Community leaders cry out for tougher penalties following brutal liquor store attack

The Auckland community group have launched a petition calling for more patrols. Source: 1 NEWS

Privacy concerns raised as government cracks down on money laundering

There are concerns that a proposed anti-money laundering laws will be an intrusion of privacy for many Pacific Island families who send money home to their families every month.

It's a common tradition for many Islander families, and could make them a target for the police as the government cracks down on money laundering. 

From November 1, banks will be required to hand over a customer's name, address, phone number, and IP address if their transaction exceeds the new limits. 

For international transfers that's above $1,000 and any cash transactions within New Zealand above $10,000. 

Police estimate that more than $1.5 billion is laundered through New Zealand bank transfers each year. 

"The question we have to ask is, can the police be trusted in relation to this?" said human rights lawyer Michael Bott. 

"Do we need to have this level of intrusion into people's private lives?

However, Prime Minister Bill English said the changes aren't set in stone and there will be an opportunity to scrutinise the legislation more. 

International wire transfers of $1,000 and domestic transactions greater than $10,000 will soon be reported to police. Source: 1 NEWS


'I was scared' – Auckland liquor store owner says he feared for his life during brutal attack

The shopkeeper who was brutally attacked at a South Auckland liquor store this week has told 1 NEWS he feared for his life during the evening raid.

CCTV footage from the Super Store Liquor shop in Otahuhu showed three men entering the store.

Sunny Sahota was working behind the counter when he was attacked by a man, seen leaping over the counter and delivering a flurry of punches.

"I was scared, you know. I was worried about me, worried about my family also.

"If he kills me, something like that, you know? Who can look after my family?”

Mr Sahota was back at work the following day, despite receiving injuries.

"He attacked on my face, my head, and my finger is injured. Punching me on my head, on my back...he damaged a lot of bottles inside the shop," he said.

A community group has been established, on the back of a spate of dairy and liquor store attacks.

"It's quite a serious concern. In the last ten days there have been six incidents," Stop Crime NZ founder Sunny Kaushal said.

"If you look at these brutal attacks in broad daylight, it shows that the offenders have no fear of police. They have no fear of law of the land, they have no fear of being caught."

The group has launched a national petition and wants to see more police patrols, a reduction of the youth age to eleven, and giving shopkeepers the right to defend themselves.

It is organising a march for next month.

Sunny Sahota was attacked last week by a man leaping over the store counter during an evening raid. Source: 1 NEWS