Anne-Elise Smithson: There was a big headhunter raid last week. Are gangs that much of an issue in Auckland though?

With gangs, we need to look at long-term solutions that will work (“smart on crime”), rather than just partake in moral panic. We need to look at the root causes of offending and re-offending, and we need to look at what are the main motivators for people joining gangs. Sometimes gangs are prevalent and influential, and other times they are not. It’s complex.

-Anne-Elise Smithson, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand

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