ANZA Action and the ANZA Needlecraft group have been working hard getting our chapter of the 5000 Poppies Project out into the community to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing this on ANZAC day this year. New Zealand artist Tony McNeight asks for the support of all New Zealanders to create the world’s biggest poppy in the Auckland Domain.

We are all working towards a greater purpose together to honour our brave men and women who fought for our freedom and democracy through times of such extreme hardship.

My idea for this came from an epiphany I had at the 2014 Dawn service when dignitaries were laying wreaths. I thought it would be amazing to create a Giant Poppy laid on the ground that EVERY New Zealander and (new New Zealander) can help to build. This will be the size of a football field consisting of 59,000 specially minted red metal discs.

And so it is happening – now – starting with a website for online donations.

The physical build starts in the Auckland Domain from April 16 – 24th when people can come down lay a poppy with their own personal message.

I see this as an opportunity to connect with ALL New Zealanders, whether in Singapore or worldwide.

Please visit the Giant Poppy Project website to make your contribution to this commemorative project.