Immigration New Zealand served a group of tourists deportation notices following a report that they abused locals who confronted them for littering Takapuna Beach as well as making trouble in several restaurants.
The group, which is said to be a family, were filmed outside Hamilton Burger King as both police and immigration representatives were addressing them.
After meeting with the tourist family, an Immigration New Zealand spokesperson revealed that in respect to the Burger King incident, the family had been issued deportation notice.
According to him, Deportation Liability Notices (DLN) were given by Immigration New Zealand to individuals who were part of the situation at Burger King in Hamilton.
Explaining the situation, Assistant General Manager of immigration New Zealand – Peter Devoy said the action taken is in line with section 157(5) of the 2009 Immigration Act. This Act makes provision for issuing DLN to temporary visa holders for several reasons, character issues inclusive.
We Did Nothing Wrong
These English tourists have nevertheless maintained that they did not do anything wrong, emphasizing that they are a respectable family. They expressed their displeasure at the poor treatment they received in the country.
Johnson, a member of the family, said the situation was blown out of proportion when he was asked the beach littering question. He said they were insulted after his 8-year old nephew was slapped by another boy at the beach.
The family decided to leave the beach immediately for safety reasons and could not clean up their space which then sparked the littering issue.
A senior member of the family described the situation as very ridiculous.
With the DLN, the family now has four weeks -28 days to appeal their deportation. This seems unwanted as a member of the family revealed they would leave the country in 24 hours.
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