Story: Māori smoking, alcohol and drugs – tūpeka, waipiro me te tarukino

'P' and the gangs

'P' and the gangs

Chapters of some Māori gangs have been involved in the sale of illegal drugs. At first it was marijuana, but in the 2000s the manufacture and sale of smokable methamphetamine (‘P’) became lucrative. In 2010 and 2011 meetings were held in Hawke's Bay between rival gangs Black Power and the Mongrel Mob. Shown here are participants in a 2011 meeting. One of the matters discussed was the long-term damage being caused by P.

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Megan Cook, 'Māori smoking, alcohol and drugs – tūpeka, waipiro me te tarukino - Māori use of drugs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 Sep 2013