Sean Plunket jokes Kiwis have been 'culturally insensitive' to rowdy tourists

News 21/01/2019

Magic Talk host Sean Plunket joked that New Zealanders have been "culturally insensitive" against the pack of rowdy British tourists plaguing New Zealand.

Describing them as "those lovely English tourists", he listeners how many Kiwis would support the family, who have been accused of theft, littering and general chaos.

"I think we've been culturally insensitive to them, to be honest," he joked on Monday.

"They live a different way. They see the world a different way, so where's our tolerance for these people who just have a completely different moral code than we do and don't care about littering?"

The group have been calling for Auckland Mayor Phil Goff to lose his job after he called them "trash" and "leeches" due to the amount of rubbish they abandoned at Takapuna Beach.

"He turned around and started calling us pigs, Irish this that and the other, we're garbage. And I don't think he should actually be the mayor and running any town or city what he's running - I'm not sure what he's running," John Johnson, a member of the family, told Newshub.

"But I believe that you should lose your job for that reason because he should not be shite-talking about other people."

However the group do appear to be living up to Mr Goff's words, after they allegedly left a huge mess in a Wellington motel room.

A motel cleaner told the Daily Mail that after the group departed their room "smelt like kids' poo" and was strewn with Red Bull cans and spaghetti.

"I think they were dirty people, we had to wash everything," she told the British tabloid.

The group have been served deportation notices by Immigration New Zealand and will be leaving this week.

Mr Johnson told Newshub the group have been "badly bullied" and have lost their holiday and a lot of money - and he's considering legal action.

"We don't want to take appropriate action, legal actions against anybody and we were contacted by a very, very high solicitor in London. Said he wanted to take this to Brussels, take this to the European Court of Human Rights, okay," he says.

"Said he wants to take the case and he also wants to take a case against the mayor and the social media."

Fortunately for New Zealand and Mr Goff, Mr Johnson says they're a "respectable family" and would prefer to live in peace.

"We're not the kind of people that likes to bite back. We just want to be left alone," he says.

"We don't want to bite back. But we are talking as a family. I believe it is appropriate to do it, in one respect as how we've been treated."