Teina Pora's $2.5 million compensation package for wrongful imprisonment will increase to match inflation, incoming Justice Minister Andrew Little has confirmed today.
Little told Radio New Zealand's Morning Report the Labour-led government would not appeal the decision for Mr Pora's compensation to match inflation.
Mr Pora was wrongfully convicted of the 1992 rape and murder of Susan Burdett, spending 20-years in jail, with the conviction quashed in 2015.
Mr Pora was compensated $2.5m, but that figure was not adjusted to inflation. Earlier this year the New Zealand High Court found it was an error in not adding inflation.
"The High Court has now said that the government must do that, so we will do that," Mr Little said.
Mr Little said he was obliged to look at contrary recommendations when he becomes Justice Minister.
"But I'm equally obliged by the High Court ruling to now consider the issue of adjusting for compensation," he told Morning Report.