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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 22. 14th September 1972



Formed in Ponsonby, Auckland, in 1969. Their membership ranged from about 60 - to indefinite numbers. It was formed because of the lack of recreational and social facilities. It was also formed to protect themselves from rival gangs who - 'invaded their territory'. The Nigs 'headquarters' was in Ponsonby Billiard Parlour, which is within a stone's throw of the well-known hotels - Gluepot and Suffolk. Their rivals were the 'Spades', who were another gang from the same area. The Nigs were a peace-loving gang compared to other gangs of the same period. The Nigs 'fathered' another gang in the area: They were known as the 'Junior Nigs' whose membership comprised the younger members from the Ponsonby area who weren't old enough to join the Senior Nigs.