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.AdvertisementAdvertisement//
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.