More than $1.7 million was raised during the 2014 Poppy
The money, which goes towards the support of veterans,
ex-service men and women, and their families, showed the
generosity of Kiwis, the Royal New Zealand Returned and
Services' Association (RSA) said today.
Despite stormy conditions on April 17 dampening street
collections, the warm spirit of donors showed the men and
women who served New Zealand had not been forgotten, RSA
chief executive David Moger said.
"We're deeply grateful for the generous support of poppy
collectors, donors, the New Zealand Defence Force and our
national partners, including Z Energy and ANZ. Because of
their help, we're able to assist veterans in need with funds
for healthcare, a hand around the home, transport to the
doctors, practical care, and so much more," he said.
The fund-raising had been aided by the adoption of more
modern methods of raising awareness.
"This year we started exploring mobile and online giving to
provide easy ways to support our veterans now and in the
future," Mr Moger said.
"We also launched an RSA national Facebook page -- an
exciting development for an organisation formed in the age of
On Anzac Day next year, New Zealand will commemorate 100
years since the Gallipoli landings.
All poppies distributed through the 2015 Poppy Appeal will be
New Zealand made, after Christchurch RSA was announced as the
RSA's official poppy supplier in June this year.
"As a Kiwi, a Cantabrian and a veteran, it'll be a proud
moment when I march alongside my comrades on the centenary of
Gallipoli, wearing a poppy made in Christchurch," RSA
national vice president Barry Clark said.