The Anzac Day event was advertised on Tauranga’s Bahama Bar Facebook page, inviting revelers to destroy the effigy of the Nazi leader to get prizes and sweets, a celebration which raised some eyebrows with critics.
“Make sure you’re here around midnight to smash this guy up!! He’s filled with lollies and drink vouchers!! Happy Anzac Day!!” the bar told their Facebook fans.
A spokeswoman for the German embassy in New Zealand questioned the tastefulness and sensitivity of the bar’s decision.
“Anzac Day is about thinking of those deceased and hurt in all wars, is that the right way of acknowledging that?”
“There are some countries who just leave out passages of their past from their history books. We don’t do that… we deal with the past and try to make things better.” reported Stuff.co.nz
Bar owner Tony Carraway remained defiant, saying he would make the Nazi piñata “bigger and better” next year.
Carraway told SunLive “After killing millions upon millions of people it’s staggering the German Embassy would defend the name in any way shape or form.”
Image via Bahama Bar on Facebook