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Welcome to the website of the New Zealand Parole Board.

The Board’s role in the Criminal Justice System is to undertake an assessment of the risk that long-term sentenced offenders might pose to the safety of the community if they were to be released before the end of their sentence.  The Board also sets conditions of release for offenders so their reintegration back in to the community can be effectively managed.

Once conditions are set it becomes the responsibility of the Community Probation and Psychological Service to manage the offender.


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

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.

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

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: 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