Red poppies made and placed by community for Peace Poppy project

Residents could come and help place the poppies for up to an hour and a half.
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Residents could come and help place the poppies for up to an hour and a half.

A green West Auckland reserve now glitters with red.

As the site of an Anzac community project, Hobsonville Point Park has come alive with the addition of around 1600 red felt poppies.

The poppies were made in 2015 by members and visitors of the Hobsonville Point community, when the project first got started.

Children from the Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre also mucked in.
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Children from the Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre also mucked in.

This year around 40 people turned out to place the poppies in a giant square, including students from Hobsonville Point primary and secondary schools, Waterford Retirement Village and Hobsonville Point Early Learning Centre.

HLC project coordinator Louelle Botes said it was a perfect way for people to connect and "do something that was quite visually stunning as well". 

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The peace poppy installation will be up until next Thursday.
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The peace poppy installation will be up until next Thursday.

"So, very rewarding in that sense," she said. 

"Yesterday when I drove by, you know, you just see all these families putting their babies next to the poppies and taking photos and standing around and having a chat, so it already attracts people to it."

The poppies will be out for all to enjoy until Thursday, when community members will be invited to come and take a poppy or two home.

The peace poppy project was started by West Auckland artist Cristina Beth who began with a display at Titirangi roundabout, with 100 people helping to make 1000 poppies.

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Beth said foremost the project is based in respect and remembrance for the people involved and affected by the war, however it can also be seen as a symbol for peace.

Hobsonville's Anzac service starts with a parade from Hobsonville School at 10.30am, followed by a service at Hobsonville RSA at 11am. 

See the RSA Anzac service page for more.

 

 - North Harbour News

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