Polish Film Festival 2018



Polish Film Festival 2018 is being held this year at the Roxy Cinema, Wellington from 5th to 8th April. This year the Polish Film Festival is part of a worldwide celebration to commemorate Poland’s centennial of its regained independence.

This international showcase event, also screening throughout Europe, North America and Asia, will premiere in New Zealand, running from 5th to 8th April 2018 at the Roxy Cinema, Miramar, Wellington.

Together with the Principal Partner, the Polish Filmmakers Association and in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland and the Polish Film Institute Wellington Polish Film Festival 2018 will present seven selected films offering both a wide thematic spectrum and a diversity of aesthetics showcasing various historical periods, from the viewpoint of several generations.

From Poland under the Partitions in Andrzej Wajda’s The Promised Land and Jerzy Antczak’s Nights and Days, via the Second World War in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist and Wojciech Szmarowski’s Volhynia, and the Warsaw Uprising in Jan Komasa’s Warsaw 44, to the post-war fight against the communist authorities in Wajda’s Ashes and Diamonds and Man of Marble.

    All information for screenings and ticketing is on the website. http://wpff.nz
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Stół Wielkanocny – Easter Table

Uprzejmie przypominamy, że tradycyjny  Stół Wielkanocny”odbędzie się w Domu Polskim, 257 Riddiford St, Newtown, Wellington, w Palmową Niedzielę, 25 marca 2018, o godzinie 2.30 po południu, ale od godziny 1.00 po południu będzie można kupić gorący posiłek, do wyboru: bigos, pierogi, placki kartoflane, kiełbasa i chleb. Będą też kanapki, ciastka, kawa i herbata. Od 2.30 po południu będzie można ze „Stołu Wielkanocnego” kupić pierogi na zimno, pączki, makowce, serniki, pierniczki, rogaliki, bułeczki i inne smaczności przypominające nam polską kuchnię.
Dochód z tej imprezy jest przeznaczony na potrzeby naszej Polskiej Parafii. Zapraszamy Polaków z rodzinami i przyjaciółmi i tych wszystkich, którym smakuje polskie jedzenie domowej roboty. 

Józef Zawada
Przewodniczący Komitetu Pomocy Duszpasterskiej
Michał Mendruń
Skarbnik Komitetu Pomocy Duszpasterskiej


We kindly remind you that the traditional “Easter Table” will be held at the Polish House, 257 Riddiford Street, Newtown, Wellington, on Palm Sunday, 25 March 2018, at 2.30pm. However, from 1.00 pm there will be an opportunity to buy a hot meal. On the menu are: “bigos”, “pierogi”, potato patties and sausages with bread. For those interested in a lighter meal there will be sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee.
At 2.30 pm we’ll begin the sale of traditional polish baking displayed on the “Easter Table”, which will include: doughnuts, poppy seed cakes, cheesecakes, honey cakes, honey biscuits, and yeast buns. Cold “pierogi” will also be available. We invite all Polish families and all New Zealand friends who like homemade Polish food to attend.
All proceeds from the sales are assigned for the many needs of the Polish Parish in Wellington. 

Józef Zawada
Chairman Polish Church Committee
Michał Mendruń
Treasurer Polish Church Committee




Pilgrimage to Paraparaumu

This years  our seniors pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima in Paraparaumu by bus took place on Tuesday 13th February in remembrance of all those families deported from Poland. We remember 10 February every year as the first large scale deportation by the Soviets in 1940 and 1941 now 78 years ago. Every year the former Pahiatua children and families make this pilgrimage to Paraparaumu and remember those who died in USSR and to show gratitude for their deliverance from the gulags and labour camps. Most of these elderly were only children and most had lost one or both parents during the 1 or 2 years in USSR.

After mass at Our Lady of Fatima in Waikanae, the group bused to the base of the hill where the statue resides and walked up a steep path often hanging onto the side rails. A lucky few were driven up to the statue. There sitting on a simple bench, the rosary was recited by all led by Father Tadeusz. A lovely warm day with the sun thankfully hiding behind clouds while we prayed and contemplated.

After photos at the statue the group descended back to the bus and had a pleasant lunch and quick look at the shops at Paraparaumu Mall. Another successful pilgrmage with our dwindling numbers.

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Organ concert by the 1st organist at Krakow’s Wawel Royal Cathedral

 The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Wellington invites the Polish Community to a one-off special concert by Witold Zalewski, the organist at the Wawel Royal Cathedral in Krakow, who will perform at St Mary of the Angels in Wellington. The evening will see the launch of excerpts of Karol Wojtyła’s poem “Thinking My Country” into Te Reo Maori.
Following the 5pm Mass on Sunday, 12 November 2017, we will have an opportunity to hear the compositions of J. Bach, L. Vierne, C. Franck, M. Surzynski and B. Przybylski performed by the first organist of the Wawel Royal Cathedral in Krakow Witold Zalewski. Zalewski will play on one-of-a-kind instrument available in Wellington – the Maxwell Fernie Organ – originally built in 1958 by George Croft and Son Limited from Auckland to the tonal design and pipe-scaling of Maxwell Fernie who also supervised, both in England and New Zealand, the voicing of the pipes and the construction of the instrument. In 1984 the instrument was extensively rebuilt and extended by the South Island Organ Company of Timaru, once again to the specifications designed by Maxwell Fernie and under his careful supervision. It is the only organ of its type in New Zealand and was at the heart of the organ revival movement in this country.

Witold Zalewski is a graduate from the Academy of Music in Krakow. He undertook organ classes conducted by Prof. Jan Jargoń. Since 1995 he has been the 1st organist at Krakow’s Wawel Royal Cathedral. As a soloist he regularly gives concerts at some of the most important festivals in Poland and abroad. He has performed at such places as St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York’s Manhattan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem as well as in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Jerusalem, Irkutsk, Istanbul and Moscow. He is a lecturer at the Intercollegiate Institute for Church Music in Krakow where he runs classes in liturgical practice and the organ. In 2012 he was awarded PhD in art. Since 1998 he has been a member of the Church Music Committee at the Metropolitan Curia in Krakow. He was the organist during papal pilgrimages. In 2011 he was honoured by Pope Benedict XVI with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal.

Just before the concert there will be a launch of a limited publication with excerpts of Karol Wojtyła (later known as Pope St John Paul II) “Thinking My Country” with original translation into English by Jerzy Peterkiewicz and for the first time translated into Maori language by Mike Ross, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). The publication is prepared cooperatively by Wai-te-ata Press, Centre for Literary Translation, both of VUW and the Polish Embassy.

The evening will be a celebration of Poland’s Independence Day (99th anniversary on 11 November) and Poland – New Zealand friendly relations through the visits and influence of St John Paul II.


Wellington Polish Film Festival Announces Festival Patron and Polish Filmmakers to NZ

Media Release  – 27 October 2017

The Wellington Polish Film Festival (WPFF) is back for its second edition next week at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar, Wellington and is pleased to announce its Honorary Patron Mr Jacek Bromski, Chairman of the Association of Polish Filmmakers in Poland.

Festival Director, Wanda Lepionka, says it’s a great pleasure to welcome Mr Bromski and the Polish Filmmakers Association as Patron and Principal Partner for the 2017 Festival.

“Jacek Bromski’s prolific work as a filmmaker and respected leader within the Polish film industry, cements the Wellington Polish Film Festival as a festival which will be around for a long time yet”.

Mr Bromski said he’s very excited being asked to be a Patron for a New Zealand based Polish film festival.

“The Wellington Polish Film Festival has proved from its inaugural festival last year that Polish film has an audience in New Zealand.

“Polish cinema has a proud history and is a greatly artistic institution. I’m looking forward to being involved with the Wellington Polish Film Festival that wants to screen the best of Polish contemporary cinema in New Zealand. It will also be a great opportunity to bring Polish filmmakers to New Zealand to create opportunities to have dialogue between the two talented filmmaking nations.”

WPFF 2017 will present another year of recently released, contemporary, award winning and seldom-seen work from renowned and emerging Polish filmmakers including Agnieszka Holland’s shortlisted Oscar contender ‘Spoor‘ for Opening Night. The festival will also be hosting Polish filmmakers who will represent their films with Q + A’s and a ‘Polish Industry Day’ event for NZ filmmakers https://www.facebook.com/wpffnz/ .

This year the Festival will honour Polish film master Andrzej Wajda, who died at the age of 91 in 2016, and who left a great filmmaking legacy in Poland and in the filmmaking world.

All films, ticketing and schedule are now online at www.roxycinema.co.nz and details at www.wpff.nz

WPFF 2017 – Friday 3 November – 12 November 2017


For more information contact:

Wanda Lepionka
Festival Director
+64 21 489087

Mr Jacek Bromski
+48 22 556 54 40
+48 22 845 51 32


The Polish Filmmakers Association

The Association of Polish Filmmakers is the largest professional organization for filmmakers, representatives of various film-related professions and employees of the Polish film and television industry. The main aim of the Association is to integrate the entire profession and safeguard its rights. The list of its priorities includes: providing assistance and protection of the filmmaking profession; managing collectively all issues concerning copyright laws and supporting film culture in Poland. In March 2008 the Association of Polish Filmmakers, together with the Polish Film Institute, the Ministry of Culture and Polish Television, launched the Andrzej Munk Studio to produce feature films for cinema release and short films through programmes for young filmmakers.

The Association is a partner and co-organizer of many Polish film events and festivals. Members of the Board are also part of the Advisory Council of the Polish Film Institute.

The Association of Polish Filmmakers is a member of the largest audiovisual organizations, including FERA, AIDDA, AGICOA, CISAC, FIPRESCI and CIFEI. The current chairman of the Association of Polish Filmmakers is Jacek Bromski. Acting as part of the Association of Polish Filmmakers, the Union of Audiovisual Authors and Producers, the chairman works on behalf of its members, protecting their legal rights as an organization of collective rights management.


73rd Anniversary of the Arrival of Polish Children to New Zealand

Friday, 3 November 2017

Together with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, the Pahiatua community and the 70th Reunion committee, the Polish Association in Wellington would like to extend a warm invitation to the ‘Pahiatua Polish Children’ and their families, to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the arrival of Polish children to New Zealand.

A programme of events for the day, Friday 3 November 2017, has been organised, including the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, presented to the Pahiatua community by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Polish community in New Zealand.

Transport – Bus Service to Pahiatua

The Embassy and the 70th Reunion committee will be providing a bus to transport those who wish to travel to and from Pahiatua without the stress of driving. Confirmed details for the bus service are as follows:


1st pick-up location: Wellington Railway Station – Platform 9

Time: Meet at 8.15am – departing at 8.30am sharp

2nd pick-up point: Petone Postshop, Jackson Street

3rd pick-up point: High Street, Avalon (near St Martin de Porres)

Arrive in Pahiatua: 11.15am approximately

Restroom stops: Yes, on request


Time: 2.30pm

1st drop-off point: High Street, Avalon (near St Martin de Porres)

2nd drop-off point: Petone Postshop, Jackson Street

Final drop-off point: Wellington Railway Station – Platform 9

Arrive in Wellington: 5.30pm approximately at Wellington Railway Station – Platform 9


Guests are welcomed to travel by their private cars, but for catering purposes in Pahiatua could you please register your intent to attend with Irena Lowe – see contact number below.

As this special occasion is approaching fast, please send names of those requiring bus transport and a contact number. We need to receive confirmation no later than Wednesday 1 November 2017.

Via post: 73rd Anniversary Pahiatua Day Trip Registration, P.O Box 853, Wellington 6140

Via email: polish70reunion@polishcommunity.org.nz

Via phone: Irena Lowe 04 973 5839 (home) or 022 677 8450 (mobile).

If you should have any further questions, please contact: Irena Lowe on 04 973 5839 (home) or 022 677 8450 (mobile).



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Celebrate “New Beginnings” with our Hungarian Friends The Magyar Millennium Park Trust invites you to join the Hungarian Community in a “New Beginnings” celebration, to be held on the occasion of the 61st anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution on the Sunday of Labour Weekend at 3.30pm at the Polish House (in Newtown). It will include a classical music performance, a short presentation about the Lyall Bay Hostel where many Polish and Hungarian refugees started their new life in New Zealand, performances from our own Orlęta Polish Dance Ensemble and the Auckland-based Hungarian Csárdás dance groups, and there will even a traditional Hungarian Dance House!

Local European café, Doppio, is catering the event, which is why we need your RSVP by 14 October! Please contact Klara Szentirmay on tel. +64 21 907487 or email: klara.szentirmay@gmail.com. Entry is free but there will be a donation box on the day to help our Hungarian friends cover costs.