An Auckland tattooist has been convicted and fined for inking a minor without first getting written permission from their parents.
It is the first prosecution of its kind by the Auckland Council under a local bylaw, the Health and Hygiene Bylaw 2013.
Aaron Vandenberg, 30, entered a guilty plea and was convicted on May 22 in the Auckland District Court and ordered to pay reparation of $350 and court costs of $130.
He was a tattoo artist at Ink on Tattoo 75, in Queen St.
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The teen had claimed to be 19 years old but no proof of age was requested.
Court documents show Auckland Council solicitor Vivian-Lee Rewi charged Vandenberg with failing to obtain written permission from a parent or guardian for a person under 18 before tattooing them - as required under the bylaw.
The maximum penalty for the breach is a fine of $20,000.
Auckland Council's environmental health manager Mervyn Chetty said in a statement that an investigation began after a complaint relating to a child obtaining a tattoo without the appropriate consent at the Queen St studio.
Hyun Ok Kim, the operator/director of Ink on Tattoo 75, was also charged over the matter but was granted an administrative adjournment until a court hearing next month when it is expected she will enter a plea.