Nureddin Abdurahman has plenty of first hand experience of racism.
When a woman walked into his Wellington shop and said his religion is evil and that Muslims have the potential to “bring jihad and kill us all”, the shop owner was disappointed, but not surprised.
Abdurahman shared a 15-minute video of the interaction with the woman online, which created a significant response and prompted conversations about how to appropriately discuss religion.
Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon viewed the video and said there is “no need to fear Islamophobia in Aotearoa as there no need to fear Christianity”.
”A father-of-three and owner of Kilbirnie’s Near And Far Import Export Ltd, Nureddin Abdurahman, is used to discrimination in New Zealand, after the years of racism he experienced working as a taxi driver. Drunken verbal and physical abuse aimed at Abdurahman and his colleagues was normal."
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This weeks Pet of the Day is Hazel, a cavapoochon. Cavapoochon are a triple-cross breed, combining the best traits of the Cavalier King Charles, Bichon Frise and Toy Poodle.
Proud owner Fiona Soffe says Hazel is well known in Kilbirnie.
"She’s four years old and we’ve owned her since she was five weeks old, I formula feed her till she was old enough to start solids. She’s a princess."
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