Violent offender Kino Hoki Matete declined parole
The country's most violent female offender has been declined parole because she still poses a high risk of reoffending.
Kino Hoki Matete, 34, has been serving preventive detention since 2006, the only woman to be given the open-ended sentence, after scalding a fellow prison inmate at Wellington's Arohata Prison.
Prior to that she'd racked up 13 violent offence convictions, including attacking a friend with a crowbar, wounding with an axe and assaulting a prison officer.
Matete was declined parole last month and in a decision released today panel convener Marion Frater said she had more rehabilitative work to do before she could be released.
Although Matete hadn't been involved in any violent prison incidents in two years she had been abusive toward prison staff on two occasions.
"She is obviously disappointed in herself," Frater said in her decision.
Matete had been going to the gym regularly and aimed to get her fork-hoist drivers license this month, Frater noted.
She said Matete was assessed as posing a high risk of reoffending and Matete acknowledged this and didn't seek release.
"She accepts that she has more work to do before she can safely be paroled, and we agree," the decision said.