On 4 July 1965, Dr Eugenia Czochanska and Krystyna Wojciechowska Brooks called a meeting of all the Polish ladies living in the Wellington region. The meeting was held at the Polish House, 257 Riddiford St, Newtown, Wellington.
The purpose of the meeting was to establish Koło Polek, the Polish Women’s League, an organisation which would aim to enhance the social and cultural life of the Polish Community in Wellington. Their initiative was very well supported with about 60 ladies attending the meeting. The inaugural meeting was chaired by Romualda Waluszewska. The first chairwoman of the Polish Women’s League was Teresa Zalewska and the first committee consisted of 13 members, who represented the following areas – Berhampore, Island Bay, Kilbirnie, Lyall Bay, Miramar, Seatoun, Thorndon, Wellington Central and the Hutt Valley.
The activities undertaken by the Polish Women’s League were varied and numerous. In order to secure the necessary funds to run events and meet its charitable objectives in New Zealand, Poland and other countries, the committee organised dinners, social evenings and various other functions.
Since its inception more than 40 years ago through to today, the Polish Women’s League has worked hard to foster Polish traditions and culture in the Wellington Polish Community.
Today, with the advancing years of the members, the Polish Woman’s League is no longer meeting officially and organising events. However they still meet casually. Please refer to the Wiadomosci for upcoming meetings.