Legal ages for activities in New Zealand

Andy

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Here are the legal ages for activities in NZ:

Activity nameAge in years
Leaving a child alone in your house14
A babysitter’s minimum age14
Buying alcohol18
Buying cigarettes18
Getting a restricted driving licence16
Getting a full driving licence17
Cohabitation16
Getting engaged to be marriedAny age
Getting married or having a civil union (with parents’ permission)16
Getting married or having a civil union (without parents’ permission)18
Sex16
Starting school (earliest age)5
Starting school (latest age)6
Starting school (latest age if the child must walk more than 3 km to school)7
Leaving school (earliest age)16
The right to free education ends19
Can be prosecuted for murder or manslaughter10
Can be prosecuted for any criminal offence14
Joining the Police force18
Opening a cheque account/borrowing money18
Getting a tattoo16
Can vote in local body and general elections18
Can be legally independent of parents’ guardianship18
Becoming an adult (in law)20

I hope this table is useful. Cheers 🥂
 
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