Individual compensation claims

Information about some compensation claims has been publicly released.

Teina Pora

Teina Pora was convicted in 1994, and again in 2000, on charges of murder, sexual violation by rape and aggravated burglary. In March 2015 the Privy Council quashed his convictions and did not order a retrial. He received $2,520,949 as compensation for his wrongful conviction and imprisonment.

Read the Cabinet papers:

Hon Rodney Hansen CNZM QC's report on innocence [PDF, 9 MB]

Hon Rodney Hansen CNZM QC's report on quantum [PDF, 9 MB]

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Aaron Lance Farmer

Aaron Farmer was convicted of sexual violation and served approximately 2 years, 3 months of his sentence.  He received a total payment of $351,575 in compensation.

Read the Cabinet papers and Hon Robert Fisher QC's reports from 2010 and 2011:

Hon Robert Fisher QC's report for Ministry of Justice on compensation claim by Aaron Lance Farmer, 25 February 2010 [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Cabinet paper 'Compensation for a wrongly convicted and imprisoned individual', 24 April 2010 [PDF, 745 KB]

Cabinet paper 'Compensation for a wrongly convicted and imprisoned individual', 5 March 2011 [PDF, 635 KB]

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Phillip Johnston and Jaden Knight

Phillip Johnston and Jaden Knight were convicted of arson and spent approximately nine and a half months in prison. They received payments of $146,011 and $221,936 (respectively) in compensation.

Read the Cabinet papers:

Cabinet paper and Cabinet minute February 2010 [PDF, 856 KB]

Cabinet paper March 2011 and Cabinet minute April 2011 [PDF, 865 KB]

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David Bain

David Bain was convicted of murder and spent just under 12 years in prison.  His claim for compensation has not been decided yet.

Read the Cabinet papers and reports of Justice Binnie and Hon Robert Fisher QC:

Justice Binnie's Report [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Justice Binnie's amended report [PDF, 1.4 MB]

Justice Binnie's further amended report [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Appendices Table of Contents [PDF, 124 KB]

Appendices A through E [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Appendices F through J [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Response from Justice Binnie [PDF, 106 KB]

Report of Robert Fisher QC [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Cabinet paper on next steps on David Bain’s claim [PDF, 392 KB]

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