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Street name recognises Polish Heritage
Celebrating the unveiling of Pomerania Way are (from left) Polish ambassador Zbigniew Gniatkowski, Polish Heritage of Otago and Southland Charitable Trust chairwoman Ewa Rozecka-Pollard, Polish descendant and trust member Paul Klemick and deputy mayor Christine Garey. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON (ODT)


Polish Honour for Heritage Advocate
Founding member of the Polish Heritage of Otago and Southland Charitable Trust Cecylia Klobukowska has been awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland


Polish honour for Toitu curator
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum curator Seán Brosnahan is one four people from Otago to be awarded one of Poland’s highest honours, the Polish Gold Cross of Merit.


How to make barszcz and uszka
Cecylia Klobukowska, from Poland, shows how to make traditional Polish Christmas fare: barszcz with uszka (clear beetroot soup with mushroom dumplings), honey cakes and honey cookies.


Gravestone of Polish prince restored and consecrated
The latest of many big changes of fortune in the world of a former Polish prince and patriot was marked in a ceremony at the Dunedin Southern Cemetery yesterday.


‘Present’ for Polish community
In a welcome “birthday present” to Dunedin’s Polish community, two names recognising the city’s Polish settlers will be added to Dunedin’s road registry.

Dunedin city councillors voted to add the names “Pomerania” and “Polish Settlers” to the road registry earlier this week, at an infrastructure services and network committee meeting.



Polish phenomenon

The cultural phenomenon of Polish poster art is in Dunedin as part of a celebration of 250 years of Polish theatre. Members of the Polish Heritage of Otago and Southland Charitable Trust tell Rebecca Fox about its significance.



Society sends gifts to Polish children

When Dunedin City Councillor John Bezett visits an orphanage in Poland this month, he will take with him some very special gifts from Dunedin.



The Children of Pahiatua
How 700 Polish children made an unlikely journey from the depths of Siberia to the New Zealand countryside.
(Podcast Adam Mickiewicz Institute)


The Polish Orphans

The story of the Polish orphan refugees who found sanctuary in Pahiatua

Listener October 31 2009

Art Exhibition Raising Funds for Church Restoration

Thirty-five Dunedin and Otago artists are supporting a Polish cultural group’s bid to raise funds for to renovate Broad Bay’s historic Church of Mary Queen of Peace.

ODT, 2 March 2012

Otago Link to Polish President

The Dunedin Polish woman who was once a neighbour of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who died in Saturday’s aeroplane crash, says she cannot remember much about him but their fathers were both in the Polish resistance movement.




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