Serial killer Hayden Poulter denied parole after 20 years in prison
New Zealand's first serial killer is to be kept behind bars for another year after being declined parole.
Hayden Tyrone Poulter has been in jail for 20 years, after being imprisoned for life for the murder of three people in 1996, and the attempted murder of a fourth person.
Poulter was a construction worker in Mangere, Auckland when he raped and killed young Karangahape Rd sex worker Natacha Hogan.
The body of Hogan, nicknamed Twiggy by her friends, was found at a Symonds St cemetery in Auckland city.
A week later Poulter went on to kill Herbert Norris, a massage parlour owner, and one of the parlour workers Ladda Nimphet.
He also tried to kill fellow worker Angkhana Chaisamret.
Poulter is now 55 and has been consistently denied release by the Parole Board.
At a hearing in May Poulter said he wouldn't be seeking release and asked the board to consider him again in three to six months.
However the board said further reintegration work would take at least six months, and ordered he be considered again in May 2018.
At his last hearing, in 2016, the board said he needed to be tested in various settings to ensure he was ready to be released.
So far Poulter had completed various short outings into the community, including an optometrist's appointment, the board's decision - released Friday- said.
"Since then Mr Poulter has begun the reintegrative journey," the board said.
"He remains in the inner Self Care Unit and it is working on release to work as a construction labourer with civilian contractors undertaking building upgrades within the prison.
"He has just recently begun working with a psychologist on planning around relationships and future intimate encounters. He believes these sessions are going well and that there will be a number more before a treatment report is provided."
After his arrest in 1996 Poulter said an alter ego called 'hell' had made him commit the murders.
In 2015 Poulter told the Parole Board he accepted his crime and wanted to apologise, but the board wasn't convinced of his remorse at the time.