ROSS KEMP ON GANGS: NEW ZEALAND PART 2 OF 3
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The Mongrel Mob is a New Zealand gang formed and organised in Petone near Wellington, New Zealand. Members are predominantly from New Zealand's Māori or Pacific Islander community. The gang currently operates in many cities within New Zealand; some of the most well known chapters include Mongrel Mob Notorious and Mongrel Mob Rogues.
It is believed the term "mongrel mob" originated from the comments of a District Court Judge in the Wairarapa in the late 1960s, when he referred to a group of men before him as "nothing but a pack of mongrels". The name stuck, and later, similarly named groups sprang up around the country, forming their own independent chapters.
Today there is a network of more than thirty Mongrel Mob chapters throughout New Zealand. They are especially active in Rotorua and Auckland. The Mongrel Mob's main rivals are a gang called Black Power and there have been several very public and violent clashes between the two gangs over the years.
The Mongrel Mob were strong supporters of former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Robert Muldoon, and showed their respects at his 1992 state funeral.
The Mongrel Mob featured in a Sky One documentary called Ross Kemp on Gangs in which British actor Ross Kemp interviewed several current and former prominent members of the gang. The documentary revealed many older members dissatisfaction with the fact that the Mob is now involved in drug dealing.