Wed
28
Mar
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Former Hells Angels Whanganui president Shane Bullock dies after being hit by car

Former Hells Angels Whanganui president Shane Bullock has died after he was hit by a car while riding his motorbike in Porirua.

He was rushed to hospital with a broken pelvis and sternum after being hit on Thursday.

Though he was due to have surgery on Tuesday, he passed away on Monday morning.

Bullock had been part of the Hells Angels gang for 26 years.

Hundreds of people are expected to flock to Whanganui for the funeral this weekend.

His son Jack told NZME Bullock was a "big cuddly family guy" and "a big bad ass".

His daughter Hazel said that she could not imagine life without him, and Jack said she was "Dad's little princess".

 

Sun
25
Mar
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Police presence boosted as Hells Angels roll through Nelson

(video)---A large group of Hells Angels taking part in the annual poker run in Nelson were largely well behaved, police say.

The sight and sound of motorcycles in convoy was hard to miss in the Nelson region as the annual one-day Sun City Poker Run took more than 100 riders, along a circuit based around State Highway 6 on Saturday.

Nelson Bays area commander Inspector Mat Arnold-Kelly said the poker run was something that police anticipated every year, with extra staff brought in to increase police presence during the ride.

Mon
12
Mar
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Rebels gang members admit organised crime and drugs charges

Four members of the Rebels motorcycle club have admitted being members of an organised criminal group that was dealing methamphetamine and cannabis in Christchurch.

Raids on the gang's headquarters in Vagues Rd, Papanui, in 2016, found firearms, 38 grams of methamphetamine, 300g of cannabis, and $35,000, Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier told the Christchurch District Court as the group pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

"The Rebels motorcycle gang had as one of their objectives to deal in drugs, notably methamphetamine and cannabis, for profit," she said.

Inside the Rebels' gang pad in Vagues Rd, Christchurch.

Inside the Rebels' gang pad in Vagues Rd, Christchurch.

Tue
20
Feb
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Patched Black Power member attacks 63-year-old busker in broad daylight

A 63-year-old man known to use a mobility scooter has become the latest victim of a brutal bashing at the hands of Black Power members in Taranaki.

The man, who was understood to have been wearing a faded Mongrel Mob t-shirt at the time, was seriously assaulted in an unprovoked attack by a patched member of the rival gang about 2.15pm near the intersection of Queen and McLean streets in Waitara on February 16.

The victim, who is a well-known busker, was taken to Taranaki Base Hospital where he received medical treatment for his injuries and was later discharged.

Sat
17
Feb
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'Stronger and stronger' - Australia's most dangerous gang the Comancheros open New Zealand chapter

Police say it was "inevitable" the Comanchero gang would open a chapter in New Zealand after 14 patched members deported from Australia.

Musclebound and riding gold-plated motorcycles, Australia's most dangerous gang have made a bold statement about "growing stronger and stronger" in New Zealand.

There have been 14 patched members of the Comancheros - whose former president Mick Hawi was gunned down in cold blood this week - deported to New Zealand under harsh immigration laws introduced in Australia.

They are among the hundreds of deportees, nicknamed "501s" because of the section of the immigration law created by Australian politician Peter Dutton, removed on "good character" grounds and sent to New Zealand where they were born.

Sun
11
Feb
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Armed offenders squad cut through gang pad fence to rescue victim of alleged kidnap

The loud whine of an angle-grinder cutting through a corrugated iron fence is how residents were alerted to a police raid on a gang pad in their Napier neighbourhood.

The Hawke's Bay armed offenders squad cut its way into the Ahuriri property, home to the local Outlaws Motorcycle Gang, on Saturday morning.

A Bluff Hill resident alerted by the noise went to his window and saw about 11 police cars in the vicinity of the Kenny Ave property, as the squad smashed through the fence.

Police raid the Outlaws Motorcycle gang property on Kenny Ave., Napier, to rescue the victim of an alleged kidnapping.
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Police raid the Outlaws Motorcycle gang property on Kenny Ave., Napier, to rescue the victim of an alleged kidnapping.

Wed
07
Feb
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Police arrest gang members after "violent confrontation"

Police have arrested a number of gang members after a brawl between rival groups at a South Taranaki pub.

On Sunday January 28, members of the Black Power clashed with members of the Rebels motorcycle gang at Manaia's Waimate Hotel.

It's alleged three patched members of the Rebels stopped at the hotel and were attacked by a group of Black Power members soon after they arrived.

Acting Detective Sergeant Heath Karlson described the incident as a "violent confrontation".

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Fri
29
Dec
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Concern over new Comanchero gang chapter in New Zealand

The arrival of what appears to be a new biker gang in New Zealand is causing concern in local communities.

The Comanchero Motorcycle Club was formed in Sydney in 1968 - its name was inspired by a John Wayne movie - and also has chapters in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Spain.  

But a posting on the 'Gangs of New Zealand' Facebook page suggests the Comancheros have now spread across the Tasman.

Comanchero gang patch. Photo credit: Getty.

"Comanchero New Zealand, making moves here in Aotearoa, respect," says the post, which features a photo of Comanchero New Zealand branding.

Fri
08
Dec
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Tribesmen migrate south and motor straight into trouble

The Tribesmen Motorcycle Club has made their way to Canterbury. But police are already on their tail, raiding gang-connected properties across the region last week. So who are the Tribesmen and where do they come from? Andrew King reports

In the 80s, a Maori motorcycle gang emerged in Otara, South Auckland, called the Tribesmen.

They were formed by ex-members of the Stormtroopers, a Northland-based gang known for a brutal riot in Moerewa near the Bay of Islands, in which numerous officers, firefighters and gang members were severely injured in 1979.

The Stormtroopers attempted to throw Senior Sergeant Charles O’Hara on to a van which had been set alight. He could be heard yelling “mercy, mercy” before being rescued by fellow officers and firefighters.

Once the violence had subsided, 28 gang members were arrested.

Mon
27
Nov
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Police raid Tribesmen MC properties looking for drugs

Police are searching several properties in Canterbury as part of an investigation into suspected drug dealing by Tribesmen Motorcycle gang members. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Jason Stewart confirmed police, including members of the armed offenders squad, raided properties in central Christchurch and Ohoka and Sefton, both in North Canterbury, about 7am on Tuesday.

"We are doing search warrants . . . in relation to the Tribesmen MC and more specifically in relation to the dealing of methamphetamine," Stewart said.

Stewart said more information would be released on Tuesday afternoon.

The Tribesmen MC is a relatively new gang to Christchurch. It is understood it recently bolstered its numbers by patching over members of another gang.

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