Head Hunters/Mongols gang shooting: Police name suspect Hone Reihana

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Fri, 23 Apr 2021, 1:52PM
Anyone who sees Reihana should call 111 immediately. (Photo / Police)
Anyone who sees Reihana should call 111 immediately. (Photo / Police)

Head Hunters/Mongols gang shooting: Police name suspect Hone Reihana

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Fri, 23 Apr 2021, 1:52PM

Police have named patched Head Hunters gang member Hone Reihana as a "dangerous" person believed to be involved in the Head Hunters/Mongols gang shooting in central Auckland last week.

Numerous warrants to arrest Reihana, who is known to have connections in Auckland, have been issued for the 27-year-old in relation to firearms and other offences.

Earlier today, police released a photo of Reihana, someone they described as "dangerous" and who should not be approached.

Anyone who sees Reihana should call 111 immediately.

In what witnesses have described as a "moment of terror", shots were fired inside the hotel near Auckland's waterfront during a confrontation when members of the two gangs crossed paths.

The trouble between the Head Hunters and the Mongols which erupted so publicly last week has been brewing for some time, with buildings and cars linked to individuals on both sides being targeted by gunfire or suspected arsons.

The NZ Herald understands the police believe feud can be traced back to the use of a single word.

A faction of the Head Hunters who reside on the North Shore refer to themselves as the word - which the Herald has chosen not to publish - and they have taken exception to the Mongols setting up a business in March using the same word.

The sole director and shareholder of that company is one of the five men who appeared in the North Shore District Court last week charged with unlawful possession of explosives.

On April 17, Auckland mayor Phil Goff told the Herald it was "intolerable that gangs are carrying out their feuds in public using firearms and risking public safety".

"It really is important that New Zealand not go down the track of gangland America and zero tolerance is now shown to gangs employing firearms against each other or anybody else."

Goff said he hoped those responsible were bought swiftly to justice and that subsequent convictions and sentences reflected the seriousness of the crimes.

"There has to be a clear message that Aucklanders, New Zealanders and police are not prepared to tolerate this kind of behaviour, of factions involved in criminal activities warring with each other."