Alcohol and Schools

There is good evidence to show that exposure to adult drinking in childhood increases the risk of hazardous drinking by teenagers. Teenage drinking patterns not only mirror those of their parents and caregivers but also that of their community. It is because of this that Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand, Te Matau a Māui Hawke's Bay believe that alcohol and schools do not mix.

Are you a school wanting to manage alcohol in your school community? We have a number of guides to help you, including how to develop a Host Responsibility Policy for your school.

Alcohol and fundraisers

We have developed a Healthy Events and Fundraising guide for schools, providing lots of creative ideas for fundraising and events that don’t involve alcohol.

Are you hosting a fundraising event and want to make alcohol available? There are some rules that you should know. For example:

  • Did you know that you cannot offer alcohol as a prize for a raffle or as a spot prize?
  • Did you know that you need a special license to sell alcohol through an auction (including a blind auction or silent auction)?

Find out more about donating alcohol auction and raffles