Giant poppy graces Sky Tower
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.