Story: Urban Māori

Gang members and police

Gang members and police

Gangs such as Black Power attracted some young Māori who lacked a sense of belonging and purpose in the cities. Violence and criminal activity often brought gangs into conflict with police. This photograph of 1978 shows the aftermath of a gang stand-off in Wellington.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1978/3729/27
Photograph by Ian Mackley

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Paul Meredith, 'Urban Māori - Hopes and reality', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 September 2023)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 17 Feb 2015