New Zealand Gangs Are Making Peace and Mowing Lawns
Members of New Zealand’s notorious Mongrel Mob and Black Power gangs are looking to trade their switchblades for shears. In July the council of Dunedin City, located on the South Island’s east coast, will begin trialling a system where the two gangs can apply for basic community work – such as mowing lawns, trimming hedges, and cutting back foliage.
Since forming in the 60s and 70s, both Mongrel Mob and Black Power share a violent rivalry spanning decades. They’ve been a focal point for drug trafficking, alleged murder, and robbery, but last year the gangs surprised the community by suddenly making peace. The men then joined forces in a submission to the Dunedin City Council, asking for help in acquiring paid work to support their families.