A man who murdered his remedial reading teacher two decades ago is being released from prison for the second time.
Stacey Hollyman was 15 when he fatally stabbed Margaret Russell during a lesson in her Havelock North home in 1991.
He was freed in 2004 but sent back to jail the next year for drug-taking and other offending.
The Parole Board says Hollyman, now aged 35, still poses a moderate to high risk of sexual or violent reoffending, has not had temporary releases and has little family support.
But the Board says he has a qualification, more maturity, more confidence and is committed to a drug-free life.
Hollyman will be released in an undisclosed area, where he will undertake a residential rehabilitation programme for up to two years.