Story: Gangs

Government approach to gangs

Government approach to gangs

In 2008 John Key, leader of the opposition, stated that if National won power they would crack down on gangs. This May 2008 cartoon took a dig at local councils and the two main political parties, implying that gangs were getting away with criminal behaviour. However, in the 1990s and 2000s, National and Labour governments, as well as local authorities, actually took a harder-line approach to gangs and organised crime.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: DCDL-0006534
Cartoon by James Hubbard

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Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, 'Gangs - Gangs and society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2023)

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