Calls for hate speech law change after Christchurch terror attack victim's son allegedly racially abused

An incident where the son of a Christchurch terror attack victim was allegedly the subject of a racist ambush outside his Canterbury bakery has renewed calls for a quicker change to hate speech laws.

Said Abdukadir was coming out of Christchurch's Bush Inn mall, where he owns and operates a bakery, on Tuesday when he came across a man being abusive to mall security.

"He got too aggressive with the security guard and the lady that was cleaning the place, and that's when I stepped in," he says.

Abdukadir asked the man, who seemed drunk, to leave.

"Then he went on a rant about us being foreigners and we shouldn't be telling him what to do and this is his country, he can do whatever he wants."

Abdukadir posted a video to Facebook of what happened next, which was a tirade of racist comments ending with a reference to the March 15 attacks.

"My mission was for these women just not to get hurt by this guy - that's all I was trying to do and he just went on this rant... but this is where it got worse. He said something to the extent of, 'this is why you guys get killed'."

Abdukadir's father, Elmi, was killed at Al Noor mosque. Eight members of his family, including him, survived the terrorist attack.

"I said, 'are you saying that the people that died at the mosque deserved to die?' and he said 'yeah'," Abdukadir says.

He was traumatised after March 15 and says these comments have set him years back in his recovery from the massacre.

His experience has been met with horror in the Muslim community.

"First reaction was utter shock, disbelief, more so for the victim of this Islamaphobic attack," says Abdigani Ali spokesperson for the Muslim Association of Canterbury.

The Government has promised changes to New Zealand's hate speech laws and to introduce harsher penalties, but the Muslim community says it's happening far too slowly.

"It will continue happening until there's some sort of legislative laws put into place by our Government to stop anyone from thinking about doing it," Ali says.

There have been reactions of horror for what happened to Abdukadir from outside the Muslim community too.

"It just makes you shiver, it just makes you sick. These things shouldn't be going on," one person says.

"He was actually trying to help, he was trying to be a good citizen and he was judged on how he looks and it's not okay," another says.

But others don't believe it's that widespread.

"You do have your problems but the media do blow a lot out of proportion as well," one says.

Just six months ago another victim's family, the Al-Umaris, were taunted by a woman in Farmers and caught the abuse on camera.

That woman was eventually charged, but police are yet to act on this latest incident.