Christchurch terror victim's family subjected to alleged racist abuse in north Canterbury shop

The sister of a man killed in the Christchurch terror attack claims she and her mother were the subjects of a racist verbal attack while they were out shopping in the city.

A video of part of the altercation was posted on social media and has prompted calls for new hate speech laws in Aotearoa to be hastened.

Aya Al-Umari and her mother Janna had been discussing shades of lipstick in Arabic at a Farmers outlet in north Canterbury's Rangiora when the incident took place.

"I noticed in the peripheral of my vision that this woman was visibly annoyed," she told Newshub.

When Janna tried a lipstick sample which she had smeared on her hand, Aya says the woman spoke up.

"She said to her husband 'oh she shouldn't be doing that' and I said to her politely 'did you mean to directly speak to us?'"

Aya claims the woman told her husband: "It's okay, it won't be long before they leave our country."

That was when she decided to record what was happening.

In the video, the woman can be heard saying "going home would be a good idea" and that she's "very proud of New Zealand", where she claims to have been "born and bred".

Aya's brother Hussein Al-Umari was murdered in the terror attack on two Christchurch mosques on March 15 last year.

"We lost Hussein because of ignorant hatred like this," she said.

Janna has also previously spoken out about racism in Christchurch, after the Royal Commission of Inquiry's report into the attacks was released.

"One of the pages that's attracted me is that Christchurch has the highest percentage of racism [in New Zealand]," she told The Project.

"Yeah, I'm leaving Christchurch. I'm leaving next year."

The Farmers incident has now prompted a call for urgency for the Government to review hate speech legislation.

"That is long overdue," Anjum Rahman from the Islamic Women's Council NZ said. 

"I know that the work has been done, cabinet paper has been done, they just need to start submitting that into the house."

The video does not show the entire exchange and Newshub was unable to identify the couple to seek their side of the story, but a Farmers staff member is seen asking the couple to leave the store.

Farmers told Newshub it has no comment on the incident.

But Aya wants to make one thing perfectly clear: "Even though my brother was killed in the mosque and even though this happened and even though she told me to go home, home is in NZ for me."

Aya and her mother are determined to encourage others to stand up for themselves.