Story: Gangs

Jhia Te Tua's death (3rd of 3)

Jhia Te Tua's death

In 2007 two-year-old Jhia Te Tua was shot dead while she slept on the couch in her Whanganui home in a gang-related drive-by shooting. This cartoon depicts the dangers faced by children as a result of inter-gang rivalry. Two men were convicted of Jhia's murder, and others in the car were convicted on other charges. The Crown alleged that the man who pulled the trigger, Hayden Wallace, was prospecting to become a Mongrel Mob member, and had been ordered to carry out a drive-by shooting of the home of Black Power member Josh Te Tua.

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Cartoon by Tom Scott

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Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, 'Gangs - Gangs and crime', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 August 2022)

Story by Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 2 Oct 2018, updated 1 Apr 2020 with assistance from Jarrod Gilbert