There are more than 6500 patched or prospective gang members across New Zealand - and that number is set to swell due to a resurgence in the scene making the criminal groups "cool" again.

Figures provided to the Herald under the Official Information Act reveal that there are 6535 "patched and prospect" gang members on the National Gang List.

The list is held by the Gang Intelligence Centre, a police-led agency set up in 2016 which draws on knowledge from several government agencies to build detailed information about the activity of gang members and prospects.

The information is used to

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