The objectives of The Polish Ex-Servicemen’s Association (SPK) are:
- To promote understanding and friendship between Polish and New Zealand people.
- To promote the Polish culture.
- To help Polish invalids, widows and orphans.
- Contacts and co-operation with organsiations and social institutions – Polish and non Polish – with similar objectives
The Polish Ex-Servicemen Association organsises a number of annual events throughout the year including commemorating ANZAC Day on 25 April, the Polish Independence Day on 11 November and the Ex-Servicemens Lunch held in August.
SPK was formed in 1950 by the Polish Ex-Service men and women who served in the Polish Forces in Western Europe and who arrived in New Zealand after the end of the World War II. The Association is a component part of the Polish Ex-Combatants Association – World Federation, whose Head Office resides in Great Britain.
22 May 2011 unveiling of commemorative plaque
The anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino was commemorated on 22 May 2011 at the Polish House in Wellington. A ceremony was organized by the SPK – Polish Returned Ex-Servicemen Association and its president Marian Ceregra. The Polish ambassador, Beata Stoczyńska, unveiled a plaque commemorating the participation of Polish settlers in New Zealand who took part in many arenas of World War II. Memories of these difficult years were presented by Mr. Andrzej Matuszewski, Mrs Stefania Sondej and Halina and Wolfgang Passl.
Inscription on the plaque:
We remember 280 soldiers, who arrrived in New Zealand from distant Poland, who fought in: The Battle of Britain; Narvik; Tobruk; Monte Cassino; Bologna; Ankara; Faleise; Wilhelmshaven and the Polish underground. Also the soldiers deported to forced labour in Siberia; died in Katyn and to the prisoners of concentration camps. Peace to their memory!