The Violent Gangs Leading New Zealand Community Projects

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of gang membership per had of population in the world. They have forged a reputation for violence and illegal activities, but many now represent changing times. “We are not exactly the pillars of society. We understand that”, explains Jamie Pink, leader of the Tribal Huk gang. But now, a new initiative by gang members is seeing them make and deliver free sandwiches children who would otherwise go without. “It gives you a reason to get up the next day”, explains Pink. And while it will be hard to shake off their anti-social image, many like school principal Maria Hamill are starting to come round to the idea: “I think actions speak louder than words.”

  • lolwut?

    Mexican cartels do the same thing.

  • pop

    Kiwi culture can be quite violent. It’s embedded in their ways.. My brother married a kiwi lady. I don’t like her.

  • Brett_McS

    Or “guengs” as they would say. There are a lot of South Pacific islanders in kiwi-land: Maoris, former slaves of Maoris, and newer immigrants. An entertaining – and violent – movie about this lot is Once Were Warriors. It has a good twist at the end.

  • That reminded me of the big earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011 – shortly after that happened, some of the first to reach the affected areas were Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They sent unmarked vans and trucks loaded with food, blankets and clothes to give away to the victims. It looks like even Yakuza are better than Kathleen Wynne’s Mafia.