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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland
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  • 4 May 2017

    On 3 May 2017 at the Wellington Club, celebrations of 226th anniversary of Poland's first modern Constitution were held amongst numerous guests, Diplomatic Corps, representatives of New Zealand Government, business, academics as well as the Polish Community.

    The Polish Ambassador Zbigniew Gniatkowski opened the ceremony with his speech. In it he mentioned a historic context of Poland's first Constitution, a very good state of Poland - New Zealand bilateral relations and both nations' joint involvement on the military fronts, two-way cooperation on political level and also in culture, great performance of our mutual trade and Poland's future aspirations.

     

    "Poland and New Zealand have for decades enjoyed excellent relations.We have always been sharing common values and beliefs. New Zealanders proved their attachment to them in battlefields of Europe during the WWI and WWII. We remember this." - said Ambassador introducting a symbolic letter he received a few days prior to the ceremony. The letter was signed by Mr Trevor Perry from Picton, a tank driver from the 19th NZ Armoured Regiment, who fought in the cruel battle of Monte Cassino in May 1944. Mr Perry also sent a photograph of a Polish flag flying on the ruins of the demolished Cassino Monastery.

    "It is my absolute honour to welcome Mr Perry here tonight and to personally say “thank you” for sharing this such a significant memory with us." - said Ambassador acknowledging Mr Perry's presence at the ceremony as an honorary guest.

     

    Read Ambassador's full speech HERE.

     

    Following on, a speech was delivered by Hon Chris Finlayson, Attorney-General, New Zealand Minister responsible for GCSB, Minister in charge of NZ Security Intelligence Service, Minister of Waitangi Treaty Negotiations.

     

    Amongst 120 gathered guests were Hon David Bennett, Minister for Veterans, Ms Mary Thurston, upcoming New Zealand Ambassador to Poland, Polish Honorary Consuls - Winsome Dormer from Christchurch and Bogusław Nowak from Auckland,  numerous members of Diplomatic Core, senior representatives of Victoria University of Wellington, National Centre for Research on Europe, SCOUTS New Zealand, New Zealand business, NGOs, Polish Community leaders and Pahiatua Children.

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