Richmond-Waimea RSA president Ross Norgate and RSA life member Rick Williams explain the significance of a project to add poppies to street signs named after fallen veterans.

Across Tasman District we have remembered fallen soldiers through the naming of streets and buildings, by the planting of trees, and through erecting individual monuments.

For the 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day on Sunday, 11 November, the Tasman District Council will install street signs acknowledging the service of fallen veterans from Richmond.

The Richmond-Waimea Returned and Services Association approached the Council about taking part in the Poppy Places project by adding poppies to street signs named after the fallen soldiers. 

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said the Council was proud to be part of the project.

“The poppy is an instantly recognisable symbol that will ensure their sacrifice is not forgotten.”

Richmond-Waimea RSA president Ross Norgate has been a Richmond resident for more than 60 years, and said he was aware of the history of the street names. “But over time the memory of who our streets were named for fades, and adding the poppy is a powerful way to flag the significance of these places for future generations.”

The Poppy Places Trust believes there are perhaps 3000 places which, if left to history, may disappear from our collective consciousness. Its aim is to provide a "place" where these stories can be captured and forever stored – at www.poppyplaces.nz.

The street signs to be marked with a poppy are:

  • Arnold Savage Place
  • Challies Way
  • Cropp Place
  • Field Place
  • Giblin Street
  • Herbert Street
  • Mason Place
  • Polglase Street
  • Roeske Street
  • Wilde Avenue
  • Wilkinson Place
  • Win Place
  • Windleborn Place