Gang members set to gather for Whangarei tangi

The police are expecting a big contingent of gang members to descend on Whangarei this weekend for the tangi of a patched Tribesmen member shot dead in the city this week.

John "John Boy" Henry Harris, 37 died at the St John Ambulance station on Tuesday morning after he was dropped there critically injured with a gunshot wound to the chest.

A jacket at the ambulance station. Photo: SNPA

Police say a dispute over a vehicle was behind the shooting and involved other members of the Tribesmen Motorcycle Club.

The incident happened early on Tuesday morning. Source: Google Maps

Detective Inspector Kevin Burke said police are expecting a large number of gang members from across the North Island to attend the tangi on Saturday.

The victim died of gunshot wounds to the chest. Photo: SNPA

He said additional staff from Auckland were drafted in to the district to provide coverage for the duration of the investigation.

Armed police stand guard at the scene. Photo: SNPA

Police are also calling for witnesses to a gathering in the Whangarei or Kamo areas in the early hours of Tuesday.