Gang wedding awareness

Waitaki police say ''appropriate'' policing measures will be in place when Black Power gang members attend a wedding in Dunback on New Year's Day.

Senior Sergeant Jason McCoy, of Oamaru, said he did not know how many gang members would attend, but those arriving were ''mainly'' family members and police had been ''talking closely'' to them before Tuesday's event, near Palmerston.

Police were reluctant to divulge more detailed information about the wedding, but Snr Sgt McCoy said it would be treated as a private function.

''We are aware there is an activity in the Palmerston area, and it will be policed appropriately,'' he said, although that would not involve a police escort for gang members. Dunback residents spoken to by the Otago Daily Times were aware of the wedding. Dunback Bowling Club regulars said they were ''not too concerned'' about the gang members' presence.

Resident Telford Kinaston said the township would be accommodating.

''I think they will be all right. As long as they pay their dues, that's all we're interested in,'' he said.