October 10, 2023
Get out and vote changes gang image
A gang liaison expert says he seems to have upset Christopher Luxon by presenting a vision of gangs at odds with the National Party leader’s political narrative.
Mr Luxon has highlighted Harry Tam’s get out the vote campaign among gang whānau, including posts from prison inmates saying they had voted for Labour candidates and party voted Green.
The veteran Mongrel Mob member told Radio Waatea he doesn’t fit Mr Luxon’s profile of what a gang member is.
“He probably sees me as a threat because most of my mahi is around changing our people’s behaviour. Could you image that when our people are well and have got over their trauma and are behaving well and getting on with their life, that whole picture they draw of us would be so wrong and that wouldn’t fit his narrative so I guess he wants to keep our people there because that way he has a whipping boy. He’s got someone to demonise,” Mr Tam says.
It’s the third election that Mongrel Mob members have shown an interest in voting.