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Last updated 17:27 12/12/2013

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Convicted killer Hayden Joseph Taylor has been denied parole.

Taylor, of Helensville, is serving a life sentence for the murder of pregnant teen Nicola Rankin of Huapai in September 1996 and preventive detention for rape and kidnapping.

He was seen by the New Zealand Parole Board today, which declined to release him because it considers he still poses an undue risk to community safety. Taylor will be seen again late next year in accordance with the statutory cycle, the board says. Its full decision is expected to be available shortly.

Nicola's mum, Carol Rankin, who now lives overseas, attended a Parole Board hearing in Wellington earlier in the week. "I'm happy but sad,'' she says. ''It brings back memories and I miss her [Nicola] so much.''

Rankin has been fighting for six years to keep Taylor locked up but says she has been advised Taylor has been working weekdays outside of prison and has had a number of home visits.''I've asked for his home visits to be stopped." 

A bill to cut down the number of parole hearings for a prisoner - many of which are deemed unnecessary - is before Parliament.

The amendment to the Parole Act would see the maximum amount of time allowed between parole hearings to increase from one year to two years.

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- Fairfax Media

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