how much time do you have to serve before eligible for parole
A person’s access to parole starts in court. When imposing a prison sentence, a judge or magistrate will decide if a convicted person will be eligible to apply for parole in accordance with the legislation.
If a prisoner’s sentence allows for the possibility of parole, they will be given a date on which they become eligible to be considered. In the case of sentences of four years or less, a prisoner is required to serve at least half that period in custody before being eligible to be released on parole. For sentences in excess of four years, a prisoner is eligible to be released on parole when they get to within two years of their end date. They are not allowed to be released any time before this date.
If granted parole, the New Zealand Parole Board must impose at least standard release conditions and it may also impose special conditions on the offender.
Unless the court has imposed a longer minimum non-parole period, all offenders serving sentences of more than two years become eligible for parole after serving one-third of their sentence.