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Convicted double murderer David Tamihere has been denied parole for an eighth time.

The Parole Board released its latest decision today after a hearing on November 20.

"In short we do not think at the present time a full release on parole would be a safe one for the community," the board said.

Tamihere, 55, has spent nearly 20 years in prison after being convicted for the murders of Swedish tourists Urban Hoglin and Heidi Paakkonen in 1990.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 10 years.

Tamihere had skipped bail for a 1986 rape and was on the run when the murders were committed.

He also has a conviction for the 1972 manslaughter of an Auckland prostitute.

- NZPA