Shades of Bad
New Zealand's violent gangs are changing face. From making sandwiches for needy children to spearheading community outreach projects, this report asks whether they are becoming a positive force in society.
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of gang membership in the world, with an estimated 4,000 members in a country of 4 million people. They have forged a reputation for violence and illegal activities, but many now represent changing times. A new initiative by gang members is seeing them make and deliver up to 500 free sandwiches every day to children who would otherwise go without. "It gives you a reason to get up the next day", explains Pink. And while it will be hard to shake off their anti-social image, many people, like school principal Maria Hamill, are starting to come round to the idea: "I think actions speak louder than words".FULL SYNOPSIS