Be sure to pack protection when attending rugby matches in New Zealand, there’s more to fear than the throat slitting Kapa o Pango haka, because the gangs are on the warpath and their weapon of choice is a shotgun.
Today’s Herald is carrying a story about a Mongrel Mob shooting at a rugby crowd in Wairoa, a small North Island town between Napier and Gisborne.
Police say it was a miracle nobody was hurt or killed when a Mongrel Mob member fired a shotgun into a crowd after a rugby match at Wairoa on Saturday.
The incident happened about 4.30pm after a rugby game attended by a large number of Black Power members, who were supporting a team from Raupunga that played Wairoa-based team Tapuwai, Detective Sergeant John McCarthy told NZPA.
After the game a white ute appeared in the area, with about six Mongrel Mob members and associates on the back, Mr McCarthy said.
Two of the bigger gang members then jumped off and chased a 15-year-old boy.
After the gang members were restrained by people from the crowd a third person on the back of the ute fired four to five shotgun rounds in the air and into the crowd, he said.
“It was a miracle no one was hurt.”
Mr McCarthy said it was another cowardly gang shooting in Wairoa.
“Enough is enough,” he said…. read the rest of the story here
Gang warfare is nothing new in New Zealand. According to the book Gangs by Ross Kemp, New Zealand has more gangs per head then any other country in the world, with about seventy major gangs and over 4,000 patched members in a population of about 4,000,000 people.
The rivalry between Mongrel Mob and Black Power is as old as the hills, mostly people know to stay well away. Gang members are easily recognised by their Colours – red with black for the Mongrel Mob, Black Power‘s is black and blue, Killer Beez (mostly in Auckland) black and yellow. This list is long but you’ve probably got the point by now.
However, it’s not so easy to give these ganstas wide berth when guns are fired at rugby supporters and errant teens are hunted down in public places.
Will NZ security guards and police be able to contain this sort of activity after world cup matches and should fans be warned about wearing certain colours of supporters shirt in some areas. Who wants to get bashed for wearing red in the wrong town? Read Four year old attacked for wearing red shirt
Our advice to fans travelling to New Zealand is to pack some neutral clothes and keep your head down, better still watch it on TV with your mates.
For more about the gangs read our blogs tagged Gangs of New Zealand,.
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