Story: Gangs

Girl gangs

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Tarnz grew up in Maraenui, one of Napier’s poorest suburbs. She had a tough childhood in a family with gang connections and spent several years in a family home. After her mother and youngest brother were killed in a road accident, she became increasingly involved in property crime and gangs. She had multiple convictions and spent time in prison. In this extract from the 2005 documentary Gang girl – Tarnz story, she talks with brutal honesty about forming and running her own teenage girl gang – SUS (Straight Up Sisters). In 2005 she was living in Wellington with a new partner and was trying to turn her life around. 

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Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, 'Gangs - Māori gangs and Pacific youth gangs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2024)

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