• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland
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  • 30 November 2018

    The reception at the Europe House in Auckland concluded the New Zealand celebrations of the Centenary of Poland regained Independence. All gathered had an opportunity to see an exhibition dedicated to one of the fathers of the Polish Independence, Marshal Józef Piłsudski as well as a sabre collection. Speeches were made and artistic programme performed.

    The Auckland reception at the Europe House, held on 29 November 2018, was the last event in a series of commemorations held all around the country in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regained Independence. Among present were Polish Ambassador Zbigniew Gniatkowski, representatives of the foreign consulates in Auckland, business sector representatives, Polish community organisations in Auckland and visitors.


    The official speech was delivered by Ambassador Zbigniew Gniatkowski. Among the speakers were also Erich Bachmann, the Deputy Dean of the Auckland Consular Corps and Honorary Consul for Germany, Professor Leszek Korporowicz, from the Jagiellonian University, who briefly reflected on the significance of independence for Poland and other nations.



    During the event Ambassador Z. Gniatkowski decorated Ewa Scherer with the Polish President’s award of Silver Cross of Merit, for her activities in the New Zealand society and in particular for her contributions to the development of children.


    The event was hosted by Ambassador of Poland Zbigniew Gniatkowski and Boguslaw Nowak, Honorary Consul of Poland in Auckland. The reception also saw the official inauguration of the second term of the Polish Honorary Consul in Auckland.


    Lech Beltowski brought an impressive part of his historical sabre collection and a few other items, including Marshal Pilsudski's portrait. Sabres and swords were used by the Polish cavalry and hussars throughout the centuries.


    Patrycja Piasta, 14-year-old Rangitoto College student, led the singing of the Polish and New Zealand national anthems and later during the evening performed a Polish song, whole a violinist, Milena Parobczy from the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra played two pieces by Henryk Wieniawski and Grażyna Bacewicz.



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