Video has emerged showing a horde of
Australian motorcycle gang members attending the funeral of the Kiwi
gang member they claimed.
Hayden Tahau, a former patched member of the Aotearoa Natives gang,
died following an accident in the Manawatu town of Bulls on Thursday
The Aotearoa Natives are a newer
gang who lack a reputation in comparison to more established gangs
like the Head Hunters, sociologist and gang expert Dr Jarrod Gilbert
Mr Tahau decided to upgrade his
gang membership by joining the Australian Rebels MC club - the
largest gang in Australia, which is trying to establish a foothold
in NZ by patching over our smaller gangs.
However Mr Tahau's time in the
Australian gang would be short-lived.
On March 24th the 26-year-old
decided to flee police on his motorcycle after failing to stop, but
police called off the pursuit because of the high speed he was
travelling just north of Bulls.
Mr Tahau then lost control of his
bike and collided with a car on Bridge Street.
He was airlifted to Palmerston
North Hospital in a critical condition where he died on Friday.
The Facebook site Gangs of New
Zealand posted a photo of his funeral, showing patched members of
the Aotearoa Natives gang and the Rebels MC gang standing side by
side as Mr Tahau's body was lowered to his final resting place.
The last photo Mr Tahau posted on
his own Facebook page was an update of his profile picture showing
him riding his motorcycle.
"Hearty my cuz. Bike must have too
much power, hahahah [sic]," one person commented, prophetically.
There is also a photo showing Mr
Tahau standing in his Aotearoa Natives jacket alongside a patched
member of the Rebels MC gang.