he cries himself to sleep at night gets very upset when he has to go home from us he gets very depressed has run away from home and came to my house but the police and his parents took him… Read more »


Hi Liz, this isn’t something that we could advise you with online. If you’re at all concerned with the child’s welfare then you should raise this directly with his Father, the primary caregiver, as well as seek advise from an organisation that can help. I’d suggest trying http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/ for more info. — Jarrod


I’m 20, my dad is kicking me out and has given 4 weeks is this right? 4 weeks to find somewhere to live?


Hi Nina. Your Dad is only legally liable for you up until the age of 18. He is well within his legal rights to ask you to leave, and give you notice. But in terms of your personal relationship, this is something that you need to sit down and discuss together to work out a solution that works best for the both of you. — Jarrod


hi Janet my names Liam I live with my father Davo and he abuses me. I was just wondering if io could leave and go stay with my mother fatty Temps in mexico with her 25 goats

Unique Auditore-Tia

Hi there, Is there a law for sellers to photo ID who I am with when I am buying cigarettes? The problem is I went to a supermarket to buy cigarettes, they asked for photo ID from not only me but also my partner and brother ( I was buying it for myself) and they wouldn’t sell it to me because my brother did not give photo ID and is 17 but me and my partner (both 18) provided ID, but why did they ID the whole lot of us? Its like a seller asking a mother for their children’s… Read more »


Hi Unique, the Smokefree Environments Act prohibits sellers from selling tobacco products to under 18s. How sellers actually do this is totally up to them though. It’s the retailers decision as to who they sell
any product to. Cheers — Jarrod

Te Aroha Irimakahw Warren

It is correct.. It is illegal to give anyone under the age cigarettes in a public place..
If you look under 25yrs old, expect to be asked for I.D
If you are buying to give to a minor, expect to be denied..

Evelyn Rapana

Quick question if we left my partners 13 year old son at home at night for 4 hours with a phone to contact him on every half an hour or so is that alright or no ? He’s in high school and resposible and was told to lock all doors never answer if someone knocks and to stay in his room and lock his door


Hi Evelyn, it’s not up to us to say whether or not that’s alright. The law states you must provide ‘reasonable provision for the supervision of the child’ if they’re under 14. It’s yours and your partners responsibility to make sure he is well cared for, and supervised. What that looks like is over to you as the parent and guardians. — Jarrod


hi so what would happen if my 13 year old was rapped and found out to be pregnant? what would happen to her and/or her baby


Hi, I was wondering if a 17 yr old is legally aloud to move countries (to Australia) without parental consent


Hi Corey, people can choose to leave home from the age of 16 without parental consent. They are under legal guardianship until the age of 18, but people can apply for a passport, without parental consent, from the age of 17. I’d suggest they should get some specialist immigration advice, however, as there could be complications for immigrating http://iaa.govt.nz/migrant/index.asp — Jarrod

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