Hirini Desmond TE RUNA 21/10/2021

Parole Hearing

Under section 21(2) of the Parole Act 2002

Conditions hearing

Under section 18(2) (SRD) of the Parole Act 2002

Hirini Desmond TE RUNA

Hearing:                                            21 October 2021

at Auckland South Corrections Facility via MS Teams

Members of the Board:                    Judge J P Gittos (Panel Convenor)

Mr A Hackney

In attendance:                                                                  (Case Manager)

Amended:                                         15 November 2021 (paragraph 4)


  1. Hirini Desmond Te Runa is a 29-year-old man serving a sentence of six years and four months imposed upon him for violent offending. There was an initial sentence of two years and 10 months for violent offending. He then engaged in a serious attack on a prisoner in the prison setting which resulted in a cumulative sentence of three years and six months being imposed. This total six year, four-month sentence is coming to an end on 7 December 2021.
  2. He has a history of some six pages of notations including 16 priors for violence. This was a second strike offence so he has no parole eligibility and must serve the full sentence. Unfortunately, a combination of poor behaviour leading to high security rating and an unwillingness to transfer prisons for programmes has left him in the situation of not carrying out any of the scheduled rehabilitation that was planned for his sentence.This included a STURP programme and the DTP.
  3. The only rehabilitation that he is able to undertake at this point is a series of one-on-one sessions with the psychologist, which commenced some two weeks ago, and which will be ongoing. Today’s Board hearing is limited to the matter of setting release conditions.
  4. He is to be released at sentence end date subject to the following conditions, all of which are to prevail for 6 months past sentence end date, apart from the curfew which was to be from 10 pm to 6 am for the first three months after his release only.
  5. The Special Conditions are:

(1) To reside at an address approved in writing by a Probation Officer, and not move from that address unless you have the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.

(2) For three months from your release to be at your approved address between the hours of 10:00pm and 06:00am daily unless you have the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.

(3) To attend an alcohol and drug assessment, and attend, participate in and complete any treatment or counselling directed by a Probation Officer.

(4) Not to possess, use, or consume alcohol, controlled drugs or psychoactive substances except controlled drugs prescribed for you by a health professional.

(5) To attend an assessment for a departmental programme/ motivational programme namely SMCA or Tikanga programme, and attend, participate in and adhere to the rules of the programme/maintenance group as directed by a Probation Officer.

(6) To attend a reintegration meeting (Whanau Hui) as directed by a Probation Officer.

(7) Not to communicate or associate, directly or indirectly, with any person known to you to associate with the Black Power or Manga Kaha gang unless you have the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.

(8) Not to have contact or otherwise associate, with any victim of your offending, [including previous offending] directly or indirectly, unless you have the prior written approval of a Probation Officer.

(9) To disclose to a Probation Officer, at the earliest opportunity, details of any intimate relationship which commences, resumes, or terminates.

(10) To attend a psychological assessment and attend, participate in and complete any recommended treatment as directed by a Probation Officer.

(11) To obtain the written approval of a Probation Officer before starting or changing your position and/or place of employment (including voluntary and unpaid work). To notify a Probation Officer if you leave your position of employment.

"Please note you may be required to undergo a drug or alcohol test and or submit to drug or alcohol monitoring."

This decision has been issued following consideration of parole in accordance with the provisions of The Epidemic Preparedness (Epidemic Management - COVID-19 - Parole Act 2002 and Sentencing Act 2002) Notice 2020 which activates section 13A of the Parole Act 2002. There has been a hearing conducted by two members and their roles as Panel Convenor and Panel Member. All of the usual material provided for this hearing has been considered, and there has been a Video conference, discussion involving the panel, the offender and case management.

Judge J P Gittos

Panel Convenor