New Zealand Law

In New Zealand your right as an individual is protected by a broad range of laws. The laws may be different from where you come from.

Here is a useful link to learning more about your rights.


Legally Drinking

You can legally consume alcohol in New Zealand from the age of 18 years.

It is illegal for any person with a liquor license to sell or supply alcoholic beverages to anyone under 18 years of age.

Carey’s policy states that the campus is a “dry site” which means alcohol is not to be consumed on the premises at any time.


Smoking Tobacco

It is not illegal to smoke tobacco in New Zealand however the Smokefree Environments Legislation requires all workplaces and public areas to be smokefree.

More information here


Taking Drugs

Using illicit drugs is illegal in New Zealand. This includes smoking, inhaling fumes, injecting and ingesting or otherwise introducing a drug of dependence into a person’s body (NZ Police).

This link from the New Zealand Police outlines what drugs are illicit and what the consequences are.


Age of Consent

The Age of Consent in New Zealand is 16 years old. Age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity.