Hundreds of gang members cause disruption on Auckland’s North Shore

Hundreds of gang members in cars and on motorbikes farewelling a patched gang member who died in a crash last weekend have caused havoc on Auckland roads today.

Video footage shows scores of cars, some with people hanging out windows, and motorbikes streaming past an intersection on the North Shore.

Police say they are aware of the disruption to the local community from a large funeralprocession involving gang members and they were monitoring the situation.

Inspector Stefan McIntyre, area manager of prevention at Waitematā East, said the situation was being monitored by police.

“The situation is being monitoring by Eagle and by officers on the ground to ensure the safety of the public.

“It is also being filmed and any offending will be followed up,” McIntyre said.

The procession was to honour Tribesmen gang member Merc Papa-Hugh Lei-Tama Maumasi-Rihari who died while riding with other gang members on SH1 in Canterbury last weekend.

The 21-year-old died after his bike collided with a car.

Video of the procession obtained by the Herald showed scores of motorcyclists, cars and utes taking part.

Several people could be seen hanging out the windows of vehicles as it made its way along streets on the North Shore.

Earlier in the week a family member of the dead gang member posted on social media about the procession, writing no one should be “afraid or scared”.

The family member also apologised for any traffic delays.

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