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Family who were told they would be deported after 'causing destruction' across New Zealand can't be booted out of the country for nearly two weeks because of legal red tape

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 1/18/2019 Sahar Mourad and Max Margan For Daily Mail Australia

a group of people on a beach: A group of Irish tourists have been filmed leaving beer bottles and piles of rubbish on a busy beach

A group of Irish tourists have been filmed leaving beer bottles and piles of rubbish on a busy beach
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A family of rowdy tourists who have been accused of causing carnage across New Zealand cannot be deported for at least two weeks.

The group have denied leaving beer bottles and piles of rubbish on a busy beach, before a child threatened to 'knock the brains out' of locals who confronted them. 

They were handed a Deportation Liability Notice (DLN) on Tuesday, which could lead to them being banned from returning to New Zealand for at least five years, Newshub reported.

Despite the deportation notice, the group moved and are now located in Wellington, and might not have to leave New Zealand yet.

'Section 157(5) of the Immigration Act 2009 provides for temporary visa holders to be issued with a DLN on a number of grounds, including matters relating to character,' an Immigration NZ (INZ) spokesperson told the publication. 

'Deportation Liability Notice is the first stage in the deportation process and activates the individual's appeal rights.

'During this appeal period, the individual cannot be deported from the country, unless they agree to waive their appeal rights. Once an individual's appeal rights expire, INZ may serve the individual with a Deportation Order.'

They now have two weeks to prove to INZ they are worthy of remaining in the country for the rest of their trip, and why they shouldn't be deported.

They are also allowed to appeal the decision of deportation within four weeks of the notice in an independent tribunal.  

One of the group members, Tina Marie Cash, 26, faced court on Tuesday and pleaded guilty to two counts of theft where she was accused of stealing energy drinks, a rope and sunglasses from an Auckland service station on two separate occasions.  

Cash was convicted and ordered to pay $55 in reparation, news.com.au reported.

Some of the others were accused of littering and scamming their way out of meals by allegedly saying there's ants or hair in their food, the publication reported. 

The incident which brought attention to the touritsts unfolded at Auckland's Takapuna Beach on New Zealand's North Island on Sunday, was captured on camera by Krista Curnow.  

She claimed the group of about 12 tourists turned violent when she asked them to clean their mess as they left the beach. 

'Their response was basically if we have a problem then we can pick it up and that that's what the council is for,' Ms Curnow said. 

'I approached the family to ask again if they could not disrespect our country while visiting and pick up their rubbish. 

'They turned violent and even grandma and the child got involved saying they wanted to punch my head in.'

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Footage showed a young boy, wearing a wide-brimmed Bunnings Warehouse hat, approach Ms Curnow, telling her: 'I'll knock your brains out'. 

'The mouth on that young boy - absolutely disgusting! What kind of role models are the parents allowing this sort of behaviour,' Ms Curnow said. 

'We live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, how dare people come to NZ and disrespect our country, this is our home.'  

The Irish family later ordered food at a nearby Nandos store, before demanding a refund, The New Zealand Herald reported. 

Another local claimed they confronted the family at a Bunnings Warehouse after seeing the video online. 

'We just came across him in Bunnings Hillsborough... he was wearing the same clothes,' the woman wrote on Facebook. 

'He's absolutely sh***ing himself after getting a bit of a talking to from my partner about respecting our country.' 

Footage of the incident has since gone viral and has garnered thousands of comments.   

'...Imagine having to sit next to them on a 12-hour flight. Horrendous! Glad you said something,' one wrote. 

'What did I just watch? That little boy thought he was so tough,' another noted.

A third said: 'Being Irish, this embarrasses me so much. It's people like this that made me leave Ireland. Absolute disgrace.'

Ms Curnow said she and her friends cleaned up the tourists' mess, with the help of other beachgoers.

'I loved how everyone else on the beach came to support and we all picked up the rubbish together! Love NZ,' she said.           

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