Notorious career criminal Arthur Taylor released from prison

Arthur William Taylor, one of New Zealand's most high-profile prisoners, is free after spending almost 40 years behind bars.

Taylor was granted parole in January 2019. He had been denied parole 19 times prior.

He spent time in prison on 152 convictions, including fraud, burglary, aggravated robbery and drugs offences.

While behind bars, Taylor became known as the "prison lawyer" for leading multiple fights for prisoners' rights.

He has fought for the rights of prisoner to vote and smoke in prison during his time behind bars.

On leaving Waikeria Prison this morning, Taylor yelled from the car he was travelling in that it felt "great" to be free.

He told Newshub he was "sad to be leaving a lot of good guys behind".