Bandidos set up Dunedin chapter

Malcolm Inglis.
Malcolm Inglis.
Gang conflict in Dunedin is likely, given the establishment of an outlaw motorcycle gang in the city, academics say.

But, they maintain, the general public has nothing to fear.

Police are closely monitoring Dunedin members and associates of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, which has recently spread south from Auckland and Christchurch.

Leading New Zealand gang researcher and University of Canterbury sociology lecturer Jarrod Gilbert said the Bandidos' expansion was part of a ''remarkable resurgence'' in outlaw motorcycle gangs nationally.

He said although such groups were synonymous with drug dealing and violence, it would be unusual for unassociated residents to become involved in, or fall victim to, such activity.

''It exists within their realm and the criminal realm. It doesn't generally affect the public,'' he said.

The Bandidos and similar gangs did not tend to organise profit-driven crime as a group, but instead had members who independently engaged in illegal activity, Dr Gilbert said.

''You can expect some criminality among them.''

Conflict traditionally arose when gangs expanded into new areas dominated by other gangs, he said.

In Dunedin, there had previously been conflict between motorcycle and street gangs, which were not typically rivals.

Dr Gilbert said the motorcycle gangs well established in Dunedin were the Southern Vikings and the Road Knights, while Black Power and the Mongrel Mob were the city's dominant street gangs.

Vigilance by police was needed in the initial stages of the Bandidos' expansion ''to ensure things bed down OK'', he said.

''The general public has very little to fear. These people probably haven't come from out of town. They are most likely Dunedin residents who have decided to put on patches, and their activities won't be much different from before.''

Dr Gilbert said the Rebels was another outlaw motorcycle gang which had recently established a presence in New Zealand, and there were also many smaller motorcycle gangs emerging. His views about the Bandidos in Dunedin were supported by Canterbury professor of sociology Greg Newbold.

He, too, said the general public had little to be concerned about from the gang's expansion.

Prof Newbold said the Bandidos, established in Texas, was known as one of the ''big four'' outlaw motorcycle gangs in the United States, along with the Hells Angels, the Pagans and the Outlaws.

''They are a serious group, but being a serious group they are not the kind of group that would go around starting fights and creating a high profile for themselves.

"They'll probably mind their own business as long as people leave them alone, and I would say the general public doesn't need to worry about it,'' he said.

The Bandidos had an estimated 2500 members and 210 chapters in 22 countries, including Australia where there were 17 official chapters.

Its motto was ''We are the people our parents warned us about''.

Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis, of the Southern district organised crime squad, said police were aware ''small groups'' of people were working to establish a Bandidos presence in the area.

''Police are aware of their activities and policing them, as we do any criminal group,'' he said.

Det Snr Sgt Inglis warned people against becoming associated with the gang.

''People who become involved in these kinds of groups need to know that they will come to police attention,'' he said.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said he was concerned about a new gang coming to town because members might clash with those from other gangs, and might be involved in illegal activity.

Mongrel Mob and Black Power members in Dunedin had worked hard to put their rivalry aside for the sake of their children, and he hoped the presence of another gang would not disturb the peace.

Mr Cull said he met Dunedin Mongrel Mob and Black Power members recently and was encouraged by their efforts to ''smooth over their differences and work together''.

They planned to take their children on an alcohol and drug-free hikoi to Waitangi, for Waitangi Day, he said.

stop it from taking place

Dunedin don't be fooled yep this article is 1/2 true, stop it before it starts, get them out of town look at the Gold Coast the gangs attract others who deal in drugs, take drugs and have weapons, these are the ones you have to worry about.  Yep the gangs might not fight the public but it the flow on effect of the drugged up w^$%kers who buy the drugs, that pick fights, road rage etc. is a concern

Do you guys want to live in a place like the Gold coast where you can't drive and look at sombody the wrong way if they cut you off in case they have a weapon, (hand guns included) in their car. it happens.

Sure it might not be  the gang members you have to worry because they have rules and guide lines to follow. Its the wantabes that have no rules and are high on drugs, or just don't care. usually young males who think they are cool.

When living in the gold coast we would choose where we went, always locked our doors. sure the public has nothing to fear really but if you are out for a meal and the gangs start to fight then you do, The Gold Coast had a gang fight in a restaurant strip. We will not go to that area now for a meal, shame bucause they have good places to eat.

True it's not the gangs to fear, its the wantabes, the young kids that have no jobs and create problems.


To understand the academic worldview, one must appreciate that sociology is an observational science that defines 'outlaw gangs' as part of society. This is a relativist position, to recognise antisocial, deviant elements as active players in the social structure.
Dr Gilbert knows his stuff, and spent time in the field with gangs, observing and recording. His is a fine discipline, the new anthropology.
The Bandidos in Australia took part in a shootout known as the Milperra Massacre. In that case, the risk to the public was being caught in crossfire. Call me a sooky baba, but that prospect would worry me.

Thanks drug users

Just a quick note to thank all the users of illegal drugs for creating and sustaining the market that brings this group into the city.

You do us proud, and you keep the police employed.

Bike club or gang?

Interesting the Police are already out to stereotype.

Might be involved illegal activity?  Yes,, a teeny little smidgen of naivete!  Nothing worse than occasional double-parking, maybe failure to pick up doggy-doo, and whoever believes that needs a whole weekend in the real world without their rose-tinted glasses.

Bandidos set up Dunedin chapter

for those who think gangs aren't a problem, have a look at the gang problem the Gold Coast had (including the Bandidos) till they were shut down recently.  Might be involved in illegal activity?  How naive.


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