Police Minister admits NZ has a gang problem

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 21 Jan 2020, 11:01AM
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Police Minister admits NZ has a gang problem

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 21 Jan 2020, 11:01AM

The Government is admitting we have a gang problem.

Gangs were responsible for firearms incidents in both Ruatoria and Napier over the weekend.

Police Minister Stuart Nash told Mike Hosking it's a bad look.

"Gangs have become a lot more sophisticated and organised, predominantly because of their control over the methamphetamine trade."

Nash says the Government's done a lot to tackle the gang problem, including putting 900 more police on the street.

"We have confiscated more than $100 million of gang assets, and we are hoping to introduce laws that will allow us to go even harder on this."

Nash adds they also have more gun legislation they hope to pass before March.

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