The VLADs. New Zealand’s Tough Backstreet Gangs Gain a Foothold in Australia as Families Intimidated

Shane Harrison

Some of New Zealand’s tough backstreet gangs are rapidly gaining a foothold in Australia, leading to calls for Australia’s ‘anti-bikie’ laws to be changed to include street gangs.

These gangs have been entrenched in New Zealand culture for decades, making millions of dollars from illegal drugs and forming the backbone of many small communities where law enforcement is virtually non-existent. Gang members have even been awarded local council contracts.

According to one Australian newspaper -the Courier Mail – Australian laws will need to be amended to control the Kiwi gangsters

The Mongrel Mob, originally from the tough backstreets of New Zealand, has launched a Gold Coast chapter which is now on a collision course with Queensland’s anti-gang taskforce.

Police say they are a “vile” criminal gang known for their brutality, and fear a fresh outbreak of violence on the Glitter Strip.

In the past fortnight large gatherings of Mongrel Mob members have taken place in broad daylight on the Gold Coast and at Logan and Eagleby. Last weekend a group was spotted wearing Mongrel Mob gang colours at the Broadwater Parklands, an open space in the heart of Southport hugely popular with families…

Deputy Opposition Leader and Gold Coast MP John-Paul Langbroek said the emergence of new gang threats showed the VLAD (Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment) laws needed to be expanded, not watered down as the State Government is considering.

Fierce rivals of the Black Power gang in New Zealand, Mongrel Mob members make up more than 10 per cent of prisoners in the country’s jail system. They first appeared in Melbourne about three years ago and have been linked to drug trafficking and other crime.The gang lists its Gold Coast headquarters as Mongrelism Road in Surfers Paradise, a fictional ­address.However, Taskforce Maxima commander Detective Superintendent Mick Niland said their threat was real.

“They are a vile criminal gang known for their brutality,” he said. “If they commit criminal offences we will be relentless in our pursuit of them. “Our community does not need the Mongrel Mob and we will do our best to disrupt and dismantle them.” source

In March last year another New Zealand street gang, Black Power, moved into the Gold Coast and police said there was nothing they could do

Black Power is actively recruiting Maori and Pacific Islander members and has moved into the drug trade in the south east corner. The gang is escaping the statewide crackdown because it is not named in Queensland’s tough anti-gang laws.

Anti-gang police squad Taskforce Maxima says it is monitoring Black Power’s activities, but because it is classified as a street gang and not a criminal motorcycle gang, it falls under the dominion of local police.

Black Power has carved significant territory in Beenleigh, taking over what was formerly Hells Angels heartland, and police say it has been causing problems for months.

Last month police intercepted gang members waving blue bandannas outside the windows — a sign used to intimidate and flag rival gangs…

A day later at Waitangi Day celebrations at Kingston, 15 Black Power members surrounded police as they spoke to the chapter president.

“Clearly it was an act of intimidation,” a police source said. “When 15 gang members surround police officers in the course of their duties, it’s not for a friendly chat, is it. This is a very real concern to police.”

Black Power members wear bikie-style patches but do not ride motorcycles, similar to now-defunct street gang Notorious. Wearing blue and black gang colours, members have proudly announced their presence on social media. “Black Power Australia Black and White … COMING TO AN AUSTRALIAN CITY AND TOWN NEAR YOU!!!” it states on the gang’s Facebook page…The New Zealand Police said the gang is involved “in serious violence, selling and distributing drugs, possessing firearms and offensive weapons, and using intimidation and threatening tactics in pursuit of their criminal activities”.

The criminality and brutality of the gang is well documented in New Zealand.Its members are Maori and Polynesian, and many have intimidating facial tattoos.A decades-long rivalry with another feared and largely Maori street gang, Mongrel Mob, has led to many violent clashes in public…source

Persona non grata Kiwis in Australia

Australia recently toughed up its immigration laws, and has started to repatriate New Zealanders with criminal histories or who fail good character tests. Among the detainees awaiting deportation is an ex-bodyguard of the NZ Prime Minister.

Mr Haapu

New Zealand citizen, Ngati Knaohi Te Eke ‘Ko Haapu (above) is confined to a high security prison in Australia. His Australian visa was revoked for being an alleged member of outlawed motorcycle gang ‘The Rebels‘. Haapu had been at the same prison visiting another senior member of the gang who is also held pending deportation to New Zealand. New Zealander Joel Royston Makaea, a senior member of the Perth Rebels gang, was detained by immigration at Perth airport on 2 September 2015, his visa has since been revoked.

In 2014 Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said

“If you’re an illegal bikie, if you’re part of an outlaw motorcycle gang involved in organised criminal activity, you’ve just made it to the top of my list. Coming to Australia is a privilege and if you’re coming here harming Australians, ripping off our welfare system, committing serious crimes, then you’re at the top of my list for deporting.”

Until his arrest Haapu had worked for 3 years as a scaffolder in the WA mines.

 

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26 thoughts on “The VLADs. New Zealand’s Tough Backstreet Gangs Gain a Foothold in Australia as Families Intimidated

  1. John Keys government today announced some new attempts to regulate gangs ,much as I would like to believe this was done out of a sense of social consciousness I suspect it’s more likely a deal he cut in Australia with their P.M and to save welfare dollars,according to reports most gang members are on welfare and cost N.Z a half billion dollars to subsidise their lifestyles.

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  2. As an interested American, I have noticed the comments on, for example, a forum like YouTube, in regards to the “Flag Referendum”. There seem to be a few New Zealanders saying, “quit worrying about the flag, we have some major issues”, but these other issues must not be important to the politicians. At least not the current PM. However, some New Zealanders seemed to be “wrapped up” in this flag debate, at least until December 2015. The United States surely has a set of issues to work thru, but with New Zealand losing so many vital young people, a truly astonishing out- migration, where is the concern? And why, indeed, should Australia “have” to be the nation that takes in so many economic refugees? This should be the cause of some concern, because New Zealand is, virtually, sending “half a generation” to Australia, it seems, I cannot think of another first- world nation that exports people like New Zealand.

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    • Charles,

      Yes, the relationship between the two countries would seem puzzling to outside observers. Essentially a situation has developed where NZ has become a quasi state of Australia, although it’s a sovereign country. Each nation’s citizens have reciprocal rights, however, recently in practical terms the migration flow has been one way. So because of the trans Tasman migration agreement, Australia ‘has’ to be the country that accepts the majority of NZ’s economic refugees, because frankly, we can’t prevent them from immigrating. As the Europeans have discovered, open borders are an excellent idea, in theory.

      If you’re interested in the details read my other comments on this page and those by ‘Michael’ and ‘ mcleodkiwitony’.

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      • Thank you. Just as an aside, I also fell into the “New Zealand is paradise” mental mode. But this blog is helping me to see the other side of paradise. New Zealand does have a powerful propaganda machine. And the movies just help to build up the image. But one wonders what happens to many people, once they cut all ties, and move there? How could you ever afford to leave?

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        • Charles,

          The NZ propaganda machine also describes NZ as ‘sub tropical’. Although I don’t live in the country I’d bet that even the north of the North Island isn’t in that category. However if anyone has noticed bananas and sugar cane growing anywhere in NZ I’d be very interested to read about it.
          Some areas of Australia are tropical or subtropical, but not NZ. Any person who migrated to NZ and expected the climate to be like the Gold Coast in Australia would be extremely disappointed.

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    • A few movie references; “squirrel” [I think from the movie about the old man flying his house with balloons] and “ooh, ahh, shiny”.
      A distraction, pure and simple [one of the few pure things out of this place].

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      • Well, I am still hanging, in suspense, on The Flag Controversy. I would think that the flag that so many Kiwis died under/ fought for, all the way up to Vietnam, would be “good enough. I am still puzzled by the PM making such a deal about a new flag. Oh well. Means something to him, I reckon. I am sure that he lives well.

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  3. Russell,

    We have worrying times ahead I think as NZ settles into another cycle of high unemployment and weak economic performance. We hear about kiwis returning to NZ but the numbers are weak and history tells us that Australia and other countries such as England will continue to be swamped by these economic refugees. We need to close the door and keep them out. Having spent a considerable amount of time in NZ I know well the problems the country faces and the limited opportunities available. This dire situation will not improve and NZ will continue to fall behind the rest of the world. It is a lonely, unremarkable and largely irrelevant outpost at the bottom of the world and this is reflected in the miserable nature of your typical ordinary New Zealander. A people who know how to hate, cannot accpt constructive criticism and have a terminal inferiority complex which is as bad as it gets.

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    • Global dairy prices fell again for the 4th consecutive auction. Bill English has told dairy farmers there’ll be no government help as the sector faces future milk price reductions and a contraction of supply. 9 out of 10 Kiwi dairy farmers took on extra debt in 2015, while some economists estimate that most suppliers will receive a net profit this season of less than $20,000. Meanwhile, northern hemisphere milk production continues to grow strongly.

      It’s a no-brainer to see where the NZ economy is headed. Expect to see lots of positive spin (propaganda) generated by the government in coming months as the Kiwi appetite for Kool-Aid shows no sign of abating.

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  4. The New Zealand gangs only continue to be a problem, because of the incompetence and inaction of the New Zealand government and police. If they really wanted to get rid of them they could, almost overnight.

    All they need to do is to bring in and utilise RICO style laws in New Zealand, that would allow police to place charges against gangs as a criminal conspiracy (I believe these laws may already exist in New Zealand). This would allow police to incarcerate the leaders, based on criminal actions carried out by other members of the gang. These are the same laws that were put in place in the USA to take down the Mafia. The catch here is that the leader needs to have instructed the other member to have carried out such action, but this shouldn’t be hard to prove (or laws could be passed to eliminate this factor). If every time a new leader steps up, and a criminal action takes place by another member, the leader is put in prison, in a very short period of time, no one in the gangs would be causing any trouble.

    Another way would be for the government to simply pass a law making gangs illegal and to enforce it with the full strength of the law.

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    • These guys make all their dosh from drugs. If the NZ government were really serious about ending the rein of these criminal gangs, they shoudl at least regulate weed. That’s about 90% of the gangs’ income right there..

      No more flash Harley Davidsons for you bro.

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      • A lot of their income comes from P too. New Zealand has the word’s highest per capita use of the drug. Get the feeling that the battle against crime in NZ has been lost?

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  5. I cannot fathom why Australia allow these heinous people to enter the country. Kiwi scum need to say in NZ. ANZAC or not it’s high time that Australia revisits it’s open border policy and put some controls in place.

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    • Michael,

      This Australian agrees completely, the trans Tasman migration agreement should be scrapped. As to the ANZAC connection, it’s mainly a myth, for most of the past 150 years Australia and NZ ignored each other. Now it will cost the Oz taxpayers millions to deport those criminals.
      Of course the usual suspects will whine about ‘violation of Kiwis’ human rights’ and being treated as ‘second class citizens’, they’re not citizens and NZ isn’t an Australian state.

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      • Russell,

        We have worrying times ahead I think as NZ settles into another cycle of high unemployment and weak economic performance. We hear about kiwis returning to NZ but the numbers are weak and history tells us that Australia and other countries such as England will continue to be swamped by these economic refugees. We need to close the door and keep them out. Having spent a considerable amount of time in NZ I know well the problems the country faces and the limited opportunities available. This dire situation will not improve and NZ will continue to fall behind the rest of the world. It is a lonely, unremarkable and largely irrelevant outpost at the bottom of the world and this is reflected in the miserable nature of your typical ordinary New Zealander. A people who know how to hate, cannot accpt constructive criticism and have a terminal inferiority complex which is as bad as it gets.

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        • Michael

          Yes, there are long term economic trends to consider, particularly in regard to NZ’s decline relative to Australia and other Western countries. The trans Tasman migration agreement was based on the assumption that both countries would have comparable per capita GDPs and that free movement of labour would adjust for differences in economic cycles. NZ’s slide into the Third World was not anticipated by the ‘open door’ ideologues who created the agreement. NZ’s status as a developed country seems to be in the balance.

          In regard to your comments about New Zealanders’ attitudes, my pet theory is that, at some level, they realise that they made a disastrous mistake in not joining the Australian Federation, it’s too late now.

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        • Agreed and the truth is that N.Zers aren’t returning to this country,this myth is perpertrated by politicians who want to convince people that real N.Zers are the ones forcing house prices up in Auckland ……and dumb ass kiwis who are very anti the people who left here for better lives,the same people who have no concept what it takes to relocate ones lives and belongings to another country,yeah you can buy a cheap plane ticket back here but what about ,kids schooling,uniforms ,their loss of environement and social contacts ,your furniture ,your social contact ,a new job ,a new house ,a car ,your pets your everything ,arrogant kiwis just like to believe the stupid fools who departed this colonial corrupt rock will just return the moment mineral demand drops and all the stupid fools who left will come running back hat in hand ,how dumb ,that’s like saying all the N.Z dairy farmers will now runaway,it’s just not that easy.

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  6. May I quote Gangs in New Zealand Wikipedia “they had friends in high places with Prime Minister Rob Muldoon partying at a Black Power pad in 1976 and Wellington Mayor Michael Fowler stumping bail for seven of them after an altercation with the Mongrel Mob”.

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  7. Most N.Zers are to dumb to understand that this is it,these are our ambassadors ,to apathetic to understand this is what is destroying our image and our country ,not what the government says ,this ,the real things and assholes we breed in this country,the ones that drive past our houses at 100 kph in a residential area ,yep ,the ones who run over our children and our pets and say it was an accident ,the ones that keep us up at night with their loud exhaust systems
    you kiwis know their friends and parents yet you say nothing.Just boys being boys ,really ? I bet the farm that it’ll come out that the Southland three dead boys in Australia were driving like assholes while drunk or stoned ,yet their whole community says what lovely boys they were and what a shame ,The shame is that nobody gives a flying fuck about one another here until it’s to late.

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    • I remember seeing some graffiti in a photo from New Zealand, some young punk had run over a cat, and had marked the side of a building up in paint, a “cat” head- outline with X’s for eyes. How classy. Years ago, New Zealand seemed like some sort of semi-tropical paradise, to me, but my ideas are changing. One other thing that seems a little off. why would the New Zealand government not see that it is exporting an entire generation to Australia? That should set off alarm bells. Major ones.

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  8. Also ,these people are the biggest chicken shit wimps on the whole planet,I’ve had much experience with them in councilling roles and as a worker at a pubs and well everything,absolute chicken shits who join gangs because they can’t stand their own company many are alcoholics,drug addicts ,they travel in packs because they can’t stand up for themselves ,most of them don’t even know what they stand for.I worked many years in SanFransisco and Los Angeles with at risk youth 16 to24 N.Z kids live like millionaires in comparison ,why are we exporting our problems to Australia? Well I know ,N.Z is no longer a country ,it’s a corporation.

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  9. These people are idiots,in the 1970 s gangs were a problem ,now in the Information Age these retards can be wiped out in a month without changing laws which will negatively impact on everyone’s freedom,I search for a way to describe N.Z ers conduct in other countries and here in N.Z ,they want to be so important yet they are so dumb and socially inept,they don’t want to be looked at yet they do terrible things to attract attention.I have previously mentioned that I am a N.Zer however going to the departure gate in L.A for Auckland is a huge embarrassment ,the N.Z people lie all over the furniture wear inappropriate travel clothing and many of them have no shoes on .

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