Laws on dating a minor in australia
Although age of consent laws in New Zealand (as with most other western countries) are currently severe, consensual relationships between adults and young teens are usually not prosecuted unless the parent or child complain about it.Contraceptives in New Zealand are not age restricted and are available to people under 16.
Even with a complaint, it is still up to police discretion and if the age difference is small it is rarely prosecuted, with family group conferences being the more likely option.
The ages of consent for sexual activity vary by jurisdiction across Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, ranging from age 15 to age 18.
The specific activity engaged in or the gender of its participants can also be affected by the law.
There was an attempt to formalise this under law in 2004, however this was abandoned after a public outcry.
Before 2005, there was no law in New Zealand prohibiting any form of sexual relationship between adult women and male minors.