Police have caught fugitive Daniel Waka Minogue at a backpackers in Blenheim.
Nelson Bays area commander Inspector Steve Greally said Minogue was arrested by the Armed Offenders Squad on Thursday night, after someone recognised him at a backpackers lodge and tipped off police.
Minogue had been on the run from police for a week and was wanted in relation to a violent home invasion in Canvastown and a separate assault on his former partner.
Three other associates of Minogue, one who lives in Blenheim and two who live in Nelson who are also believed to have connections with the Mongrel Mob, have been arrested by police.
Mr Greally said the arrests would disrupt the mob setting up in the region, and sent a message they were not welcome.
He said he was proud of the efforts of the police in Nelson and Marlborough who had worked to capture the violent offenders.
Some police had come in to work when not on call.The Nelson and Marlborough communities were safer following the arrests of the violent offenders, some of whom were facing long periods in jail.
''I can't ask more from my staff and the community can't ask more from police.''
Nelson police have dealt with a number of violent incidents over the past week, including a number of stabbings and violent assaults.
Police had now made arrests in most of the cases of recent violence, Mr Greally said.
While the offending was nasty it was an isolated spike in violent offending, and the incidents were unrelated, he said.
''It's just angry people with knives.''
In 90 per cent of the cases the victims and the offenders knew each other, and it was not people just ''going nuts'', he said.
Daniel Waka Minogue, 31, of Nelson appeared in the Blenheim District Court on this afternoon facing 13 charges and was remanded to appear in the Nelson District Court on Tuesday October 23.
The charges include
aggravated robbery causing grievous bodily harm,
wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm,
two charges of injuring with intent to injure
threatening to kill
two charges of burglary,
two charges of breaching a protection order,
breaching a restraining order,
obstructing the course of justice
breach of community work.
- The Marlborough Express