A Northland community grappling with the presence of patches in its neighbourhood has welcomed a police operation to curb gang violence, guns, and organised crime.

Image: Martin Kaipo, chief executive of Te Hau Āwhiowhio ō Ōtangarei Trust, supports the police operation as he wants to see guns and violence out of Northland communities. Photo / File

Operation Tauwhiro provides Northland police with an opportunity to disrupt violent offenders, prevent crime and victimisation, and engage with communities.

The six-month nationwide operation is the first affiliated to the new Organised Crime Strategy that addresses organised crime, its social drivers and the harm it causes.

Whangārei suburb Ōtangarei has a long-standing reputation as a breeding ground for gang influence, says Martin Kaipo, chief executive and co-founder of community organisation Te Hau Āwhiowhio ō Ōtangarei Trust.

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