You may notice that some street signs around the city now sport a poppy emblem. This is an initiative by the Poppy Places Trust to mark those streets which have an association with NZ military activity overseas from the Boer War onwards.
Examples are Wingate Crescent, commemorating General Orde Charles Wingate, a noted commander from WW2, and Bauchop Road in Waterloo, commemorating Lieutenant-Colonel A Bauchop, killed at Gallipoli.
Nineteen streets around Lower Hutt are now marked in this way, along with streets in many other parts of New Zealand. A database is being built by the Poppy Places Trust which will allow interested members of the public to look up the stories behind the names.
Hutt City Council’s staff helped researching the street names to confirm the identification, and arranged for the signs to be made and installed. Places other than streets will also eventually have a sign indicating their connection with military activity.
Explore Poppy Places around Lower Hutt.