Age is the primary way children are defined in a legal sense. Different abilities, responsibilities and culpabilities are bestowed at different ages. The definition of a child has changed over time, and it also varies between different laws and policies in place at the same time. This newspaper clipping from 1872 explains that a child of seven is treated as an adult when it comes to running a bank account.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Timaru Herald, 5 February 1972, p. 4
Permission of the National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.