The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand (HCNZ) has expressed disgust at the recent use of Nazi symbols and acts of antisemitism…

The HCNZ is appalled and concerned by the recent use of Nazi symbols and actions of intolerance and antisemitism.

The Wanaka Sun reported at a recent rodeo event, members of the pro-rodeo movement leant out of their vehicle yelling “I am a Nazi” and signalling with their arm in a pro-Nazi salute to protestors.

This was followed last week when a swastika was carved into a Maori carving near Piha beach, by someone who has yet to be caught.

Then on Wednesday morning members of the Wellington Jewish Progressive Congregation were greeted with fluorescent yellow swastikas and the word “Heil” which also appeared in several other inner-city locations.

The HCNZ is disgusted by the actions of those responsible and asks for anyone who knows what happened in Piha and Wellington to contact police immediately.

HCNZ CEO Chris Harris said: “We must be vigilant to combat this hatred. People need to realise that prejudice and discrimination have no place in our society.”

Even though these actions were unrelated, New Zealand, as is the world over, is experiencing a growing trend of the resurgent flagrant use of Nazi symbols, antisemitic actions and intolerance of diversity.

The HCNZ joins the world in marking 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz next Monday, with commemorations in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Harris said they hope that everyone will stand together and reflect on one of the darkest times in human history, and pledge to uphold “Never again”.