150th Celebrations

 

 

 

150 Years of Polish Communities in Aotearoa New Zealand

Celebrating 150 years of Polish Communities in 
Aotearoa New Zealand 

Community Project

2022 commemorates 150 years of Polish communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.  To celebrate this anniversary, the Polish Association in NZ Inc. would like to invite our Polish community to contribute and share their stories about their Polish families in New Zealand today and in the past.  We have set up a project to collect memories and stories and will display them as part of an exhibition at the Polish Festival planned for Sunday 2nd October as a series of A3 sized posters. We would like families to participate whether your family arrived in New Zealand yesterday, last year or in any time in the past 150 years.

Click here to view all instructions: Community Project

 

Get Involved

Volunteer

Organise Your Own Celebrations

We are looking for volunteers who would like to get involved in sharing the message of 150 Years of Polish Communities in New Zealand. This Polish-New Zealand history is not well-known and we’d like to change that!

We need help to write grant applications, sponsorship offers, PR releases, connect with people keen to share their stories, post goodies, order balloons, run social media, etc… We can make videos, design cool things and use skills or passions you have. Email 150years@polishcommunity.org.nz to get in touch.

You can be located anywhere in New Zealand, Poland or anywhere in the world. We look forward to hearing from all helpful souls!

Think about your Polish link … or stories related to a trip to Poland, Polish colleagues or other Polish encounters: funny, happy, sad, surprising, story of love etc. Maybe you would like to celebrate your “Polishness” with your friends and family or share your Polish story or do something around your hobby.

Any celebration format is fantastic. What about Polish group of marathon runners, or a Polish bridge tournament in a retirement village? What about building a Polish plane model or reading that Polish history book you always planned to?

We would like to share small and big celebrations, reward you with some free goodies, and/or publish them in the event calendar. 

Take Part Around the Country

The Polish Association in New Zealand Incorporated is based in Wellington.  Our online 150th activities are for everyone, but to learn more about the 150th activities organised by other, independent Polish organisations around New Zealand, especially in Christchurch and Dunedin where these ships made land, please use the following links:

 
Poles Down South – 150 Years Polish People in New Zealand.     150yearspolesdownsouth.nz

This website hosted by the  Polish Heritage of Otago and Southland Charitable Trust is dedicated to the 150th anniversary and contains information about other groups around New Zealand and their activities.

 Polish Heritage of Otago and Southland Charitable Trust  

 
The Polish Association in Christchurch  
 
 
Between the Waters – Polish Legacy in New Zealand Charitable (based in Christchurch) Trust 
 
Polish Genealogical Society, Taranaki rayjos@slingshot.co.nz (Inglewood)
 
Polish Community Trust Bay of Plenty  
 
Auckland Polish Association 
 
Polish Heritage Trust Museum 

Donate

Follow Us & Share on Social Media

Your donation can support this public campaign by funding advertising costs, free goodies to engage people, postage and the like.  This will help our Wellington-based organisation to reach a wider range of Kiwis.  Thank you in advance for your support, please send donations to:

Polish Association in NZ

06-0501-0064897-00

Please use “150Years” as a donation reference.

Remember to email us so that we can provide a donation receipt.

To learn about what we are doing, see what you can take part in and share the celebration with family and friends.

We have decided on #150polishnz hashtag. You can find us on:

Facebook
Instagram (just starting)
You Tube (just starting)

We are working on a new website with more functionality and we hope to have a wider range of celebration goodies and merchandising to sell and give away.  

Get in touch

Krzyś (Chris) Dzikiewicz
Project Coordinator
Polish Association in New Zealand Inc
150years@polishcommunity.org.nz