Anzac Day poppies will no longer be made in New Zealand, with the Returned Services Association last night announcing it was switching to an Australian supplier.

The decision comes as a disappointment for Kilmarnock Enterprises, the Christchurch-based company previously tasked with supplying 1.4 million poppies each year for the country, excluding Auckland.

RNZRSA chief executive Dr Stephen Clarke defended the move offshore as it would ensure the greatest possible amount of funds raised for veterans and their families.

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