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‘Such racism’: Vandals attack billboards of 3 Asian candidates in New Zealand

  • Three candidates of Asian descent running for a seat in Auckland, New Zealand — Howick Ward Councilor Paul Young, first-time candidate Vinson Yu and Auckland mayoral candidate Robert Hu — were recently targeted by suspects who vandalized campaign billboards with the candidates’ faces.
  • "It's very bad for young east Asian or ethnic candidates who want to stand up to make a contribution for our community and Tāmaki Makaurau... such racism, it's not acceptable,” Young told RNZ’s news show “Morning Report.”
  • “I have been living here for [the] last 33 years ... Aotearoa New Zealand is our home – is my home – so it should not happen like this,” Young added.
  • Yu, who is running for a seat on the Howick Local Board, was disheartened after seeing his billboard defaced along Bucklands Beach.
  • Meanwhile, Hu told "Morning Report" that he has already reported a similar incident to the police and the Human Rights Commission.
  • The Human Rights Commission is now investigating the case, Commissioner Meng Foon said.

Three candidates of Asian descent running for a seat in Auckland, New Zealand, were recently targeted by suspects who vandalized campaign billboards with the candidates’ faces.

Paul Young, Howick Ward’s current councilor who is running for a seat again this year, raised concerns to RNZ’s news show “Morning Report” after learning that his face on over 20 billboards was either covered with white paint or cut out. The picture of his running mate, Howick Local Board member Bo Burns, has not been targeted by vandals.

Brutal attack on Chinese man in Auckland supermarket sparks calls for stronger hate crime laws in NZ

  • A Chinese father was grocery shopping at Pak'nSave Albany in Auckland, New Zealand, when a man verbally and physically harassed him on July 24.
  • The man hurled racist remarks, including “go back to where you’re from,” according to the victim’s daughter.
  • The father was reportedly covered in egg residue and had received punches and kicks to his head, chest, stomach and lower back. He suffered multiple bruises to his head.
  • The incident has prompted Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon to call for stronger hate crime laws.
  • He said the COVID-19 pandemic brought on a “remarkable spike” in racism directed toward the Asian community in New Zealand.

The Asian community in New Zealand are calling on the government to enact stronger hate crime laws following a racially motivated attack on a Chinese father in an Auckland supermarket. 

The unidentified father was grocery shopping at Pak’nSave Albany on July 24 at around 8:30 a.m. when a man verbally and physically harassed him, reported The New Zealand Herald.

Man goes on ’10-minute racist tirade’ after hearing two men speaking Korean on an Auckland train

Racist Tirade Train Auckland
  • Leonard Hong and his friend from Korea were speaking Korean on the Western train line to Swanson when an “old white guy” set off on a racist tirade in Auckland, New Zealand, on Sunday.
  • “It’s ridiculous that in a wonderful multicultural city like Auckland that some old white guy comes up to me and calls me a ‘dog eater’ and mock me. Utterly disgraceful,” Hong tweeted.
  • The man was forced to apologize by the train manager, who stopped the train to confront him.
  • Hong commended the train manager and the other passengers on board who supported him and his friend.

A man reportedly went on a 10-minute-long “racist tirade” after hearing two men speaking Korean while on a train in Auckland, New Zealand.

Leonard Hong and his friend, who was visiting from Korea, were on their way to visit the Sky Tower when a man allegedly targeted Hong on the Western train line to Swanson on Sunday. 

Chinese woman stabbed over 20 times in Auckland by her ex-business partner, prosecutor says

Elizabeth Zhong
  • Elizabeth Zhong, a 55-year-old businesswoman, was stabbed over 20 times before her body was found in the trunk of her car in New Zealand on Nov. 28 last year.
  • Fang Sun, her 48-year-old former business partner, was shortly after charged with her murder and appeared at Auckland’s High Court on Tuesday, pleading not guilty.
  • Sun reportedly blamed Zhong for mismanaging money totaling over $16.5 million after their business fell into debt, according to prosecutors.
  • “He used a knife to stab her over 20 times, targeting her head, her neck and her back,” Prosecutor Gareth Kayes said. “Before he could dispose of the body more permanently, Ms. Zhong’s friends … found her car.”
  • Defense lawyer Sam Wimsett suggested that Sun might have been framed.

Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of violence some readers may find disturbing.

A woman in New Zealand was stabbed over 20 times before her body was stuffed into a suitcase and left in the trunk of her car.

12-year-old Filipino girl barred from living with her parents in New Zealand due to her autism

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  • A 12-year-old girl from the Philippines, Arianna Alfonzo, has been denied a visa to New Zealand due to her autism.
  • New Zealand’s immigration policies limit the entry of people with disabilities or illnesses based on an evaluation of “high-cost” medical conditions.
  • Although both of her parents have residency status in New Zealand, Alfonzo has been living with her mother in the Philippines since her father moved to work in New Zealand six years ago.
  • Alfonzo’s application for a visitor visa was denied in 2018.
  • New Zealand Green Party MP Ricardo Menéndez March requested last year that Associate Immigration Minister Phil Twyford intervene on Alfonzo’s behalf; however, the request was denied.

Despite both of her parents having residency status in New Zealand, a 12-year-old girl from the Philippines has been denied entry due to her autism.

Arianna Alfonzo has lived in the Philippines apart from her father while he has worked in New Zealand for the past six years. In 2018, Arianna’s application for a visitor visa was rejected after it was determined that she did not meet “acceptable standards of health.”

Chinese Student Captures Racist Assault on Video at New Zealand High School

An extremely racist video shows a Chinese student being victimized by one of his peers who was using racial slurs and physical violence against him at Westlake Boys High School in Auckland, New Zealand.

The incident occurred on the stairwell of the all-boys school located in Forest Hill, as seen on the video posted on the Chinese messaging app WeChat, Stuff reported.