Black Power (New Zealand)

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Black Power
Founded 1970
Founding location Wellington
Years active 1970-present
Territory Nation-wide, Australia
Ethnicity Mixed, predominantly Māori and Polynesian
Criminal activities Drug dealing, assault, murder
Allies Crips, King Cobras, Tribesmen MC, Killa Beez (gang), Nomads MC
Rivals Mongrel Mob, Bloods, White Power, Stromtroopers[1]

Black Power is a prominent gang in New Zealand. It was formed as the "Black Bulls" by Rei Harris and Māori youth in Wellington about 1970,[2][3] in response to the rival Mongrel Mob gang and white power associated gangs. The gang then spread to other major centres and rural towns in New Zealand. Members are predominantly Māori and Polynesian.

The gang is heavily involved in organised crime, such as drug manufacturing and dealing.[4][5] While the gang has distanced itself from violent acts of some of its members, for example, a child abuse case, police have in return accused the gang members of using violence as a 'learned behaviour from involvement in the gang'.[6]

There were 697 members in prison in April 2013.[7]

Gang regalia[edit]

Supporters of the rival gang Mongrel Mob wear their patch along with red and white scarves whilst the Black Power wear their patch with blue and black scarves. The Black Power patch is closed black fist. A patch is standard uniform for a “Half Jacket” or “Cut-off” (leather or denim vest) with colours/patch (gang emblem) on the back, usually covering the back. “Rockers” have the names and place of the gang. The name usually goes on the top rocking downwards and the place on the bottom rocking upwards. There are some exceptions, like on older patches or with some of the Black Power branches who wear their faction name at the bottom like Forever, United, and Movement. The Black Power salute is the FIST including the phrases Yoza, and Yo Fuck Yo.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Egarr, Tristan (14 July 2008). "Gang Land". Salient ( Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  3. ^ Hubbard, Anthony (6 September 2009). "What the gang patch means". Sunday Star Times. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Porn movie plus tinny for $35 - New Zealand Herald, Saturday 05 August 2006
  5. ^ "Tribal Trouble". Time. 5 July 2007. 
  6. ^ Rowan, Juliet (12 November 2005). "Gang out to protect its image". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Johnston, Kirsty (9 June 2013). "LA-style gangs fuel problems in NZ prisons". Stuff. Fairfax NZ News. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 

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