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Black Power (New Zealand gang)

Black Power
Founded 1970
Founding location Wellington
Years active 1970-present
Territory Nationwide, Australia
Ethnicity Mixed, predominantly Māori and Polynesian
Criminal activities Drug dealing, assault, murder
Allies Crips, King Cobras, Tribesmen MC, Killa Beez (gang), Nomads MC
Rivals Mongrel Mob, Bloods, White Power, Storm troopers gang[1]

Black Power is a prominent gang in New Zealand. It was formed as the "Black Bulls" by Rei Harris and Māori youth in Wellington about 1970,[2][3] in response to the rival Mongrel Mob gang and white power associated gangs. The gang then spread to other major centres and rural towns in New Zealand. Members are predominantly Māori and Polynesian.

The gang is heavily involved in organised crime, such as drug manufacturing and dealing.[4][5] While the gang has distanced itself from violent acts of some of its members, for example, a child abuse case, police have in return accused the gang members of using violence as a 'learned behaviour from involvement in the gang'.[6]

There were 697 members in prison in April 2013.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/gangs/page-4
  2. ^ Egarr, Tristan (14 July 2008). "Gang Land". Salient (www.salient.org.nz). Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  3. ^ Hubbard, Anthony (6 September 2009). "What the gang patch means". Sunday Star Times. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Porn movie plus tinny for $35 - New Zealand Herald, Saturday 05 August 2006
  5. ^ "Tribal Trouble". Time. 5 July 2007. 
  6. ^ Rowan, Juliet (12 November 2005). "Gang out to protect its image".  
  7. ^ Johnston, Kirsty (9 June 2013). "LA-style gangs fuel problems in NZ prisons". Stuff. Fairfax NZ News. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 

External links

  • Images of Black Power gang from the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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