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MANIHERA - Symon George - 16/12/2015


Parole hearing

Under section 21(1) of the Parole Act 2002


Symon George MANIHERA

Hearing: 16 December 2015 via AVL from NZPB Head Office, (withheld) to (withheld) Prison

Members of the Board: 
        Hon. MA Frater – Panel Convenor
        Mr N Trendle 
        Assoc. Prof. P Brinded
        Mr A Shaw

Counsel:  (withheld)

In attendance:  (withheld) (Corrections – Psychologist)

Support People:  (withheld)


1. We saw Symon George Manihera again today in connection with parole.

2. This is his 20th year in custody.  During that time Mr Manihera has endeavoured to address the issues which brought him to prison.  They are detailed in previous decisions.

3. He last appeared before the Board on 11 September.  While the Board noted the slow but positive progress Mr Manihera was making towards release, in the event, they were not satisfied that his release plan was robust enough to release him on parole at that stage. However, they gave him the opportunity to do more work on it, and he and his supporters have done so.

4. In the intervening period there has been a further reintegration meeting.  As a result, the details of Mr Manihera’s plan and the roles and availability of his support network have been firmed up. However, the most important development is that in November (withheld) secured permanent accommodation for Mr Manihera.  It is at (withheld). It has been available and Mr Manihera has been paying rental on it since 19 November.  It is a two bedroom property. It is available long term.  (withheld) has furnished it, even down to the linen and bedding.  Community Corrections have deemed it suitable for release purposes.

5. Although Mr Manihera does not have confirmed employment on release, he has been advised by his former Release to Work employer, (withheld), that they will be signing on new staff in January and would look favourably on an application by him.  It is seasonal work.  We understand the season continues at least until June.

6. Mr Manihera has formed a good relationship with both his prospective Probation Officer, (withheld), and his treating psychologist, (withheld).  (withheld) is able to continue to work with Mr Manihera post release.  In addition, Mr Manihera has been assured of support from(withheld), (withheld) and (withheld), who all live within two minutes drive of the (withheld) property; by (withheld), who lives in (withheld), by the prison chaplain, (withheld); by a (withheld) in(withheld); and, further afield, by his , who lives in (withheld)Mr Manihera has a realistic view of release.  We are satisfied that he will seek support. 

7. We are also satisfied that he has distanced himself from the Black Power gang which he was associated with when he committed his index offence.  To that end he is in the process of having his facial tattoos removed. He has already had gang related tattoos removed.

8. Two weeks ago Mr Manihera was moved from the inner to the outer Self Care Unit and tomorrow he will start on Release to Work.  This is a short term contract. It will terminate in mid February. At the same time Mr Manihera will continue to undertake escorted temporary releases to assist with the shopping for his unit. He has also had one escorted outing to view the property being rented on his behalf.

9. In the circumstances we are satisfied that Mr Manihera’s assessed moderate risk of general and violent re-offending can be mitigated and managed in the community if he is released subject to the conditions which we will impose.

10. Accordingly, he will be released on parole on (withheld) 2016.

11. He will, of course, be subject to the standard conditions set out in section 14 of the Parole Act 2002 for life.  Unless otherwise specified, he will also be subject to the following special conditions for five years post release.

12. We have included a condition prohibiting Mr Manihera from entering the (withheld) region. It will be monitored by GPS.  At this stage the only limit on the duration of that condition is the term of the special conditions.  However, we anticipate that it will be discharged or reviewed earlier.  When that happens can be determined at the next or any subsequent monitoring hearing.  We are requiring Mr Manihera to attend a monitoring hearing because of the nature of his crime, his former gang association, the time he has spent in prison, and the relatively limited opportunity he has had to familiarise himself with the (withheld) area.

13. The special conditions are:
    (1) To attend for a psychological treatment/counselling as directed by your Probation Officer to the satisfaction of your Probation Officer and treatment provider.
    (2) To undertake an assessment for alcohol and drug counselling if directed by your Probation Officer and undertake any recommended treatment/counselling to the satisfaction of your Probation Officer and treatment provider.
    (3) To reside at(withheld) and not to move from that or any other approved address without the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.
    (4) To notify your Probation Officer prior to starting, terminating or changing your position or place of employment.
    (5) Not to have contact or otherwise associate with the family of the victim of your offending, directly or indirectly, unless you have the prior written consent of your Probation Officer.
    (6) Not to travel to the region of Taranaki, as identified by the Local Government Act boundaries, unless you have the prior written consent of your Probation Officer.
    (7) Not to communicate or associate with members of the Black Power gang, unless you have the prior written consent of your Probation Officer.
    (8) Not to contact or otherwise associate with your co-offenders, unless you have the prior written consent of your Probation Officer.
    (9) To comply with the requirements of electronic monitoring, and provide access to the approved residence to the Probation Officer and representatives of the monitoring company, for the purpose of maintaining the electronic monitoring equipment as directed by the Probation Officer.
    (10)To submit to electronic monitoring in the form of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology as directed by a Probation Officer in order to monitor your compliance with any condition(s) relating to your whereabouts and, when issued a mobile cell phone device by the Department, to carry and keep it charged and turned on at all times and to answer it for the purpose of communications with the Probation Officer.
    (11)Not to possess or consume alcohol or illicit drugs.  
    (12)To attend a hearing in June 2016, notified to you in writing and in accordance with any directions given by the New Zealand Parole Board to enable the New Zealand Parole Board to monitor your compliance with your release conditions.



Hon. MA Frater
Panel Convenor