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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. 


Statement: Parole Board and Corrections Department have distinct but complementary roles

The Board cannot release an offender on parole unless we are satisfied that they will not pose an undue risk to the safety of the community during the remainder of their sentence. In declining parole the board may identify or endorse steps to be taken in custody which would enhance an offender's safe release .


However the day to day management of offenders and decisions about their eligibility for and the timing of their participation in rehabilitative and re-integrative activities are properly the responsibility of the Department. We accept that in order to engage in particular activities an offender must attain a specific security classification. While we work closely with the Department we have distinct but complementary roles .


Statement:The NZ Parole Board does not determine guilt or innocence of offenders, that is a matter for the Courts.  The Board’s role is to determine whether an offender if released creates an undue risk to the safety of the community.


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