Armed police have raided the South Island headquarters of international bikie gang the Mongols MC as they search for a man’s killer.
Kane Wayman was dropped at Christchurch Hospital in a critical condition by a woman driving a white Mercedes early on New Year’s Day.
He died a short time later.
Police launched a homicide investigation to “determine the circumstances of the death”, Detective Senior Sergeant Joel Syme said.
The white Mercedes was seen cordoned off and guarded by police outside the hospital’s new building, Waipapa, on Riccarton Ave on Friday morning.
It was later removed by a tow truck.
Stuff understands the Mercedes had earlier pulled up behind a fire truck parked outside Canterbury Museum.
The driver told firefighters, who were responding to a callout, that an injured man was in the car.
She said she found Wayman, who was known to her, on the side of State Highway 1 near Burnham.
Firefighters then helped the woman take him to hospital.
SH1 near Burnham was closed briefly on Friday evening as armed police raided the South Island headquarters of the Mongols.
It is understood the gang hosted a party at the pad on New Year’s Eve.
Investigators are now searching the property looking for clues that might lead them to Wayman’s killer.
A shocked friend of Wayman, who declined to be named, said she was invited to the party at the Mongols pad, but couldn’t go.
Something must have gone “terribly wrong”, she said.
Kane didn’t deserve to be hurt the way he was.”
The woman, who had known Wayman for about 12 years, said he was the “kindest teddy bear”.
“He’s going to be dearly missed – mostly by his daughter, family and friends.”
The Mongols, led by national president Jim Thacker, established a chapter in the Bay of Plenty in 2019.
The gang expanded into the South Island early last year, creating tension among rival groups, particularly the Tribesmen MC, which was considered the dominant player in the region’s underworld at the time.
In separate attacks in February, believed to be targeted at the Mongols, a tattoo parlour and a barbershop were rammed by vehicles in Christchurch. The barbershop, which has no apparent link to the gang other than through a man who used to associate with the local president, was also firebombed.
The same month, the Mongols’ Burnham headquarters was shot at by someone wielding a high-calibre rifle.
Police raided the property several days later and found 10 guns – military-style semi-automatics, shotguns, and a pistol – some of which were hidden in the walls and ceiling, along with dozens of bullets, $50,000 cash and methamphetamine.
Since then police, including members of the National Organised Crime Group, have raided the pad on at least two other occasions.