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Ngaruawahia quiet as P deadline passes

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/10/2016
Ngaruawahia township. © RNZ / Tom Furley Ngaruawahia township.

Ngaruawahia has had a "remarkably quiet" night following a gang's ultimatum and deadline for methamphetamine dealers to get out of town, according to police.

The Waikato town's Tribal Huk gang had given P dealers until 6.30pm on Friday to leave or they would be run out of town - with president Jamie Pink saying violence would be used if necessary.

However, on Saturday morning, police said nothing had happened.

"It was remarkably quiet, really there was nothing," a spokeswoman told NZ Newswire.

On Friday evening, patched Tribal Huk members were out in numbers in the town, but the only incidents reported were some store owners being told to stop selling the small plastic bags typically used for carrying drugs, according to media on the ground.

Police have said they're prepared to respond to any reports of threats or violence.

Senior Sergeant Mike Henwood said any concerns about drug dealers should be passed onto officers.

"We reinforce people should not take matters into their own hands," he said.

The Tribal Huk name originates from the Philippines' Hukbalahap resistance movement in World War II. It was formed in the 1970s to as a protection measure against the larger Head Hunters and Mongrel Mob gangs, NZME reports.

In 2008, Mr Pink was sentenced to six months home detention after busting into a drug dealer's home with a sledgehammer, in what was described as an act of vigilantism against meth.

Last year the gang made headlines when a "sandwich gang" started giving free school lunches to children in the area and later put $20,000 behind a plan to expand the initiative across the country.

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