'Don't yell at me mate, I'm a New Zealand citizen, I was born here' - Auckland road rage turns ugly

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". 



David Parker accuses previous government of 'failing New Zealanders' for not addressing water treatment issues

Minister for Economic Development David Parker has accused the previous government of "failing New zealanders" after a report published today outlined the fact that 20 per cent of Kiwis drinking water is not treated putting them at risk.

Mr Parker was addressing media after an inquiry into Havelock North's drinking water contamination released a damning 296 page report into the safety and security of New Zealand's drinking water supply.

"I think it's clear this report will be concerning to a lot of new Zealanders, it shows the problems we had in Havelock North a lot more widespread than previously thought," he said.

When asked who was to blame for the water issues facing the country, Mr Parker answered directly that it was mainly the previous government's fault.

"One of the things the report makes clear is that central government has for at least five-years known that water supplies have not been doing their duty and the Ministry of Health and those responsible for them have effectively failed New Zealanders.

1 NEWS political reporter Katie Bradford has followed the saga since the 2016 gastro outbreak saw thousands taken ill. Source: 1 NEWS

"They say that over the last five-years not one compliance notice, let alone a prosecution was brought, not withstanding the fact that they knew that we had serious problems in some parts of New Zealand and it wasn't getting better," he said.

The report isn't all bad news though with Mr Parker wanting to address the fact a large majority of Kiwis had access to treated water.

"I think the point needs to be made that are largest centres like Auckland and Wellington city are properly delivering safe water to their consumers."

Also he pointed out that even though 20 per cent of the country was found to have water supplies that were at risk, that didn't mean that they weren't safe to drink.

The report makes 51 recommendations and says urgent action is needed.

It's the second stage of an inquiry launched following the August 2016 water contamination in Havelock North, which left 5000 people sick. 


 

The Minister for Economic Development says the country's water issues are "a lot more widespread than previously thought". Source: 1 NEWS

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Video: Jacinda Ardern labels Bill English 'confused' as pair argue over government's internal disagreement around benefit sanctions

National have continued to jump on the coalition government's differing opinions on benefit sanctions today as National Party leader Bill English persistently questioned Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern over the issue. 

It comes after NZ First MP Shane Jones announced his proposal for Work-for-the-Dole which would force unemployed youth into work, however the Green Party are against using benefit sanctions. 

Today in Parliament Jacinda Ardern said sanctions will always be part of New Zealand's benefit system and they are not proposing to change that principle. 

"I have acknowledged benefits have long been a part of the benefit system. This is a government focused on getting young people getting into work."

Bill English asked if young people should have an obligation to take a job and if not, should they be sanctioned. 

"The focus for us is not neglecting the 70,000 young people not in employment, education or training," Ms Ardern said. 

"We want to focus on giving them jobs and hope." She later labelled Mr English as "confused".  

Mr English asked if NZ First's Work-for-the-Dole scheme would work if there were no sanctions for people who refused to work. 

"What won't work is trying to explain to this country the use of excessive sanctions when there are no jobs, which was the case under that government," Ms Ardern said as the House erupted into shouting.