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A Wellington bus company is investigating after a video of a man racially abusing two Muslim men on a bus was published online.
The video shows an older New Zealand man verbally abusing two young men, who appeared to be Middle Eastern, as they were getting off a bus in Naenae, Lower Hutt.
He called the two men "Islam c***s" and accused them of "shooting innocent people". As the men got off the bus he then told them to "go back to their own country".
A female passenger is being hailed as a hero after standing up to the man.
She clapped while he was ranting and told the two young men "welcome to New Zealand”, before telling the man to "behave".
“It doesn't matter who killed who,” she said.
The man eventually turned his attention to the woman, telling her to “get f***ed”.
The woman who uploaded the video to Facebook, an Iraq national who wished only to be known as ‘Noor’, says the first driver told the man to stop but when a new driver took over, nothing was done.
"Who are you to tell anyone to go back to your country?” she wrote.
“New Zealand don't need people like you here [sic]. People like this need to grow up and [get] a life… we don't want anything like that here."
Noor, who is Muslim, says she wears a religious headscarf and is grateful for the woman who spoke up against the man.
NZ Bus told 3 News they were not aware of the incident, but said they would investigate.
The identity of the man in the video is not known.
source: data archive