In Gangland, Tauranga’s own award-winning investigative reporter Jared Savage shines a light into New Zealand's rising underworld of organised crime. His stories go behind the headlines and reveal an invisible world that’s frighteningly close to home - in which millions of dollars are made, life is cheap, and allegiances can change with the pull of a trigger. A largely invisible world yet one which is also very close to home.
As well as rip-snorting crime yarns, Gangland also reveals the wider social issues facing Aotearoa. According to police figures, since 2016 about 1000 New Zealanders joined gangs every year, and New Zealand is now one of the most lucrative illicit drug markets in the world. Over the past 20 years, dealers have graduated from motorcycle gangs to Asian crime syndicates and now the Mexican cartels - the most dangerous drug lords in the world.
Jared Savage, who has twice been named New Zealand Reporter of the Year, appears in conversation with The Spinoff’s Editor-at-Large, Toby Manhire.
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Jared Savage is a senior reporter at the New Zealand Herald who has been shortlisted as a finalist in national and international journalism awards more than 30 times, including twice being named Senior Reporter of the Year (2010, 2015).
Toby Manhire is Editor-At-Large at The Spinoff and host of the Gone By Lunchtime podcast.
University of Waikato, Tauranga Campus