20 Apr 2011

RSA branch against poppies made overseas

2:36 pm on 20 April 2011

The Returned and Services Association in Christchurch says there is widespread opposition amongst RSAs to using overseas-made Anzac poppies in street appeals next year.

The national association has decided that poppies sold from 2012 will be made from parts manufactured in China and assembled in Australia.

Christchurch RSA president Russ Barron says the poppy is a symbol of sacrifice and emotions are high ahead of Poppy Day on Thursday.

The branch is talking with national representatives about its opposition to the move.

Mr Barron says the Auckland RSA is already selling imported poppies but all those sold in the South Island this year are New Zealand-made.