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120 poppies - let's make it 1000

Whangarei’s Central Librarians are keen to see Whangarei people  crochet, knit or sew another 880 poppies to be part of a mass display of 1000 poppies to commemorate next year’s Anzac Day, 100 Anniversary of the Gallipolli Landing.
Updated: 16/06/2014 3:55 p.m.

​Technical Services Librarian, Jannie Preesman, admires
the 120 poppies made so far.

​“Already, keen crafters have created 120 poppies which will be threaded onto lengths of chord and displayed in the front windows at the library, ready for Anzac Day 2015, said project leader, Technical Services Librarian, Jannie Preesman.

“All hand made poppies are welcome whether  crocheted, knitted, felted or sewn from any materials. Try cross stitch, paper/origami or ribbons. Be creative! Any shade of red can be used and poppies should be between 10 and 15 cm in diameter.

“There are lots of patterns on the internet for poppies of about the right size, or people can call in and chat to us.  We have free knitting and crochet patterns available at all libraries but people have to provide their own materials such as wool, knitting needles, crochet hooks and fabric.

“We are keen to make this a memorable event and a chance for people to connect, so anyone who would like to learn more or team up with others are welcome to attend poppy making sessions.  The first one will be on Wednesday 18 June 10am to 11.30am at Central Library. Bring your own materials, come along for a chat and see how it’s done.”

Mrs Preesman explained that this project is part of a bigger picture - New Zealand’s 2014 to 2018  commemoration of the centenary of The First World War (1914-1918).

Anzac Day 2015 will mark 100 years since the Anzac landing at Gallipoli. As part of the 2015 Anzac Commemorations, Whangarei Libraries have joined the 5,000 Poppies Project, a stunning visual tribute to New Zealand servicemen and women for more than a century of service in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

From its association with poppies flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli, the poppy has become a symbol of both great loss in war and hope for those left behind.

There is no entry fee and contributors are asked to provide their own materials. There is no barrier to involvement and no limit to the amount of poppies that can be submitted.

Bring them to Whangarei Central Library, 5 Rust Ave, Whangarei 0110 or post them to Whangarei Libraries, Private Bag 9006, Whangarei, 0148.

More information about the project is also available on the website:



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