FAQs

The following are some frequently asked questions about the Poppy Places project. If you have a question that is not listed, feel free to contact us and ask.

Any street that is to become a place of remembrance and display the poppy, must be proposed through your local council. Research will need to start with the council records for the history of street naming. Go to your council and see if they have a contact point for this project.

We do require good evidence of the reason for naming. Good sources can be local historians, the genealogical society, perhaps the RSA or newspaper records. Look at asking the question through the local newspapers and radio stations.

No, these events are commemorated in other ways. Poppy places refers to overseas service starting with the Boer War in South Africa.

No it's not. Council records are usually very brief and while the record may have been relevant and reasons quite clear 80 or 90 years ago, they are usually insufficient to explain to those looking at the reasons today to establish why the place of remembrance poppy applies, to understand what it was all about.

The length of a story is not important, however it should be sufficiently detailed to explain why a particular street was named in a particular location. It is important to identify any local personalities that are involved in the naming of a street. Look at the example story on the web site for ideas.

There are several online sites available through Goggle, you can visit your local library, ask the council for assistance or approach local organisations such as the Lions, Rotary or the RSA to make up the story.

The poppy is the property of the RSA and the New Zealand Poppy Places Trust is acting for the RSA in releasing the use of the poppy to places of remembrance. It has a very strong value to everyone. It is very important that the value is not degraded by being misused.

No, there can only be one symbol on a street sign and we support this agreement. The poppy is a symbol of national significance and we hope that where there are streets that are places of remembrance, that the town symbol will be replaced by the poppy. But, that is a matter for the council to agree to.

There is no restriction on the time taken after the event to naming a street. The council can agree now for good reasons to rename streets or to name new streets as places of remembrance.

Yes it can have a plaque. The owner must agree and accept that there is a duty of care for the poppy for the future. A story is still required and it will be recorded on our web site.

There are at least two options, the first is to rename the street to the old name and the second is the consider a poppy plaque at the road side where the original name was used.

Costs associated with the replacement signs are borne by the local council. While there should not be any costs associated with researching the story and interaction with the Poppy Places web site, if there are research costs then they are a council cost.

Yes, just contact the Poppy Places Trust and any additional information will be arranged for inclusion with the original story. This is particularly relevant for any information about the ceremony of the place.

Yes. Submit your application to the Trust via the website and confirmation will be given once the initial information is verified.

Of course it can be renamed. But that is a matter for your district hospital board to agree to. There is no reason why a memorial plaque with the poppy on cannot be placed in the main public area of the hospital.