Young people in licensed premises

New Zealand has the following designations of who may be in what area of a licensed premise:

  • Restricted: No one under 18 years may be on that part of the premises unless they are employed to prepare or serve a meal, clean or repair etc, remove or replace equipment, stocktake, check or remove cash.
     
  • Supervised: No one under 18 years may be on that part of the premises unless they are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian, or are employed to sell or supply alcohol, or to prepare or serve a meal, clean or repair etc, remove or replace equipment, stocktake, check or remove cash.  Someone under 18 can only be employed to provide entertainment when accompanied by the individual's parent or legal guardian. Most bars are designated as supervised.
     
  • Undesignated: Anyone of any age can be on that part of the premises. Minors (under-18s) can be employed to sell or supply alcohol, provide entertainment, or to prepare or serve a meal, clean or repair etc, remove or replace equipment, stocktake, check or remove cash.  Most restaurants and club premises are undesignated.

Alcohol cannot be sold to a person under 18 under any circumstance.