Become a member

The New Zealand Parole Board has about 40 members, most of whom are community members from diverse backgrounds.

Membership vacancies are periodically advertised online by the Ministry of Justice.

Appointments are then made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General.

Under the Parole Act, the Attorney-General must be satisfied members have:

  • knowledge or understanding of the criminal justice system; and
  • the ability to make a balanced and reasonable assessment of the risk an offender may present to the community when released; and
  • the ability to operate effectively with people from a range of cultures; and
  • sensitivity to, and understanding of, the impact of crime on victims.

Members are appointed to the Board for a term of up to three years and may be reappointed any number of times.