18 Jun 2009

Gang members entitled to vineyard work - NZ Wine

7:49 pm on 18 June 2009

A wine industry leader say it would be discriminatory not to employ gang members in Marlborough vineyards.

The police commander in Marlborough, Inspector Steve Caldwell, has said that a refusal to employ local Mongrel Mob members would help rid the area of what he calls parasitic criminals.

He made his comments after the weekend arrests of six men in Blenheim following a brawl involving Mob members.

Five identified themselves as vineyard workers.

New Zealand Wine chairperson Stuart Smith says, however, that it would be wrong to exclude workers on the basis of gang affiliations.