Thu
20
Jul
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Notorious New Zealand gangs plan 'fight club' to relieve tensions

A spate of gang killings in Northland on the North Island in 2016 had brought tensions to new highs

Hundreds of gang members in New Zealand are preparing for the inaugural “fight club” – an organised boxing match between rival gangs that leaders hope will present a safe way to vent simmering tensions.

Some 60 rival gang members from some of New Zealand’s most notorious chapters – including Black Power, Head Hunters and Nomads – will face off at a Whangarei community centre on Saturday night. It is the fourth choice of venue after three other options pulled out of the controversial event.

Former gang member and event organiser Tokomauri Hoterene said a spate of gang killings in Northland on the North Island in 2016 had brought gang tensions in his region to new highs.

Wed
24
May
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Hells Angels sets up a gang pad in Palmerston North suburb

Members of an infamous biker gang who have set up  base in an  affluent Palmerston North suburb plan to put on a barbecue to introduce themselves to neighbours. 

A two-storey brick property on Albert St in Hokowhitu may appear unassuming, but it is now home to the Hells Angels Central gang.  

The Hells Angels was established in Auckland in 1961 and was the first  chapter to be established outside of California, United States.

Hells Angels has set up base in the Palmerston North suburb of Hokowhitu.
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Hells Angels has set up base in the Palmerston North suburb of Hokowhitu.

 

A woman, who did not wish to be named for fear of retribution, said the group moved in just before Christmas last year. 

Fri
24
Mar
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Motorcycle gang members descend on Nelson for Hells Angels Poker Run

Police are increasing their presence in Nelson this weekend saying motorcycle gangs will be closely monitored at a poker run being held in the region.

The annual Hells Angels poker run is being held in the region which Nelson Bays Area Commander Inspector Mat Arnold-Kelly said would be attended by gang members.

"We can assure the public that anti-social behaviour, whether it be on the roads or otherwise, will not be tolerated and police will be keeping a close eye on the behaviour of those attending the event."

Arnold-Kelly said the community could expect to see a highly visible police presence throughout the weekend.

Bikies heading to Nelson for last year's poker run were met by a police checkpoint after leaving the Picton ferry terminal.

Wed
01
Mar
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Five Rebels MC members arrested after 10-month investigation

Police arrested five members of the Rebels Motorcycle Club in Auckland and Christchurch today on drug, firearms, and organised crime charges.

The arrests come after a 10 month investigation.

The five men were charged with more than 25 charges between them, including possession and supply of methamphetamine and cannabis.

Police say the investigation forced the bikies out of a "gang pad" located near a local school.
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Police say the investigation forced the bikies out of a "gang pad" located near a local school.

 

Multiple firearms and quantities of cannabis and methamphetamine were recovered during the investigation.

Mon
27
Feb
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Jarrod Gilbert: Outlaw biker camaraderie something to admire

As outlaws with a rebellious view of straight society, many appreciate it's a fine line between someone who only hears the bikes and someone who rides them. Sociologist Dr Jarrod Gilbert gives an inside track of a poker run. Photo / Paul Taylor

As outlaws with a rebellious view of straight society, many appreciate it's a fine line between someone who only hears the bikes and someone who rides them. Sociologist Dr Jarrod Gilbert gives an inside track of a poker run. Photo / Paul Taylor

Led by more than a dozen Hells Angels, a pack of 120 motorcycles snaked around the winding country roads north of Albany last weekend.

Each bike sounded like thunder, but to grazing horses and elderly drivers the combined noise was indistinguishable from Armageddon.

Want to know what patched gangs do for fun? This is it.

Mon
30
Jan
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Fears of bikie gang war in Darwin after Mongrel Mob 'invade' the city

New Zealand's most notorious gang the Mongrel Mob is on a violent collision course with Australian outlaw bikie clubs after invading the Northern Territory.

NT police are monitoring a newly established chapter of the gang, who have been pictured partying and wearing the gang's patches in Darwin nightclubs.

Police received reports of Mongrel Mob members brawling with Hells Angel bikies (pictured: Darwin members of the gang with Rebels bikies). Photo / Motorcycle Clubs Darwin N.T Facebook

Police received reports of Mongrel Mob members brawling with Hells Angel bikies (pictured: Darwin members of the gang with Rebels bikies). Photo / Motorcycle Clubs Darwin N.T Facebook

Police received reports of Mongrel Mob members brawling with Hells Angel bikies and members of the public on various nightclub.

Thu
12
Jan
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Patched Auckland Bandidos gang 'courier' jailed over firearms haul following Dunedin burglary

A patched Bandidos gang member from Auckland has been jailed for 20 months over possessing a haul of weapons.

The charges came following the burglary of a Dunedin address on October 25, where a cache of firearms and ammunition were stolen, but Grant Andrew Latimer had no role in the burglary.

Five rifles and 23 handguns, including several military-style semi-automatic firearms, and ammunition, were taken from a flat in Maitland St, police said.

The 57-year-old appeared at the Dunedin District Court this afternoon having pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing a weapon and four of receiving, as well as possessing 2400 rounds for the firearms.

Three of the firearms were military-style, semi-automatic rifles, one of which had a scope.

 

He was also convicted of failing to stop for police and possession of the class-B drug amphetamine.

Tue
20
Dec
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Drugs, guns and cash seized from Bay gang

Bay police have seized $506,000 worth of methamphetamine, four firearms, including a loaded pistol, $128,000 in cash and found a house which had allegedly been converted into a cannabis growing operation as part of year long investigation targeting the Head Hunters.

Police across the Bay of Plenty today executed a number of search warrants in the conclusion of a year long investigation targeting the Head Hunters motorcycle gang, a written police media statement said.

Search warrants were used in Tauranga and Opotiki and resulted in four people being arrested.

The four would face a range of serious charges under the Misuse of Drugs Act in relation to dealing in the Class A controlled drug, methamphetamine, and charges in relation to commercial cannabis cultivation.

Police said they could not rule out further arrests being made in relation to this investigation.

Thu
17
Nov
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Bandidos behind Dunedin weapons theft

A patched Bandido gang member from Auckland has admitted receiving a cache of military-style weapons and ammunition.

The charges came following the burglary of a Dunedin address on October 25, where a large number of firearms and ammunition were stolen.

Five rifles and 23 handguns, including several military-style semi-automatic firearms, along with ammunition, were taken from a flat in Maitland St, police said.

Grant Andrew Latimer (57) appeared at the Dunedin District Court this morning where he pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing a weapon and four of receiving, as well as possessing 2400 rounds for the firearms.

He was also charged with failing to stop for police and possession of the class-A drug methamphetamine.

His lawyer Elliot Higbee entered no pleas on behalf of his client because those charges had been only laid today and he was yet to discuss the allegations with this client.

Fri
14
Oct
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Who are the Tribal Huk, and where do they get the authority to warn off drug dealers?

(videos)--Acting like some sort of Wild West lawmen, the Tribal Huk gang has essentially given P dealers until sundown Friday to get out of Ngaruawahia.

It's another step in a kind of strange re-emergence of the gangs into national consciousness.

This week outgoing Police Association president Greg O'Connor warned proactive policing of gangs was declining, allowing them to boost their numbers.

He pointed to the Head Hunters, saying their numbers had risen from 135 to 275 patched and prospects in the past two years. O'Connor said he was reliably informed each month up to 70 new recruits front up in Auckland "for what can only be considered in-service training".

Sociologist Dr Jarrod Gilbert, who wrote the book Patched: The History of Gangs in New Zealand, raised doubts about O'Connor's maths, but agrees patched gangs are going through something of a resurgence.

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