He told FBI agents his pension wasn't big enough.
With the nearest bank 62km away, the small community is struggling.
The gunman is the suspect in a recent Los Angeles murder case.
"Every moment we're realising what we've lost."
Police have arrested a man believed to be involved.
The dramatic night of crime ended with a dog bite in a Mangere cemetery.
An armed man was shot dead by police after the robbery this morning.
The victim is still recovering after being attacked in his Christchurch home.
Robbing the bank was just his first mistake.
The crime was met with a wave of outrage from locals.
CCTV showed one savagely beating the shop worker in the face.
The "disgusting" offenders took cigarettes in the savage aggravated robbery.
They assumed his mask meant he had a skin condition, and left him alone.
Viral video shows him crying on the floor in a savage arm-bar.
Police said they had information the offender may have been armed.
The owners say stocking tobacco products is just not worth the risk.
Police allege she used garden secateurs as a weapon during the incident.
Police have appealed to the public for information.