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Welcome to the website of the New Zealand Parole Board.

The Board’s role in the Criminal Justice System is encourage offenders serving over two years to not reoffend when they are released into the community.  The motivation for offenders to not reoffend is managed by the possibility of Parole; focussing offenders on rehabilitation and better behaviour. Release on Parole, with monitoring backed by recall to prison if they don't meet their conditions, provides real incentives to not reoffend.  The Board meets with offenders from their Parole eligibility date and assesses the risk they 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 Corrections; Probation and Psychological Service to manage the offender.


The Board Deputy Chair Marion Frater was honoured in the 2017 New Years Honours' list with a Companion of The New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for her services to the judiciary.  She has served on the Parole Board since 2007 and her honour reflects her long career of distinguished service.

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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