They are made from felt, shells, paper and wool and stand as a stunning commemoration to the Anzac spirit.
Above the desk at Summerset Aotea Retirement Village’s front reception, and over a nearby archway, are more than 2000 poppies made by residents. The archway was constructed in polystyrene by Richie Moore from the Poly Palace.
Karen White, activities coordinator at Summerset, said it had been a fun and social pastime for residents over the past few months.
‘‘ Everyone has really got into it and every poppy seems to be different,’’ she said.
Resident Carole Wickens said the poppy idea came from the village’s recognition of Armistice Day last November, when poppies were made. Many of Summerset’s residents have personal connections in the world wars, making the Anzac display even more poignant.
‘‘ We had poppy- making sessions and people joined in when they could, showing off their particular skills.’’
Summerset manager Becky Smith said the creative talent at the village was plentiful, and that had been one way to show it off.
It had been a hands-on way to remember 100 years since the Gallipoli landings, she said.
There is also a wall display of photos, poems, songs, service records and memories of World War I soldiers.
Some of the creative minds behind the display. Clockwise from left, Beryl Woods, June Chambers, Carole Wickens, Shirley Barker, Judy Tonks, Mavis Alexander and Lucy Worsnop.