Field of poppies

Field of poppies

Westpac staff planting poppies early morning at Christchurch AirportThose heading through Christchurch Airport today will be greeted by a field full of red poppiesto generate donations for Poppy Appeal Day.

Westpac volunteers planted 5,000 New Zealand-made poppies early this morning in the lead up to ANZAC Weekend which will also mark the 100th Anniversary of World War 1.

The poppies surround a large number 1915 painted on the field in red to remember this.

Members of the public are able to pick a poppy and donate via phone by texting “poppy” to 4662 or into a bucket on site where young cadets in uniform will be intermittently collecting for the RSA.

The Christchurch Airport terminal building and control tower will also be lit up in red until Tuesday, April 28 as part of the remembrance tribute.

This is the second year Westpac has planted the poppies in Christchurch.

All proceeds from the poppies will go back to the RSA with the field remaining until April 28 weather permitting.

Check out the poppy planting time-lapse video below:

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