ANOTHER international bikie gang has
moved into New Zealand, patching over a Napier gang of the
same name, according to a gang expert.
THE Outlaws - the oldest outlaw motorcycle
club in the world - made the move over the weekend, University
of Canterbury gang researcher and lecturer Dr Jarrod Gilbert
The local gang was established in 1968 and
previously had friendly relations but no formal affiliation with
its international namesake, he said.
The international Outlaws were established in
Illinois in 1935 and now have chapters around the world.
Dr Gilbert, in a blog published on Monday, said
the new gang had plans to start a supporter club under the name
Black & White 15, derived from its colours and the letter O
being the 15th in the alphabet.
Napier police were unaware of the development, a
spokeswoman told AAP.
Police national headquarters were unwilling to
comment on Dr Gilbert's claims.
Dr Gilbert said the Outlaws' move was part of a
"resurgent" gang scene in New Zealand.
Earlier this year, he said another international
bikie gang, Bandidos, had expanded from Auckland into
Christchurch, by patching over the local gang Rock Machine, and
gang wars were inevitable.
Dr Gilbert said with the Outlaws, Bandidos and
Hells Angels, New Zealand now boasted three of the world's
largest bikie gangs.