More than 100 vehicles travel in procession for Mongrel Mob member’s tangi


More than 100 cars and motorbikes have travelled in procession to a Mongrel Mob member’s tangi in Pukerua Bay, north of Wellington.

A police operation monitored the event, which began in Cannons Creek about 12.30pm and travelled through Waitangirua, Ascot Park and Tītahi Bay Beach, before heading north on State Highway 1 to Whenua Tapu cemetery in Pukerua Bay.

A large tangi took place today to farewell a Mongrel Mob member who died in a motorcycle crash last week.

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A large tangi took place today to farewell a Mongrel Mob member who died in a motorcycle crash last week.

The tangi is being held to farewell 35-year-old Terry Taiapa, who died in a motorcycle crash last week.

Several police vehicles were seen in the suburb and along State Highway 1.

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More than 100 vehicles took part in the procession.

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More than 100 vehicles took part in the procession.

Traffic management was in place and Māori wardens directed traffic out of a street where more than 50 people gathered prior to the procession.

Earlier, Kāpiti-Mana Area Prevention Manager Inspector Nick Thom said the public should expect significant traffic disruptions.

Traffic came to a standstill in Cannons Creek when the procession began about 12.30pm.

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Traffic came to a standstill in Cannons Creek when the procession began about 12.30pm.

Thom said police respected the mourners’ wish to grieve and urged those involved to be considerate of other road users and adhere to alert level restrictions.

“Enforcement action will be considered if required,” he said.

Under alert level 2 guidelines no more than 100 people are allowed to attend a funeral or tangi and organisers must legally record attendees to make sure contact tracing can happen, if needed.

National’s police spokesman, Simeon Brown, said the disruption to the public was unacceptable.

“This is the second large gang event in Porirua in less than a month to cause significant disruption to local residents. New Zealanders are tired of gangs being able to do whatever they want while the Government facilitates their behaviour.

“Everyone is entitled to grieve loved ones, but that right doesn’t come at the expense of the safety of others. So far this gang funeral has already blocked roads for hours, seen gang members dropping wheelies and even blocking entire streets.”

On Tuesday night, a poroporoaki​ service, a farewell speech in Māori culture, was held at a home in Cannons Creek for Taiapa.

Vehicles travelled along State Highway 1 to Pukerua Bay for the tangi.

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Vehicles travelled along State Highway 1 to Pukerua Bay for the tangi.

Porirua mayor Anita Baker described behaviour at the event as “disrespectful” and said noise and burnouts disturbed nearby residents.

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The service resulted in the street being blocked for hours by cars and people and was eventually cleared by police.

“They took it out onto the road in front of where the house was, and it went on all hours, they blocked the road. It’s not acceptable, dropping wheelies and blocking streets,” she said.

A police operation monitored the event which included traffic management.

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A police operation monitored the event which included traffic management.

Baker described the behaviour as frustrating and disrespectful.

“It’s not acceptable to have it in the middle of the street. The street was unblocked in the end, but it went on late into the night, and it’s just not fair for the locals who live there who don’t want to complain. We all need to be respectful of each other and that’s not respecting everybody.

A crowd of about more than 50 people gathered in a street in Cannons Creek prior to the procession.

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A crowd of about more than 50 people gathered in a street in Cannons Creek prior to the procession.

“I was disappointed with that. I get that somebody has died, but we don’t all do this when we have a funeral. So yeah I’m disappointed. I hope they behave today, I really do,” she said.

Police received a report of traffic offending about 9.30pm on Tuesday and one of wilful damage to a door about 10.10pm. Both reference a group gathered for a tangi.

Another report at 8.15pm of people and vehicles blocking a street may have also been related to the tangi, a police spokesman said.

A large group of motorcycles lead the procession.

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A large group of motorcycles lead the procession.

The tangi comes just two weeks after another large tangi to farewell 18-year-old Rikki Enoka, who also died in a motorcycle crash on October 4 in Johnsonville.

As a result of the event, police handed out 50 fines for riding dangerously on a vehicle, impounded four vehicles and arrested two people.

Thom said the procession caused significant disruption to traffic and a number of vehicles were driven in a dangerous manner.

At least 200 people gathered on the street in the Porirua suburb of Waitangirua, dozens wearing Mongrel Mob insignia, to farewell Enoka.

More than 120 vehicles then travelled in procession along SH1 to Pukerua Bay for the tangi.

Further enforcement action in relation to the event isn’t being ruled out by police.



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