Story: Gangs

Crips gang

Youth gangs modelled on Los Angeles street gangs sprang up in South Auckland in the 1990s. Many gangs were ethnically based and distinguished by the colours they wore. This clip from a 2008 documentary shows the Tongan-based Crips gang.

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Top Shelf Productions
Reference: Inside New Zealand: the gangs. Producer/director, Laurie Clarke; presenter; Pam Corkery. Auckland: Top Shelf Productions, 2008

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Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, 'Gangs - Māori gangs and Pacific youth gangs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/28251/crips-gang (accessed 20 January 2022)

Story by Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 2 Oct 2018, updated 1 Apr 2020 with assistance from Jarrod Gilbert