The Parole Board says Teina Pora made the decision not to
talk to the media. Photo: NZ Herald/Sarah Ivey
The Parole Board has moved to clarify Teina Pora's parole
conditions after a Sunday Star-Times article said he had been
Pora was convicted of the murder and rape of Susan Burdett 21
years ago. He says he has been in prison for a crime he did
not commit. He was granted parole in March and released from
prison in April.
He will appeal against the conviction at the Privy Council in
London on November 4 and 5.
One of The Parole Board imposed conditions that Pora must
abide to is to not have any direct or indirect contact with
The Sunday Star-Times article by 3rd Degree journalists
Eugene Bingham and Paula Penfold, who have followed Pora's
case to the Parole Board closely, said Pora's right to
freedom of expression was being denied as long as the Parole
Board decision stood.
The Parole Board sent out two tweets on the subject this
The tweets said "#TeinaPora himself told the Board that he
did not want to speak to media but wanted to live "a normal
life with his family.""
"#TeinaPora his sponsors, lawyer& employer wanted a
condition that supported reintergration without media
The board's chairman Warwick Gendall QC said in a statement
that clarification on Pora's parole conditions had been
"The board's stance is one of openness and transparency as
much as it can, and clarification on how the condition for
preventing Mr Pora from speaking to the media was sought."
The decision of the board on the conditions of Pora's release
said, "We have been particularly concerned about external
issues and pressures that would fall upon Mr Pora by reason
of media exposure and interest. It is clearly the case, as
identified by Community Probation, that this has the
potential to negatively impact upon his reintegration needs.
"There are frequent references in the material before us that
note that Mr Pora is not able to withstand media and
publicity which would inhibit his successful reintegration."
The board said in the decision that Pora's lawyer and he
himself had agreed with the condition not to speak with
- Sophie Ryan of APNZ