Story: Whanganui region

The mayor and the gangs

The mayor and the gangs

Gang violence flared in Whanganui in 2006. Public opinion wanted the gangs’ presence in the city reduced, along with the drug dealing that seemingly accompanied it. Mayor Michael Laws sought to make gang patches unlawful on Whanganui streets. Tom Scott reverses the ‘dialogue’ in this cartoon, which has gang members trying to get rid of the mayor.

About this item

Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: DCDL-0001175
Cartoon by Tom Scott

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

How to cite this page:

Diana Beaglehole, 'Whanganui region - Government', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 October 2016)

Full story by Diana Beaglehole, published 16 Jun 2008, updated 15 Jun 2015