An Auckland man was this morning abused at his car window in an ugly road rage altercation by a woman who implied he was not a New Zealand citizen, and therefore did not know the road laws.
Eric Ng was driving his two daughters to school this morning in Flat Bush, Auckland, when, while stopped at an intersection, a woman in the car in front got out of her vehicle to exchange words following a difficult lane merge.
"You're wrong, you need to wait," the woman said as she pointed at him while approaching Mr Ng's van.
"Hey, don't yell at me mate, I'm a New Zealand citizen, I was born here, alright," the woman continued cutting off Mr Ng's reply.
She then turned on Mr Ng's daughters in his back seat.
"Have you got your seatbelt on? No you haven't."
However, one of Mr Ng's daughters quickly replied: "Yep, I have."
Ignoring the reply, the woman finished with: "You've got to give a bit more notice, that's alright, a bit more notice mate."
She then returned to her vehile as the light changed and drove off, at the intersection of Jeff Rd and Murphies Rd, Flat Bush.
Speaking to 1 NEWS, Mr Ng said he was quite offended by the altercation which he captured on his dashcam and posted to a Facebook residents group.
"I tried to say 'you are not right, there is nothing to argue' but she just stopped me talking and she told me she knows better than me because she is born here, she is a citizen, and I was speechless," Mr Ng said.
"If you think you are born here you are better, and she didn't end up telling me what I had done wrong, but she turned to me kids, that's what I feel not really happy, she questioned my kids.
"I think why are you question my kids without my permission?
"It's good my kids have the confidence to reply to her and say 'yeah, I have my seatbelt on'.
"It's really quite disturbing because I've lived in New Zealand for quite a long time. I've lived here for 23 years, longer than I've lived in any other country.
"I'm Chinese, but why you say you're a New Zealand citizen, I'm a New Zealand citizen too, and that's what made me not really comfortable.
"I thought I'd put it on Facebook and see what other people think about it."
The Facebook post has received almost 100 comments since being posted this morning.
One person referred it to the New Zealand Police Facebook page who replied with: "we have been made aware of this incident by a number of people".