A rehabilitation gang leader thinks the reason for the recent Auckland shootings is down to gang recruitment overtaking police recruitment.
Gang rehabilitation leader Billy McFarlane made this claim after two more shootings on opposite sides of Auckland occurred on Wednesday night.
"You already know there's proof to say that gang recruitment is overtaking police recruitment."
When Newshub addressed this with Police Minister Poto Williams, she said the information they currently have is inaccurate and police have a sense of what's happening.
"I would say the police have a sense of what's happening and they've asked for the resource and we have been able to provide it to them. "
On Wednesday night, police stood heavily armed outside a property in the east Auckland suburb of Mellons Bay, whilst other officers responded to another house in Massey which also had been fired at.
The two shootings came after the seven shootings on Tuesday, which police believe were the work of the Killer Beez and Tribesmen, as tensions between the gangs boil over.
The Police Minister says police have started to make arrests after the recent spate of gun crime that they believe involves the Killer Beez and Tribesmen gangs.
Lifetime Black Power member Dennis O'Reilly told Newshub family homes have been brought up in the gang rivalry and it needs to stop.
"The long-established protocols that family homes are not involved in what you might call gang business or rivalry seem to have been breached and we need to re-establish that Tikanga nationally."
Poto Williams says a record 14,000 police officers are now working across the country.
Despite criticism, the minister continues to defend the creation of a new gun register.
Michael Owens from the Council of Licensed Firearms Owners though says it won't solve the problem because it relies on serial numbers.
"Our expectation and what we have heard from overseas is when the numbers become important, about 90 percent of the firearms are found with criminals having the numbers removed."
Police are continuing their investigations into the latest spate of shootings and ask anyone for information to contact them anonymously.