A football field sized poppy will be created by New Zealanders who will place 59,000 red metal discs with their messages and names to create The Giant Poppy Art installation for the WW1 100 year Anniversary.
The nine day project gets underway today at the Auckland Domain in time for Anzac Day.
The 59,000 red metal discs symbolise the number of New Zealand men and women who were wounded or killed in WW1. People in Auckland will be able to come to the Domain, and in return for giving a donation to support the RSA they will receive a disc.
RSA National President, BJ Clark, said “The Poppy will not only be the largest in size, it will also be the largest in heart – containing 59,000 messages of remembrance and supporting our Kiwi ex-service and servicemen and women,”. The launch will be attended by Hon Maggie Barry Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage, Willie Apiata VC, Auckland Mayor Len Brown.
A pōhiri will be led by young Ngāti Whātua who will also perform the Māori Battalion Company A haka.
People outside of Auckland or overseas will be able to donate to support the RSA online via www.giantpoppy.co.nz and a disc will be placed on their behalf. All funds from obtaining and placing the discs whether at the Domain or online, support the RSA.