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Dom Polski Consultation Workshop Update

Updated 04/12/20

On Sunday 22 November about 35 members and guests attended a 2-hour workshop facilitated by the Executive Committee to share their views about options around our earthquake-prone Dom Polski.

This workshop with our members and the wider community, proved to be a constructive afternoon, with plenty of robust, thoughtful, and realistic discussion, providing valuable and insightful feedback.

We discussed and refined ideas from a slide presentation of options previously discussed at our Annual General Meeting in 2019 and 2020. We also discussed other factors, including the need for fundraising, all in the context of what it means to be Polish in our wider Wellington community and what the Polish Association, as well as our community, could look like in the future. The feedback from this workshop will now give us a starting point for a plan of action for the Executive and Building Committee to prepare.

The summarised points of discussion included:

  • The future of the Polish Association in NZ (Inc) and future of the Dom Polski are not necessarily the same and should be considered separately.
  • However the vision for the future of the Polish Association in NZ (Inc),  inclusive of the future needs of its various groups and broader community, needs to be considered when agreeing what is needed from a future Dom Polski.
  • We need to consider how to address the Polish Association in NZ membership situation if we are to have a sustainable future.
  • Improvements are needed in the timeliness and inclusiveness when communicating to all our members, as well as the wider community.
  • Recommendations or preferred options for the Dom Polski (as opposed to just presenting those options already discussed) is required for an SGM.
  • Any preferred options for a Dom Polski need to also be presented with potential fundraising approaches.

Next Steps

At our next Executive Committee meeting on 7 December we will establish a plan to progress and share our strategy work and to determine what further information members need about our community. A date for a Special General Meeting (SGM) will be set early in the New Year and is expected to take place early to mid-2021.

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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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