Lisa Michelle Kuka. Photo: NZ Herald
The mother of tortured Rotorua three-year-old Nia Glassie
has had her parole revoked by the Parole Board.
Lisa Michelle Kuka was granted parole last month because the
board said she no longer posed an undue risk to the
She was due to be released on April 7.
But today it released a decision revoking that ruling, based
on information it had received from the Corrections
Department on February 28.
Details of that information were not known.
"We direct that Ms Kuka be scheduled to see the Parole Board
again as soon as practicable," the board said.
Kuka started her nine-year sentence for the manslaughter of
her daughter on February 4, 2009.
Her then partner, Wiremu Curtis, and his brother Michael were
sentenced to life imprisonment for the little girl's murder.
Nia Glassie died on August 3, 2007, from head injuries after
being repeatedly kicked.
She had been subjected to ongoing abuse, usually when her
mother was out at work, including being put in a clothes
dryer, hung on a clothesline and spun around, used in
wrestling moves, having objects thrown at her and being
subjected to cold baths.
Kuka did not take Nia to hospital, and was found guilty of
manslaughter on the basis she failed in her duties as a
parent protect her and provide care.
When the board granted Kuka parole, it said she had completed
several programmes while in prison and had worked on the
external grounds crew and was regarded as an exemplary
More recently she had been engaged with the "release to work"
programme for several months.
"Her behaviour is described in exemplary terms," the earlier
A psychological report assessed her as being at a low risk of
reoffending and the board said she had made "significant
progress" over the latter half of her sentence.
Nia was the youngest of Kuka's six children. Her death
appalled the nation and prompted calls for more to be done to
combat child abuse.
- Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ