Inside Maori biker gangs with gruelling year-long initiations and bloody turf war with Aussie mob

TWO of New Zealand’s violent biker gangs have put aside years of bitter rivalry to join forces against an Australian rival.

Black Power and the Mongrel Mob have fearsome reputation with anyone wanting to join subject to gruelling initiations that last a year and involve having to commit crimes to gain trust.



But they have faced a new rival in the form of Aussie motorcycle gang, the Comancheros.

A display of the new truce between the two gangs came the recent funeral of National Black Power president Whenu ‘Sarge McKinnon when members of his gang and the Mongrel Mob paid tribute with a spine tingling Haka.

His tribute send-off video was accompanied with the song 'Gangsta's Paradise' by Coolio.

Black Power members on Harley Davidsons lined the streets doing burnouts the following day as McKinnon was taken to his final resting place.

The footage funeral offered a rare glimpse into New Zealand's criminal hyper-violent criminal biker-gang underworld.

Mongrel Mob president Sonny Fatu and a range of Black Power senior members including McKinnon began talks in 2018 to unite against the Comancheros, the New Zealand Herald reports.



"I no longer see the Mongrel Mob as my enemy. I see you fullas as my brothers," McKinnon said.

"Everyone is coming against us. Everyone that is not Black Power or Mongrel Mob, we have to consider to be against us."

The gangs are influenced by US counterparts such as the Hell’s Angels, but also have their own unique codes and sport menacing face tattoos.

Black Power is a prominent gang made up of Maori and Polynesian members and was formed in Wellington during the 1970s.

Some members have been linked to drug running and other organised crime.



Its colours are blue and black and members have a patched vest to identify them.

The salute each other with a clenched fist and their main expression is "Yo! Yo!" or "Yo f**k yo!"

The rival Mongrel Mob is one of the largest gangs in New Zealand and was established in 1962 with its 1000 members organised in thirty chapters throughout the country.

The gang says its name comes from the comments of a judge who referred to them as "mongrels".

The Mongrel Mob has established a reputation for organised crime including drug and weapon trafficking, assault, murder and robbery.

Black Power and the Mongrel Mob clashed publicly in 1981 then members brawled at a family day in Cathedral Square, Christchurch.

They now face a violent rival in the shape of the Comancheros, 14 of whom landed in New Zealand and vowed to “grow stronger and stronger".

Australia's most dangerous gang opened up a New Zealand chapter in 2018 as it expanded abroad.

Police called the move "concerning" and raised fears it would lead to friction with other gangs as they try to muscle in on the country's drug trade.

Comanchero president Pasilika Naufahu, was recently found guilty of money laundering and conspiring to supply pseudoephedrine, a precursor to methamphetamine.

The Mongrel Mob's Fatu warned:"New Zealand will witness organised crime and gang violence on a level they have never seen before.

"Worst case scenario – a lot of trouble. A lot."

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