Story: Gangs

Government approach to gangs

Government approach to gangs

In 2008 John Key, leader of the opposition, stated that if National were in power they would crack down on gangs. This May 2008 cartoon takes a dig at the two main political parties, and at local councils, for their approach to gangs. The cartoonist's implication was that in the past gangs got away with criminal behaviour. However over the 1990s and 2000s Labour and National governments, as well as local councils, 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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How to cite this page:

Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, 'Gangs - Gangs and society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2019)

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