Tribal Huk's 24-hour warning to Ngaruawahia meth dealers expires

Tribal Huk President Jamie Pink (Newshub.)
Tribal Huk President Jamie Pink (Newshub.)

The deadline given by a gang leader for P dealers to get out of Ngaruawahia has expired.

Tribal Huk President Jamie Pink warned meth dealers at a community meeting on Thursday they had until 6:30pm on Friday to leave the Waikato town, and some locals are happy he's taking the law into his own hands.

"No more P in Nga. Come on bros, be louder over there or do you like it? Say it bros! Louder!" says Mr Pink, laying down his version of the law.

"We know who they are. Some of them are whanau, but they got to go. Give them 24 hours to stop. Ask nicely first - then they got to go," he says.

Today the streets of Ngaruawahia seemed quiet enough. Locals say P is not a major problem here.

"I don't think we're any worse or any better than any other community," says Community House Manager Anne Ramsay.

Mr Pink gained notoriety when he launched a school programme making lunches for hungry kids. For years he's been a strong anti-meth advocate.

"His young daughter was approached and offered P, wasn't she," says Ms Ramsay. "And she was only 13 or so and it horrifies him to think that level could be going on in Ngaruawahia."

Sociologist Dr Jarrod Gilbert is an expert on gangs in New Zealand.

"I'd have to say that Jamie is acting on his conscience. He sees the drug as a scourge," he says.

"Jamie is a gangster, but with a moral code."

However the local mayor says while he wants to see meth dealers gone, this isn't the way to do it.

"I think it's very very dangerous you start that and it gets down to vigilante-style policing in a community and I don't advocate that approach," says Waikato District Mayor Allan Sansom.

No one from the police would go on camera, but in a statement said police do not condone any threats of violence or intimidation and any threatening incident would be taken seriously.

It's a threat those who know him think he'll follow through on.

"I do think he'll have to - he's gone and publicly said it," says Ms Ramsay.

That warning is backed up by Dr Gilbert.

"He's not a man to shoot his mouth off," he says. "He's more than capable of backing up his words."

But Mr Gibert says that the meth dealers might not be in the mood to leave.

"If they're not scared of the police, they might think they can get one up on the Tribal Huk as well,"

And if any one disobeys the Tribal Huk?

"They'll have to take the consequences," he said.