Ruthless drug cartels, multimilliondollar deals and violent turf wars might sound like the content of a Netflix drama, but it is the shocking reality of what is occurring in many of the communities in which New Zealanders live, work and raise their families.

Steve Braunias talks to two investigative journalists whose research helps shine a light on some of the darkest corners of Aotearoa New Zealand life: author of the bestselling Gangland and follow-up Gangster’s Paradise, Jared Savage, and political writer and author of Mad on Meth, Benedict Collins.

Together they reflect on how we came to this point, lend insights into who the key players and forces are, and discuss how our country might begin to deal with its biggest dealers.

Also at Auckland Writers Festival 2024

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Last updated: 12 March 2024