Police have raided seven gang-linked properties in the Wellington region, uncovering firearms and arresting six people.
After months of planning, the operation involving 60 police staff, including the armed offenders squad (AOS), was carried out at homes in Wellington and Upper Hutt.
Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee said police have not yet laid charge, but they were likely, as were further arrests.
“We want to reassure the community that we treat incidences of gang violence and intimidation seriously. We have targeted the gangs this morning and let them know the community and police don’t tolerate the behaviours they have displayed.”
This comes amid growing concerns about violence and the rise of gangs in the capital, with figures showing police have identified nearly a third more gang members in the city compared to late in 2017.
These include an altercation between Nomads and Black Power members during the daytime on a busy Kilbirnie street on August 26.
The two groups were allegedly threatening each other with machetes and knives.
In July, two groups, believe to be gangs, brawled outside the BP petrol station on Taranaki St in Te Aro, with one person stabbed.
The Nomads Bad Company Facebook page later posted footage of the incident online as part of a promotional video showcasing the gang.
McKee said many of those targeted today are “young members of society who are actively offending in order to influence and “intimidate society”.
The AOS attended this morning as a precaution.
At least seven officers, some of which were armed, as well as police dogs, were seen at an address on Onslow Rd in Khandallah.