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Revealed: The true identities of 'unruly tourists' in NZ

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NZ Herald ,
Section
National,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 8:21a.m.
Joe and Miley Doran.
Joe and Miley Doran.

The identities of the unruly tourists causing a storm up and down the country can be revealed.

The eldest member of the group, the Daily Mail Australia reports, is 55-year-old grandmother Barbara Doran.

And despite being known around New Zealand as "John Johnson", the unofficial spokesman for the family is, in fact, named Joe Doran.

Joe Doran at Takapuna beach, where the unruly tourist saga all bega. Photo / Facebook.
Joe Doran at Takapuna beach, where the unruly tourist saga all bega. Photo / Facebook.

He's married to Miley Doran and the pair reportedly have lived in various caravan parks around the East Midlands in the UK.

Barbara Doran told the Daily Mail she is too scared to sleep at night and that the family believe they are being "tortured" by the public.

The family - the so-called "holidaymakers from hell" - have made headlines around the world since after leaving rubbish on Takapuna Beach and abusing a local woman. The group also were accused of leaving restaurants with unpaid bills and one member of the unruly clan pleaded guilty to stealing from an Auckland service station.

Over the weekend they were accused of leaving a Kiwi motel "stinking of kid's poo".

"I'm very, very frightened, honestly,' Barbara Doran told Daily Mail Australia.

"I'm not going to go and get food without paying for it. I'm not going to put myself that low.

"I've never done it in England, I'm not going to come and do it here."

Joe Doran told the Herald last week that his family was respectable and denied the allegations.

That was before family member Tina Maria Cash, 26, pleaded to guilty to theft of Red Bull and sunglasses in the Hamilton District Court and paid $55 in reparations.

During the interview, Joe Doran claimed his grandfather was the "10th richest man in England".

In a separate interview with Newshub, he claimed: "No member of my family stole anything at any stage in New Zealand. We were not brought up that way.'

Members of the family near the Hamilton District Court. Photo / Chris Cornege
Members of the family near the Hamilton District Court. Photo / Chris Cornege

Cash claimed to Newshub that she had been "vomiting blood" since her arrest and claimed the family had been treated with "no respect".

"If people come to the UK, they have rights,' she told Newshub. "What are our rights here? We have none."

PATH OF CARNAGE

The travellers have made headlines around the world since a video emerged of rubbish being strewn on a Takapuna Beach reserve. Bystanders asked the group to tidy the mess but were abused and threatened.

It has since emerged members of the group arrived in New Zealand on December 29. There have been several accounts of members refusing to pay for food or services, hectoring hospitality staff and claiming their food had been contaminated by ants or hair.

Last Wednesday, a 26-year-old female member of the group pleaded guilty in the Hamilton District Court to stealing energy drinks, a rope and sunglasses from an Auckland service station on two separate occasions.

The court heard Tina Maria Cash stole a can of Red Bull from a Caltex service station at Albany on December 31.

On January 3, Cash allegedly returned to the Caltex with her children and stole more Red Bull, rope and sunglasses valued at $50.

Last Tuesday the family was trespassed from Burger King Te Rapa after the family walked through the drive-through.

They had been at the restaurant earlier in the day causing a nuisance and complaining about and asking for free food.

It is understood they claimed to have hair in the food and were refunded more than $30.

On the weekend the "holidaymakers from hell" left a bomb of rubbish in a Levin hotel with cleaners having to spend hours to get the accommodation back up to scratch.

A spokesperson for the motel told Daily Mail Australia there were cigarette butts scattered on the ground, empty red bull cans thrown around the room and towels bunched up in the shower.

The cleaner also revealed the room was "stinking of poo".

The cleaner said the room was "really messy, and it smelt like kid's poo".

"I had to open all the windows, and I told my boss to leave them open as well as the door, so it could air out."

According to the motel, spaghetti was found around the bed while cans and bottles of toiletry items were found dumped on the shower floor.

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