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World's Biggest Poppy Has Waihi Connection

Posted by on 24/03/2015

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There’s a Waihi connection to the world’s largest poppy.

Kimberley Tool & Design has been commissioned to create 59,000 red metal discs, the number of New Zealand men and women who were wounded or killed in World War 1, for The Giant Poppy Art Project, which will be built over nine days on the Auckland Domain to honour the memory of the Anzacs.

Artist and creator of the Giant Poppy Art Project Tony McNeight said the idea came to him after attending the Anzac Dawn Parade last year. He also had multinational colleagues who had no idea about Anzac Day and what it symbolised. “Some of them came from countries where freedom and democracy is not a given and I believed an installation such as this would highlight those rights we take for granted and acknowledge those who protected them.”

People in Auckland will be able to visit the Auckland Domain and in return for a donation to support the RSA they will receive a disc which a personal message can be written on and then place it as part of the poppy build.

People outside Auckland or overseas will be able to donate to support the RSA online and in return a poppy will be placed on their behalf.

Kimberley Tool and Design were approached by New Zealand steel to create the discs and Brian Parker got straight on to the job of adjusting one of his machines for the project.

The Waihi company owned and operated by the Parker family has arguably the largest press shop in New Zealand, with a spread of machines from 2 to 150 tonnes and founder Brian Parker said Kimberley Tool & Design is delighted to be able to create the discs for the largest poppy in the world which will cover the sports ground below the Domain from April the 16th to the 24th.

Anyone wishing to have a disc with a message placed on their behalf can visit www.giantpoppy.co.nz

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