Big­gest poppy tak­ing shape

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

A $300,000 poppy the size of a foot­ball field will be placed in Auck­land Do­main to mark An­zac Day.

In the lead-up to this year’s com­mem­o­ra­tions, 59,000 red discs will be placed on one of the do­main’s sport­fields to make up a gi­ant poppy 50 me­tres long.

It is set to be the largest poppy in the world, or­gan­is­ers say.

The project is driven by Auck­land city cen­tre res­i­dent and artist Tony McNeight.

McNeight told Pon­sonby Pri­mary School stu­dents on April 1 that he has been work­ing on the gi­ant poppy in­stal­la­tion since he at­tended last year’s dawn ser­vice.

The Pon­sonby stu­dents are among the first to join the project, writ­ing mes­sages on the discs in re­mem­brance of the 59,000 peo­ple wounded or killed in World War I.

McNeight says so far $150,000 had been put to­wards the project’s in­fras­truc­ture and build. An ad­di­tional $150,000 in money and ma­te­ri­als has been do­nated from pri­vate busi­nesses, he says.

Those who donate on­line will have a disc added to the in­stal­la­tion on their be­half.

All funds raised at gi­ant­poppy.co.nz will go to the RSA.

Pho­tos: JESS ETHERIDGE

Stu­dents of Pon­sonby Pri­mary School with their red discs for the Gi­ant Poppy project set for Auck­land Do­main.

Pon­sonby Pri­mary School’s Ojas Ka­likar, Rose Bur­ton and Evie Ford with their poppy discs.

Hamish Barker and Sa­van­nah Bargh.

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