New Zealand's Underworld of Organised Crime

Jared Savage


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New Zealand's underworld of organised crime and deadly gangs

'The best true-crime book of the year by a long stretch.'
- Steve Braunias, Newsroom

'A series of rip-snorting yarns about gangs, drugs, fancy cars, wads of cash, violence, and guns - Aotearoa New Zealand style.'

- Simon Bridges

New Zealand is now one of the most lucrative illicit drug markets in the world. Organised crime is about making money. It's a business. But over the past 20 years, the dealers have graduated from motorcycle gangs to Asian crime syndicates and now the most dangerous drug lords in the world - the Mexican cartels.

In Gangland, award-winning investigative reporter Jared Savage shines a light into New Zealand's rising underworld of organised crime and violent gangs.

The brutal execution of a husband-and-wife; the undercover cop who infiltrated a casino VIP lounge; the midnight fishing trip which led to the country's biggest cocaine bust; the gangster who shot his best friend in a motorcycle shop: these stories go behind the headlines and open the door to an invisible world - a world where millions of dollars are made, life is cheap, and allegiances change like the flick of a switch.


Jared Savage:

Jared Savage is an investigative reporter for the New Zealand Herald who has won journalism awards every year since 2010, including twice being named as the best reporter in the country. He lives in Tauranga with his wife and two young children.