The man convicted of the murder Lower Hutt schoolgirl Karla Cardno has had his parole hearing adjourned so he can get a lawyer.
Paul Joseph Dally was convicted of murder in 1990 and sentenced to life imprisonment.
He appeared before the Parole Board on 9 November but asked that the hearing be adjourned so he could seek legal advice.
In its decision, the board says Dally has the right under the Bill of Rights to have legal counsel and it doesn't see any other alternative than to adjourn the matter one last time.
It postponed the hearing until February, but warned the convicted killer that that a hearing will take place whether or not he has a lawyer.