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Polish Heritage Trust Museum Newsletter


Hello Everyone,

What a strange year it has been! Every time we had a newsletter ready to send with details of upcoming events, Covid-19 regulations put a hold on proceedings. 

The good news is these exhibitions are still available to view, leading into 2021; please see details below.

Events coming up: 

Pahiatua Afternoon Tea: Sunday 1st November 2020

We invite Pahiatua ‘children’ and their families to an informal gathering at the museum on Sunday 1st November from 2-3.30pm. The welcome is at 2pm. The Upper Gallery will reopen afterwards. 

Experience a Polish Christmas workshop: Sundays 6 & 20 December 2020

Enjoy family fun creating your own paper and wool Christmas decorations to take home after the presentation. It starts at 2pm and finishes at 4pm and is for ages 7-adult. The cost is $8 per person and includes all materials provided (cash or internet banking is available, sorry no Eftpos). Bookings are preferred; please contact museum staff by phone or email.

Exhibitions still running:

The Silent Unseen 

Part of the Auckland Festival of Photography. Elite forces Cichociemni or The Silent Unseen trained secretly in exile to be parachuted behind enemy lines, joining Polish resistance during occupation in WW2.

Foxiest Devil 

Part of the Auckland Heritage Festival. Hunted by the Germans during WW2, spymaster Ron Jeffery escaped enemy opposition, helped by the Polish Resistance. This highly decorated soldier-spy migrated to Auckland after the war.

2020 The Year of – Leopold Tyrmand 

He was a 20th Century writer who was captured in WW2, chronicled Warsaw life under communist rule and popularised jazz in Poland.

The Battle of Warsaw 

This history-making victory for the Poles meant continued independence after World War 1 and ended Red Army plans to spread the communist revolution to Western Europe. 


All gatherings and events at PHTM are subject to current Covid-19 regulations, so please contact museum staff if you have any concerns as to the current status. The Polish Museum in Howick, New Zealand Facebook page is updated regularly to keep track of all this, where possible.

Kindest regards,

Ellen and Lynette


Polish Heritage Trust Museum,125 Elliot Street, Howick 2014 Auckland, New Zealand

Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 – 4    Sunday 12 – 5  ph/fax +64 9 533 3530  mob. 021 107 0169

email phtmuseum@outlook.com www.polishheritage.co.nz

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Pani Dioniza (Iza) Choros

 With great sadness we share that Pani Dioniza (Iza) Choros passed away on Monday 12 October aged 92 years. Born in Polands eastern borderlands, she survived Stalin’s ethnic cleansing and deportation to a Siberian labour camp. She received the Knight’s Order of Merit from the Polish Government in Exile. She leaves behind many friends and a large family that continues her legacy of active involvement in the Polish community. 
Requiem Mass will be celebrated at St Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 1 Park Avenue, Lower Hutt at 11 am, Friday 16 October, preceded by a rosary at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations to Wellington Free Ambulance would be appreciated.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.