A brawl between two rival gangs involving weapons broke out during a funeral procession in Whakatane yesterday.

Police were alerted to the incident, reportedly outside the funeral directors on Awatapu Dr, by members of the public who complained of disorder and fighting with weapons.

Police attended the scene at around 8.40pm.

"The disorder occurred during a funeral procession for Mongrel Mob member who died in Kawerau yesterday," police said in a statement.


Police also received one report that a Black Power member was struck by a departing vehicle.

The funeral procession was approximately 10-15 vehicles, police said in a statement.

Police are investigating the disorder incident.