A Tauranga pub's decision to celebrate Anzac Day with a Nazi piñata is being called “insensitive” by the German Embassy in New Zealand.
In celebration of Anzac Day, Tauranga's Bahama Hut posted a photo on its Facebook page showing the German dictator's piñata with the comment “make sure you're here around midnight to smash this guy up!! He's filled with lollies and drink vouchers!! Happy Anzac Day!!”
Tauranga's Bahama Hut invited club goers to come and hit an Adolf Hitler piñata last night as part of Anzac Day. Photo supplied.
The photo, posted yesterday, has since received 145 likes along with mixed comments including “Really Bahama Hut, really? Did this just happen?” from readers.
The German Embassy says such actions are insensitive and it is something they do not look forward to seeing splashed across social media sites.
An embassy spokesperson says the use of the Swastika is banned throughout Germany, but because it is in New Zealand the embassy is unable to oversee any similar rule.
“We of course don't like these things, but because we are in New Zealand and it is not official rather private it is not something we can look into,” says an embassy spokesperson.
“It was used in the connection with Anzac and because it doesn't somehow fit together on a day where New Zealand soldiers and Australians are commemorated it is not the right way to respond to that.”
Neither the Mount Maunganui RSA or the Human Rights Commission would comment on the use of the piñata, but say they are aware of it.
Bahama Hut were unable to be reached for comment but their response to comments on the Facebook post attempts to justify the day has become broadly recognised.
“Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It's now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries. So lets celebrate what our troops did to protect our country!!”
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