New Zealanders like to think that people of all sizes, beliefs and colours are welcome here.
But in the South Island a series of violent attacks on young Asians suggests otherwise.
On Wednesday three masked men broke itnot Chinese student's Christchruch home and bashed him.
And in May two Nelson skinheads were sentenced to eight and 12 months jail on charges of assault, and assault with intent to injure after a vicious attack on a group of Korean teenagers. Daniel Kitto and Harry McCormack were caught on camera as they beat up four students, in broad daylight, sitting outside a Nelson dairy. McCormack told police he didn't like Asians so wanted to hurt them. Kitto, said he joined in to prove something to his mates.
Police say Nelson is no worse than anywhere in the country, but Paul Hobbs discovered there's a lot of hate ready to spill out when you scratch the surface.
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To report incidents of racial harassment or violence people should contact their local Police station. People in the Nelson area that wish to pursue complaints with the police can contact Tasman District Commander, Superintendent Grant O'Fee personally on 0272232721 or on direct dial 03 5463848 In the case of an emergency or where the offenders are still present dial 111.
The free-phone number for Victim Support - Toll free: 0800 VICTIM (0800 842846). Their website is www.victimsupport.org.nz