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Welcome to the website of the New Zealand Parole Board.

The New Zealand Parole Board (the Board) is an independent statutory body that considers offenders, (serving a prison sentence of more than two years), for release on parole, compassionate release and release at their statutory or final release date.

When making decisions about, or in any way relating to the release of an offender, the most important consideration for the Board in every case is the safety of the community.


The Annual Report 2016 | PDF (7.2MB) has been tabled in Parliament. Some highlights below:

For the 2015/6 year the number of hearings and offenders that were seen remained similar to 2014/15. The Board saw 4,896 offenders in 2015/16 with 8,074 hearings (of all types) in total.

Due to changes to the Parole Act 2002 in the 2015 Amendment Act, the Board now has discretion to routinely set a future hearing up to two years following the last hearing, rather than on an annual cycle. When the Board sees an offender on a sentence of 10 years, life or preventive detention the Board can postpone the next hearing for up to five years. Another additional responsibility is the Board can now specify the activities an offender is required to complete as part of their rehabilitation. These are considered and implemented by the Department of C orrections as part of offender management. The changes allow the Board to give offenders longer periods to undertake and complete rehabilitation and reintegration programmes. One positive effect is that registered victims are not required to make submissions as often.

Offenders are able to apply for hearings earlier than the date specified by the Board. The 2015/16 year showed a consistent volume of such applications with previous years.

Victims are now advised that the hearing outcome will be released, to avoid the very real stress that unexpected media coverage can create.

40 Hearing Postponement Orders were made in 2015/16
- 5 for two years made prior to 1 September 2015
- 22 for three years
- 3 for four years
- 10 for five years

Parole is a journey from: incarceration to the community; criminal to prosocial attitudes and behaviour. The leaf motif and colour choices used in this report aim to symbolise this journey. The colour of the leaf changes as the seasons change, offenders need to develop and grow in similar ways. The creative work, design and publication of this document was undertaken by prisoners at Rimutaka Prison Print Shop, a New Zealand Department of Corrections’ facility and demonstrates the level of talent and skill that can be unlocked.

Decisions of Public Interest

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 media with information on its policies and operations in a timely and transparent manner.

Media wanting information or a decision outcome can contact:
(Communication Manager)
Or Tel: 021 714209

Non media should contact Tel: 0800 727 653 or


For media requesting a decision on a particular offender, complete the Request for New Zealand Parole Board Decision form [pdf v5.1;270kb], which may be emailed or posted to