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Chariperson Justice J W Gendall

Welcome to the New Zealand Parole Board
The New Zealand Parole Board (the Board) is an independent statutory body that considers offenders, who are serving a sentence of more than two years in prison, 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. 

Offenders Released on Parole are subject to standard and often special conditions and they can be recalled to serve their sentence. Where an offender has completed their full sentence they are Released on Conditions and they can't be recalled.


The new Board members appointed in 2015 have been appointed and are now trained and involved in hearings

New Zealand Parole Board Annual Report 2014/15 | PDF (1.4MB) was tabled in Parliament on 23 September 2015

Victims' Code

The NZ Parole Board supports and adheres to the NZ Victims' Code developed by the Ministry of Justice.
The Victims' Code has been developed to improve the responsiveness and accountability of justice sector agencies to victims. See more here.

Decisions of Public Interest

Contact Us

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

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.

To find out any information about the Board, or to request a copy of a decision, please email your enquiry to
(Communication Manager)
Or Telephone: 021 769 849