'They kept asking me who is she, why is she doing this?' – father in Auckland road rage ordeal reveals toll on daughters

The Auckland father at the centre of the road rage incident in which a woman implied he did not know the New Zealand road laws because of his Chinese heritage has spoken of the impact the barrage had on his children.

Eric Ng was driving his two daughters to school yesterday 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.

"Hey, don't yell at me mate, I'm a New Zealand citizen, I was born here, alright," the woman said to Mr Ng during an ugly tirade at his van window.

Mr Ng had his two daughters in the back seat at the time, as he drove them to Mission Heights Primary.

"They will subconsciously think that some people can just walk up and question you, even if you haven't done anything wrong, obviously," Mr Ng told 1 NEWS NOW.

"Yeah, they're a bit upset, they keep asking me 'who is she? why is she doing this?'.

"Don't worry too much I say, I will explain to you after school, nothing to worry, so I have to comfort them when I dropped them off at school because they will think it is a bit sudden to them for some people to just walk up in the middle of the road and question them."

Mr Ng was however proud of how his daughters reacted to being questioned by the woman during her criticism at their van window.

"Have you got your seatbelt on? No you haven't," the woman said to Mr Ng's daughters.

But one of them quickly replied: "Yep, I have."

This address to his children was the most distressing part of the altercation, said Mr Ng.

"I think why are you question my kids without my permission?" Mr Ng said.

"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."

Eric Ng had his daughters in the back seat when an angry Auckland motorist wrongly accused him of not being a NZ citizen due to his Chinese heritage. Source: 1 NEWS



Female tourist who failed to return from late-night run found safe and well in Rotorua

A British tourist who was reported missing after failing to return from a late night run in Rotorua has been found safe and well.

The woman went missing in the Blue Lake area of Rotorua around 8.30pm yesterday.

Her husband rang police when she didn't return and police search teams began looking for her.

Police located her today and say she took a wrong turn, becoming lost on what was supposed to be a short run.

Police say the woman is shaken but has been reunited with her concerned husband.

Police Source: 1 NEWS

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Retail crime costing the industry $1 billion a year, new report finds

Retail crime is getting more violent and is costing the industry around $1 billion a year, a new report has found.

A report released today by Retail New Zealand and Otago University has found retailers are facing increasingly organised and violent criminals.

But it’s not just violent robberies, petty crime such as shop lifting is also getting worse.

Retail NZ says many retailers are having to take on the cost of protecting their staff and goods themselves.

"It’s a significant amount of money that ultimately is being paid for by all consumers because the price is being reflected in the goods,” Greg Hartford from Retail NZ said.

In 2003, at the last time of the last report, the total cost of crime was $564 million. This year it's $1.085 billion.

“It’s costing everyone money. It’s not only the retailers, but their families, communities and the country as a whole,” Crime Prevention Group chair Sunny Kaushal said.

The report shows 81 per cent of retailers having been impacted by some form of crime in the past 12 months.

The largest loss was to grocery, convenience, food and liquor stores.

Respondents in the report say they've noticed criminals being more brazen - including taking items in full sight of staff - and being more aggressive.

"Theft is still the most common form of crime in retail but the crime is becoming more aggravated, its becoming more threatening and often staff are put in situations they really shouldn't be put in,” Mr Hartford said.

Key recommendations in the report include government action in the form of funding a retail crime taskforce, setting targets for a reduction in retail crime and introducing an infringement notice for low-value offending to help deter retail crime.

"Retailers are concerned about the level of crime and its one of the reasons why NZ First and Labour are bringing 1800 more police officers. At the moment that police force is absolutely stretched, they're being asked to prioritise different levels of crime,” Police Minister Stuart Nash said.

Mr Nash met with Retail NZ to discuss the report this week, and reiterated that assault should always be reported and investigated but shoplifting will be a lower priority given stretched police resources.

Small business owners from Auckland will travel to parliament next week to meet with Mr Nash to discuss how to combat retail crime.

A new study out today shows retailers are facing more organised and violent crimes. Source: 1 NEWS