Kōrero: Childhood

The age of childhood

The age of childhood

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.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Timaru Herald, 5 February 1972, p. 4

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Childhood - Defining childhood', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/document/26262/the-age-of-childhood (accessed 28 May 2022)

He kōrero nā Kerryn Pollock, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Dec 2018