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Judith Collins on gangs and gun control

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Photo Maarten Holl/Fairfax Media, The Dominion Post.

Police Minister Judith Collins is signalling tighter controls on the licensing of firearms to gang members.

“I was really shocked the other day to find that being a gang member doesn’t preclude someone from having a firearms licence, because, apparently, you’re still a fit and proper person,” Ms Collins told Q&A today.

She says “this is the sort of nonsense that we need to change the law on”.

Parliament’s law and order select committee is holding an inquiry into the illegal possession of firearms.

It is looking at how widespread firearm possession is among criminals, including gangs, and how criminals, gangs and those who do not have a licence come into possession of firearms.

The public clearly expect any firearms held by gangs to have been obtained illegally. To discover that some of the gang members have a bona fide firearms licence has been a shock to many.   Read more »

Will Jarrod Gilbert resign if he is wrong?

Jarrod Gilbert has written a sanctimonious piece in the NZ Herald claiming that Judith Collins is wrong about gangs and that he and only he has the answers.

In an opinion piece in the Herald, Collins stated that one third of our prison population are “active gang members”. Given her own data say there are 4000 gang members in New Zealand and the country’s prison muster is over 9000 that would mean there are just 1000 gang members out of jail. Utter nonsense. It’s not even remotely close to being true. In fact, I will resign from the University of Canterbury if she is correct.

And let’s not get started on her claim that the gangs are grouping together in a strategy to sell methamphetamine to rich school kids; a better example of dog whistle politics you’d be hard pressed to find. As such, Collins joins the long cast of politicians who use the gangs for political advantage. The gangs exist in marginalised communities and the vast majority of New Zealanders reading this will have absolutely nothing to do with them – probably not even see them – and because of this they are perfect folk devils. It’s baffling really, given there are enough very real problems and concerns surrounding the gangs, ramping up the issue is unnecessary.   Read more »

Police too busy to attend an actual burglary in progress

A diary owner in Papakura has had enough of “hoodlums” terrorising his business.

Indy Purewal has released two CCTV videos on Facebook of an attempted break-in over the weekend and a mob of youngsters stealing from his dairy last night.

The latter has been shared on Facebook over 1000 times.

He says the dairies in the area were largely run by Indians and the mentality is “it’s happened, let’s be more careful next time”.

“I actually haven’t seen anybody share one of these videos and I thought ‘it’s not fair you know, this is our community we’re all one’,” he says.

“We need to stand together, something needs to be done, and that’s why I shared the video.”

The Redhill Superette has been in the community for 21 years and is owned by Mr Purewal and his parents.

He says “enough is enough” after a spike in robberies and owners or employees feeling threatened.

On Friday at 1am a group of eight were at the dairy and one tried to break in.

“The response we got when we rang the police was we’re a bit busy, its’ the weekend,” he says.

The trick is to look really hard and then tell the Police you can’t be sure, but it looks like one of them is carrying a firearm… Read more »

Government forms new intelligence unit to combat gangs

Gangs cause untold misery in New Zealand, whether it be from violence or their drug trade. Wherever a gang exists misery is often close behind.

The government has moved to better arm themselves with information and for that reason Police and Social Development have created a new gang intelligence centre.

The numbers are staggering.

Nine of every 10 gang members in New Zealand have received a benefit or other welfare, costing the country $525 million between 1993 and 2014, a new report reveals.

Sixty per cent of children born to gang parents were abused or neglected, the report, by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), also found.

In total, cycles of violence within gang families will cost New Zealand’s welfare system $714 million over their lifetimes.

The startling figures are behind a Government push to gather more data about gangs and their families, in an attempt to tackle the country’s rising prison population and poor record on family violence.

Police and Corrections Minister Judith Collins said gangs were a “huge driver” of child deaths and family violence, and tackling gangs would make a big difference to New Zealand’s poor record.

“If you…look at the number of people in jail, they are almost invariably victims of family violence themselves somewhere along the line, and that’s what breeds violence.

“If we’re going to really make a dent in those figures….and help people save their lives, we’re going to have to deal with those gangs.”

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Pimping the Peonage part three

Peonage is another word for servitude and subjugation. We have always had a Pimping the Poor series and this is part three of my Pimping the Peonage series given the number of articles promoting the Muslim culture subjugating women in our New Zealand media.

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Call off the pitchforks and the flaming torches; a small group of women from a barbaric cult have done something nice.

Using the media to soft-soap the image of a gang or cult is not new. When I lived in Kawerau the Mongrel mob was the main gang there. I saw them out in public every single day, wearing their gang insignia and intimidating everyone they saw with their dirty and menacing appearance.

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Outlaw gangs? Not likely says Black Power boss

A FORMER high-ranking member of the Black Power has hit out at calls to abolish gangs, saying it’s a culture that is entrenched in New Zealand society – and nothing, or nobody, will ever change that.

The comments follow calls again this week from Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesperson Scott Guthrie to outlaw abolish gangs, gang regalia and anything associated with gangs.

Guthrie claims gangs are nothing more than “murdering rapists” who indulge in the manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs to children and the wider community.

“New Zealand has a huge gang problem which our politicians cannot deny. Our politicians need to start stepping up and telling the public exactly what it is they intend to do to eliminate these murdering clowns from society,” he said.

“Also when are they going to start demanding Judges pass sentences that reflect the abhorrence of these heinous crimes?”

Guthrie made special mention of the 1996 murder of Christopher Crean by Taranaki Black Power member Brownie Mane and three others.

Mane was released from prison in July last year after serving 19 years behind bars.    Read more »

Learning to swim is good, The mumbo jumbo – Not so much

Maori kids, gang kids even, are being taught how to swim.

In Maori culture, water is an energy called Tangaroa. It can be calm and life-giving, or dangerous and life-taking.

A man who lost his son to suicide says connecting with Tangaroa is a good way to teach water safety.

“The aim for this camp is to build resilient young people, connected young people, confident young people, thrown in with a bit of leadership.”

Zack Makoare formed Te Taitimu Trust after in a bid to help young people and boost water safety skills. At this year’s camp they’re rafting down the Mohaka River, inland and north of Napier.

Fifteen-15-year-old Isabella Ngahuia-Love has been with the trust for eight years.

“I think it’s important to learn about water safety because as Maori we’ve got a larger death toll because the water’s a part of our culture, so you have to learn how to be safe in it,” she says.

Royal Timu’s father, Rex Timu, is president of the Hastings Mongrel Mob chapter. He says understanding the water can help in more ways than one. Read more »

More government action needed on outlaw gangs

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THE GOVERNMENT is facing renewed calls to take on outlaw gangs as a first step in making a dent in the burgeoning billion-dollar methamphetamine trade.

National’s multi-agency approach involving intelligence gathering, enhanced law enforcement, prevention and intervention has done little to stem the tide of methamphetamine in New Zealand’s largest city.

According to criminologist Greg Newbold, much of that trade is controlled by the gangs, which have organised networks in place for production and distribution of the drug.

And the Sensible Sentencing Trust says that won’t change until the Government steps in and smashes the gangs.

It is calling for gangs and all gang paraphernalia to be outlawed – a move, it claims, that is long overdue.

Spokesman Scott Guthrie says gang members are nothing more than “murdering rapists” who indulge in the manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs to children and the wider community.

They did so using extortion and “everyday run-of-the-mill crime and thuggery”.   Read more »

AFFCO rules union T-Shirts are as bad as gang insignia

I can see AFFCO’s point. Unions act like thugs with bullying tactics.

If I was an employer I wouldn’t want my staff coming to work in union patches.

Workers at AFFCO’s Rangiuru and Horotiu plants have been told they are not allowed to wear union t-shirts to work, the Meat Workers Union says.

Last month, the Employment Court ruled the company had acted in bad faith and undermined the union during contract talks.

The union said, since then, workers on contracts had been bullied by supervisors.

Union organising director Darien Fenton said, in the latest incident, the employer at the Rangiuru plant near Te Puke told workers they were not allowed to wear their t-shirts to work and likened them to gang insignia.    Read more »

He should have a medal not a conviction

Clayton Mitchell looks like a top bloke.

He smacked up a gang member in a past life and for some strange reason ended up with a conviction for his troubles.

An MP received a suspended sentence following a fight with a gang member who attacked him after being refused entry to a bar.

First-term NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell, 43, has reluctantly spoken about the incident, which occurred 18 years ago.

“The reality is, everyone has a past and I have got one, too. I have been involved in hospitality for 25 years and so, because you run bars and you stand on the front door, you do have, and I certainly have had, over the years, a lot of situations where you get put into very perilous situations.”

Mr Mitchell, who was a Tauranga City councillor before entering Parliament after the last election, was in charge of the city’s Straight Shooters Bar in 1997, when a gang member with facial tattoos was refused entry.

“It turned into a confrontation, a physical one, he was a lot bigger than me, he was a very intimidating individual. I got a black eye and swollen face out of it. Read more »