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.


'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.


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.

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


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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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.


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.


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.


Police seize Head Hunters gang pad in Christchurch

Police have seized the Christchurch gang pad of the Head Hunters Motorcycle Club.

Under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009, restraining orders were granted by the High Court at Christchurch in relation to motorcycles and residential properties, including the Vickerys Rd gang clubhouse.

The civil proceedings follow a police operation last year in which the Canterbury Police Organised Crime Unit charged who they allege are "key members" of the Head Hunters gang with organised crime and methamphetamine dealing offences, including senior figure Lyndon Richardson.

"We have a zero tolerance approach to gangs and criminals operating across Canterbury," said District Commander Superintendent John Price.


Police to watch outlaw motorcycle gangs closely as they arrive in Tasmania for their national runs

TASMANIA Police says it is ready for an influx of outlaw motorcycle gang members as two clubs prepare to come to the State for their national runs.

From Friday, about 350 members of the Rebels OMCG will be in Tasmania for a four-day ride, just days after Rebels boss Aaron “AJ” Graham was kicked out of Australia.


The bikers will arrive on the Bass Strait ferry into Devonport and travel to Hobart via the East Coast.

About 350 Rebels bikie members will arrive in Tasmania from Friday.


Notorious Aussie bikie gang boss AJ Graham deported back to NZ

A Kiwi bikie gang boss, notorious in Australia, who has been deported to New Zealand, is the latest high profile criminal to be kicked out of the country.

Rebels gang boss Aaron "AJ" Graham landed in Auckland this afternoon, and appeared to have left the airport through a side door.

He joins Brownlow medallist Dustin Martin's father Shane as one of the many bikie bosses kicked out of Australia.

Graham was deported to his native New Zealand today - despite last month winning a High Court appeal against his second visa cancellation.

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton cancelled Graham's visa for a third time within hours of the September 6 High Court decision that his earlier visa cancellation decision was invalid.

Graham is the latest bikie gang member to be kicked out of Australia by Dutton.