Edited by Felia Allum and Stan Gilmour
Chapter 23: New Zealand: patched gangs, police and political corruption
New Zealand is home to a diverse population of outlaw motorcycle clubs and ‘patched’ street gangs. The members of these gangs are often criminallyinclined, but few groups have risen to become truly organised criminalenterprises. Despite this, there is a widespread belief in New Zealand thatthe gangs dominate the trade of drugs such as marijuana and methamphetamine, and are focused on profit-driven crime. This view is promulgated by the NewZealand police, having developed a disproportionate focus on the gangs asadversaries through a process termed ‘blue vision’. The spectre of largelyfictional organised gang crime has become closely tied to New Zealandpolitics, and the incitement of gang-based moral panic has been regularlyused as an electioneering tool since the 1970s.
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