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Teina Pora seeks further compensation

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/11/2016

Teina Pora, who was granted $2.5 million compensation after twice being wrongly convicted of murder, is now seeking a review of the government's decision not to add inflation to his payout.

Mr Pore spent 21 years behind bars after being convicted in 1994 and again in 2000 of the murder of Susan Burdett.

He was released in March last year after the Privy Council quashed his conviction.

Private Investigator Tim McKinnel, who has advocated on Mr Pora's behalf, confirmed proceedings were filed in the High Court at Wellington on Wednesday.

"We've had a few months to consider it and we've gone back to Teina and he reiterated his desire for us to seek a fair outcome," Mr McKinnel told NZ Newswire.

"Our advice at this point is it has not been fair. It's not just our view, it's also the view of Justice Hansen who made the initial recommendation."

High Court judge Rodney Hansen said to not take into account an additional sum for inflation would be anomalous and unjust.

But Justice Minister Amy Adams decided not to provide an adjustment for inflation in the lump sum payout.

Initially Mr Pora's supporters put forward a figure of $38,000 for each year spent in jail, but Mr McKinnel on Wednesday said they were happy to determine the amount in "a fair and transparent way".

"We do think inflation should be applied. If not, then each year spent in jail is worth less and less to him and that's not right," he said.

Mr McKinnel said the first hearing could be as early as next month, but said they were open to discussions with the government that could lead to a potential settlement.

A spokeswoman for Ms Adams said she was unable to comment because the matter is before the courts.

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