A spate of gang killings in Northland on the North Island in 2016 had brought tensions to new highs

Hundreds of gang members in New Zealand are preparing for the inaugural “fight club” – an organised boxing match between rival gangs that leaders hope will present a safe way to vent simmering tensions.

Some 60 rival gang members from some of New Zealand’s most notorious chapters – including Black Power, Head Hunters and Nomads, will face off at a Whangarei community centre on Saturday night – the fourth choice of venue after three other options pulled out of the controversial event.

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