Gi­ant poppy graces Sky Tower

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Auck­land’s youngest serv­ing sol­dier had the hon­our of flick­ing the switch on the com­mem­o­ra­tive Sky Tower poppy last night. A large poppy is be­ing beamed on to the side of the tower ev­ery night un­til April 27.

Tala Ge­or­gia El­len­der-Not­tage lives in Auck­land’s in­ner-city af­ter mov­ing here from Ti­maru.

She is study­ing a bach­e­lor of science ma­jor­ing in sport and ex­er­cise science at the Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land.

The 17-year-old stood along­side a Re­turned and Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion vet­eran and turned on the Poppy Day in­stal­la­tion about 7pm yes­ter­day.

SkyCity vis­i­tors will also be of­fered poppy stick­ers to stick on the glass of the Sky Tower’s main ob­ser­va­tion deck dur­ing Poppy Week.

There is also free ad­mis­sion to the Sky Tower for Auck­land RSA vet­er­ans and cur­rent NZDF serv­ing per­son­nel over An­zac week­end.

A Poppy Day col­lec­tion will be held on Fed­eral St on April 17 from 1pm to 3pm. Auck­land Blues and War­riors play­ers, along with NZDF serv­ing per­son­nel and army ve­hi­cles, will as­sist with the col­lec­tion.

In­ner-city res­i­dent Tala Ge­or­gia El­len­der-Not­tage is the youngest serv­ing Army re­cruit in Auck­land.

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