The recurrent topic of teenagers and alcohol will be thrashed
out at a series of talks in Queenstown, Wanaka and Cromwell
The sessions are being organised and supported by several
organisations, including Queenstown's Youth Access to Alcohol
Yata member Ann Fowler said the sessions were all about
supporting parents and providing them with information, but
anyone in the community, especially those supplying young
people with alcohol, was welcome to attend.
From December 18 last year, new laws on supplying alcohol to
under-18s came into effect in New Zealand. From now on people
cannot supply alcohol to someone under the age of 18 unless
the person supplying is the parent, legal guardian or has the
express consent of the young person's parent or legal
The alcohol must be supplied in a responsible manner. People
face fines of up to $2000 if they do not follow the law.
First speaker Nathan Mikaere-Wallis, of Christchurch, will
discuss research on alcohol and drugs in the teenage years.
Mr Mikaere-Wallis has a professional background in child
counselling, teaching and social service management.
He serves on several boards, including Brainwave,
Cholmondeley Children's Home, the Champion Centre and Big
Brothers and Sisters.
The first of the talks, ''On the same wavelength as your
teenager'', will be held in Wanaka on February 10 at 7.30pm
at the Wanaka Community Centre and in Queenstown on February
11 at 7.30pm at Wakatipu High School.
The Cromwell session will be held during school hours.