Oct 22: Gang violence in Murupara
That's enough, it needs to stop.
He tono, otira he whakatau a tetahi rohe mo nga mahi
whakapörearea a nga keenge i te taone o Murupara.
It's a plea, furthermore a statement from a region who have had enough of gang violence in Murupara.
Karaitiana Teka (Tuhoe): "This is a huge problem among Maori and it needs to be addressed."
Tokowhitu nga iwi no roto i te rohe o ngati manawa i hui tahi
ai, ki te whakatinana i te rahui o te rongomau i waenganui i te
keenge Tribesman me te Maapu Mangaru o taua takiwa.
Seven tribes within the Ngati Manawa region met to embody a peace pact among the Tribesman gang and the Mongrel Mob of that region.
Pem Bird (Ngati Manawa): "It's rightly so that we come to support this cause because all of the children caught up in these confrontations are from the Mataatua Waka."
"Members of those gangs still have a Maori connection in them it's just tucked away at the back so it's our job to try and appeal to that side of them."
Ina tata nei i whakahaerehia tetahi hikoi i Murupara, na runga i
te maumaharatanga ki nga tama tokorua i kohurutia i roto i enei
A march was recently held in Murupara in remembrance of the two boys who were killed after being caught up in gang conflict.
Na whai ano i hau ai te karanga kia tukuna te riri, a nonakuanei
A call was then made to ban all gang violence, and it has finally been heard.
Tuatea Smallman (Tuwharetoa): "A huge weight was lifted off my heart when my phone rang and it was the president of the Tribesman gang. He said he would support the peace pact in the Ngati Manawa region."
I roto i nga wiki e rua e whai ake nei ko te wero kia
whakakotahi mai i nga mema no nga keenge e rua ki Rangitahi Marae,
i reira witohungia tetahi oati e pupuri ai i te rongomau i
waenganui i nga taha e rua.
Over the next two weeks the challenge has been put forward to gather as many members of both gangs as possible to meet at Rangitahi Marae, where a signing of a peace pact will take place.