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.
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.