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June 29, 2009

Good journalism o’ the day

Filed under: crime — danylmc @ 12:48 pm

The Herald on Sunday has a profile/obituary of gang leader Mossie Hines:

Hines died of cancer alone in a prison cell, aged 55, early this month. For 30 years, he had ruled the Nomads, and for 20 of those years the gang terrorised a small western sliver of the North Island just above Wellington.

Caught between the Tararua Ranges and the Tasman Sea, Horowhenua suffered under gangs like few other parts of the country.

There, he liked to be known as The Godfather, but his reach was greater. At its height, the Nomads stretched across the North Island into Tokoroa and further north. His roots were Black Power, his brother William “Bird” Hines is a senior Head Hunters member in Auckland.

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For years, the Nomads were believed to be a key link in running drugs from Auckland to Wellington. At the tangi, said one: “Almost every gang in the country was there.”

It was their homage to a man who was legend among his peers, and who was behind the nightmares of many in Horowhenua.

The day of the funeral, the infighting began. Hines’ stepson was shot in the leg, a house was torched, a gun brandished, a beating delivered.

The young and old are fighting for control – though it is doubtful the Nomads can even exist after their leader’s death.

Reassuring to know that when Hines was building up his gang our domestic intelligence agencies were busy keeping a close eye on Sue Bradford and Keith Locke. I wonder if the SIS even knew (or cared) who Hines was.

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13 Comments »

  1. “Reassuring to know that when Hines was building up his gang our domestic intelligence agencies were busy keeping a close eye on Sue Bradford and Kieth Locke. I wonder if the SIS even knew (or cared) who Hines was.”

    usually I agree with you but this particular instance you’re stretching. There’s every possibility the SIS were looking at Hines, also the police my have been looking at Hines, just because A doesn’t mean B sir.

    Comment by david c — June 29, 2009 @ 3:38 pm

  2. It’s ‘Keith’ not ‘Kieth’.

    Comment by ieuan — June 29, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

  3. ‘i’ before ‘e’, eiuan

    Comment by danylmc — June 29, 2009 @ 4:03 pm

  4. “SIS even knew (or cared) who Hines was”

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the SIS ‘sphere of operations’ tends to be of a more external focus.

    Comment by Phil (not Goff) — June 29, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

  5. I don’t think it’s quite our equivalent of the CIA, more like the CIA and FBI combined.

    Comment by StephenR — June 29, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

  6. yes. the CIA and FBI combined, watered-down, and made stupid.

    i think it’s a well-established fact that most new zealand spooks are glorified panty-sniffers.

    Comment by Che Tibby — June 29, 2009 @ 9:28 pm

  7. it just occurred to me that my last comment could entail my being brought to the spooks attention.

    minion: “boss, some commenter on the internet says we’re wankers!”
    boss: “he already knows too much.”

    Comment by Che Tibby — June 29, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

  8. bahahaha

    Comment by StephenR — June 30, 2009 @ 8:07 am

  9. Good point about the SIS focusing on political activists.

    In recent years the police “Strategic Intelligence Group and Threat Assesment Unit both set up to deal with national level threats have been hounding and harassing activists. I’m 100% sure that activists are under a higher level of surveillance than gang members despite gangs engaging in physical violence, drug trafficking and a wide range of other criminal activitys.

    Comment by Matt — June 30, 2009 @ 7:50 pm

  10. Yes, you’ve nailed it. And them.

    Comment by vibenna — June 30, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

  11. “more like the CIA and FBI combined”
    If the CIA and FBI did girlie mags and pies…

    Comment by Clunking Fist — July 1, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

  12. A bit like the Forward Intelligence (phrrt) Teams of the UK. A leat there, someone is watching the watchers: Fit Watch.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — July 1, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

  13. “least”, dammit.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — July 1, 2009 @ 8:35 pm


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