Hoardings in the Bay of Plenty promoting Jacinda Ardern ahead of the New Zealand General Election have been defaced with Nazi imagery.

Billboards featuring the Prime Minister and local Labour candidate Angie Warren-Clark on Parton Road in Papamoa have been covered in swastikas and had their eyes covered in spray paint.

Juliet Moses, a spokesperson for the NZ Jewish Council, said the imagery is “offensive and can be traumatic” for members of New Zealand’s Jewish community.

“We still have Holocaust refugees and survivors in our community and, of course, the swastika for them conjures up personal memories of suffering and loss.”

She said it wasn’t the first time political hoardings were vandalised in a way that was offensive to Jewish people.

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