A group of men ''dressed as pirates and Arabs in blackface'' in a Wanaka pub on Saturday night were made to wash their faces before being ''kicked out''.
Water Bary owner Toby May said his staff were "100 per cent correct in what they did".
"I spoke to the guys, a group of rural lads who had dressed up for the Ranfurly Shield rugby. Lots of people were dressed up, it's a bit like the Sevens used to be," he said.
"They thought they were being dirty pirates. They accepted it was a mistake and were very conciliatory and washed up once it was pointed out to them."
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