Poppy Places is part of the nationwide Places of Remembrance project, instigated by the New Zealand Poppy Places Trust. The project encourages people to share what they know about the places and events in New Zealand military history that relate to street names, memorials and other local sites, believing that their significance is in danger of being forgotten if we don’t record them now.
Throughout New Zealand there are numerous places named after ordinary New Zealanders who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in WW1.
Napier City Council has joined other New Zealand regions in the Places of Remembrance project, the brainchild of the New Zealand Poppy Places Trust.
The Poppy Places Trust is encouraging people to share what they know about the places and events in New Zealand military history that relate to street names. The Trust believes there may be thousands of street names, monuments and sites which will be forgotten if we don’t record their significance now.
The Council is supporting the Poppy Places Trust’s plans to gather these stories together by helping the Trust identify these significant places, gather any information that can contribute to the stories and erect new Poppy street signs.
Gallipoli Road, Flanders Avenue, Menin Road and Anzac Avenue in Onekawa, were the first streets to adorn the new Poppy street signs in 2015. By using the Poppy (an internationally known symbol) to mark these places, those that pass by will see the Poppy and be reminded every time of ANZAC.
If you have any information or stories about Napier’s street names, memorials and sites commemorating New Zealand’s participation in military history please share this with us by emailing PoppyPlaces@napier.govt.nz With your help we can get these significant places marked.
For more information see www.poppyplaces.nz
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