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History and Structure
Information kindly provided by the New Zealand Parole Board

The New Zealand Parole Board (NZPB) was established on 30 June 2002, under the Parole Act 2002, and replaced 17 District Prison Boards and the national Parole Board.

It is an independent statutory body, meaning it is not part of the Government, the Department of Corrections, Ministry of Justice, or Police.


Structure

The Board is made up of Judges and non-judicial members and vacancies on the Board are advertised when new members are required and members are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General.

Under the Parole Act 2002, 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 from detention; 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.

    The Board meets in panels of three - generally two non-judicial members and a Judge as convenor - at least once each month at each of the public prisons throughout New Zealand.

    Every three months an extended panel of up to five Board members meets in each region to consider cases involving offenders serving life sentences, preventive detention or long-term determinate sentences (more than seven years).

    All prison inmates must be seen by the Board at least once every 12 months after they have reached their Parole Eligibility Date.

    The Board has three regional offices, Northern Region (in Auckland), Central Region (in Wellington) and Southern Region (in Christchurch).

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The New Zealand Parole Board (NZPB) was established on 30 June 2002, under the Parole Act 2002, and replaced 17 District Prison Boards and the national Parole Board.

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