A serial paedophile who has abused children around the world will continue to be monitored 24/7 after losing an appeal in New Zealand's highest court.

Glenn Roderick Holland, a 72-year-old from Auckland, has a history of sex offending and possessing child pornography dating back to 1988.

In 2012, he became one of the first New Zealanders to be convicted of committing a crime against children overseas.

He was sentenced at Auckland District Court for taking photographs in a Moscow apartment of a 7-year-old girl in a sexual position with a man.

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The court heard at the time that Holland had travelled widely and built a career out of taking sexually provocative pictures of young girls, taking advantage of lax child protection laws in some European countries including Russia and Germany.

He has a long history of taking provocative photographs of young girls, as well as of sexual offending against models.

He was sentenced in 1988 to two years' jail in Australia for sexually assaulting a young girl he had with him for a photographic modelling assignment.

He returned to New Zealand in 1994, and four years later an Auckland judge ruled he did not cross a legal line in taking pictures of two young sisters wearing suspenders, underwear, and showing a breast through a filmy garment.

In his defence, Holland said he had photographed girls for 20 years in an artistic, not a sexual way.

In February last year, a judge imposed a 10-year extended supervision order on Holland which meant he would be monitored around the clock.

But Holland appealed the decision to the Court of Appeal, and then, to the Supreme Court.

He claimed that the order should not have been made because he did not have a "pervasive pattern of serious sexual offending".

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The Supreme Court judges, however, disagreed and rejected his arguments.

The judges also noted that while Holland was subject to an interim supervision order, he and an associate, who was also a convicted child sex offender, approached a 12-year-old girl at a shopping mall.

Holland asked whether she would like to participate in a recording contract opportunity. He met the girl's parents to discuss photographing her.

After researching Holland and learning of his criminal background, the girl's parents reported him to the police.

On a search of Holland's home more objectionable images were found.