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Welcome to the New Zealand Parole Board.

The Parole Board is an independent statutory body that considers if offenders serving more than two years in prison pose an undue risk, or can be given a managed release into the community subject to conditions.

People on parole are subject to monitoring, backed by recall to prison, if their conditions aren't met.

The Board also considers applications for compassionate release, and sets conditions for offenders nearing the end of their sentence, so their community reintegration can be effectively managed.

When making decisions about or in any way relating to the release of an offender, community safety is the Board's paramount consideration.


Year in review: a total of 7,739 hearings were held for 4,711 offenders in the last reporting year. Read more in the New Zealand Parole Board's latest Annual Report | PDF (1.2MB)

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Contact Us

To find out any information about the Board, or communicate with the administrators, please contact:

PO Box 939
Tel: 0800 727 653
Tel: 04-495-8400

For offenders, supporters, victims, researchers or other interested people requesting information

Media Contact

The New Zealand Parole Board is committed to providing journalists with information on its operations in a timely and transparent manner.

Media wanting information or a decision can contact:

Communications Manager: Tim Graham
04 495 8423 or 021 769 849

Non media should contact Tel: 0800 727 653 or