|The Hells Angels have gained a foothold in Nelson and are fast becoming one of the region's most established gangs, police figures show. The figures for June, released under the Official Information Act, show there are six patched or prospect Hells Angels members in the region.|
|Operation Explorer was a police undercover investigation into the Red Devils, launched in September 2009, in response to concerns that the Red Devils would evolve into a Hells Angels chapter. The Red Devils became a "hang around" chapter of the Hells Angels last year, and police believe they are in the process of becoming an official chapter.|
Police say there are 32 gangs in New Zealand with an estimated 3500 to 4000 patched and prospect members.