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

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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 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.
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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."

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