By Kelsey Wilkie For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 10:30 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 11:41 BST, 1 July 2019
Terrifying footage has emerged of a mother being held hostage by a knife-wielding meth addict while her young daughter watched on in horror.
Laura Wheeler was with her 14-year-old daughter Jessica at Burger King in Auckland, New Zealand, when she suddenly had a knife held to her neck.
She spent 31 minutes fearing for her life as police and bystanders attempted to talk Eddie Tamatea into releasing her.
Eddie Tamatea grabbed Laura Wheeler (both pictured) and held a knife to her neck as she waited at Burger King in Auckland, New Zealand
'There were times when I thought, 'this is not even real, this is not happening', and then times when reality kicked in and I was like: