Poppy project popular
West Auckland will be seeing a lot of red in the lead up to Anzac Day.
This year will be the second year of the Peace Poppy Project, which will see more than 8000 handmade felt poppies decorate locations in Titirangi, Glen Eden and New Lynn.
The project is the brainchild of artist Cristina Beth, who last year oversaw a display of about 1000 poppies on the Titirangi roundabout.
"People were really moved by it and gave us a lot of feedback about the emotional response to seeing the colour," she says.
As a result of "the joy" people experienced, Beth has been inundated with help for this year's attempt.
"So many people wanted to be involved this year so we've taken the number of poppies up to between 8000 and 9000.
"It's based on promoting global peace for the future which is great when so many children are involved in the making of the poppies."
Schools, retirement villages and community groups including Titirangi Primary School, Oaklynn Special School and Motu Moana Scouts are taking part, each being given a kitset with felt and buttons to make the iconic emblem.
Glen Eden Intermediate has thrown its weight behind the project by preparing to make more than 2000 poppies.
The school's art director, Bronwyn Jensen, says the project ties into classroom learning about Anzac Day.
Workshops on how to make the poppies will be held at the Titirangi Music Festival on Saturday, April 5 and Lopdell Gallery on April 10. The Peace Poppy Project will be displayed from April 24 to 28 at the Titirangi roundabout, Waikumete Cemetery cenotaph and New Lynn's Todd Triangle.