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Attacks on Indian Kiwis 'shameful': Devoy

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/03/2017

Videos showing attacks on Indian New Zealanders don't represent who Kiwis really are, Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy says.

Unprovoked attacks caught on film in recent weeks is "shameful" behaviour, she says.

Auckland man Narindervir Singh live streamed an attack on him earlier this week, showing him being yelled and spat at.

"He's trying to threaten me, he's giving me bad names," Mr Singh said in the video, sitting in his car filming a man outside the window.

The man responds with a string of random words in an Indian accent before telling Mr Singh "go back to your f***ing own country" and "you Punjabi, f*** you".

Bikramjit Singh filmed a similar encounter at a Papatoetoe storage company, when he was told by a man "Go back to your f*****g country".

When he replied that New Zealand was his country, the man responded "no it's not".

Dame Susan encouraged politicians and other leaders to stand up for New Zealanders under attack.

She said the people who think it's OK to attack others need to grow up and get real.

"We are one of the most ethnically diverse nations on the planet as well as one of the most peaceful - if we want to keep it that way then some of us really need to pull our heads in," she said.

"This behaviour is shameful."

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