It's being labelled a 'gang warfare' after a series of killings in Northland involving Tribesmen and the Mongrel Mob, but police say the situation is under control.
The fatal shooting of a gang member this week is the latest in a string of retributions and those on the ground are blaming P.
However despite the spike in gang activity, police are reluctant to use the words 'gang war'.
Detective Inspector Kevin Burke says they're controlling the situation with extra staff being deployed from around the country to help out.
"Northland's like any other community in New Zealand, there are gang members," he said.
"At the end of the day, they aren't Rotary members."
Tribesman John Harris, aged 37, is the latest fatality after being fatally shot and dropped at an ambulance station in Whangarei yesterday morning.
Another Tribesman was shot and killed in Whangarei two weeks earlier.