Teens need parents to text to get booze

TVNZ News 2 May 2012
Teenagers aged under 18 will need the express consent of their parents through a text message or a phone call to have a drink at a party under the latest alcohol curbs planned by the Government. Justice Minister Judith Collins said yesterday that the Alcohol Reform Bill would be back in Parliament to pass its final stages next month. MPs are already lining up to back an amendment to the bill which would raise the purchase age to 20, and Ms Collins said she would also introduce a Government amendment in the final stages. The bill, which passed its second reading last year, would have required adults giving liquor to minors to understand “on reasonable grounds” that there was parental consent. Collins said the Government now wanted to “tighten that up” so that “express consent” was required. “That’s a text or a phone call or a discussion with a parent,” she said. “Before someone supplies your 16-year-old or your 14-year-old with alcohol, they [will have to] tell you.” Parents of teenagers were “crying out” for some tools in the law to protect their children attending parties where liquor was being drunk, she said. Adults who “knowingly served” liquor would be captured by the law change but not those who failed to stop teenagers getting hold of a drink surreptitiously.

Parents’ text needed before teens drink
TV3 News 2 May 2012
Parents will need to take more responsibility for their teenager’s alcohol  consumption, with a text, phone call or note of consent set to be a requirement  under changes to liquor legislation. The Alcohol Reform Bill is set to have its committee stage next month, with  the Government planning to introduce several changes with a supplementary order  paper, before the bill’s third and final reading… The bill proposes keeping the purchase age at 18 at on-licence venues, such  as restaurants and bars, and raising it to 20 at off-licence retailers, like  liquor stores and supermarkets. Lobby group Family First wants the purchase age raised to 20 for both on- and  off-licences. Opposition parties are critical of the Government’s timing with the  announcement of changes to the bill.