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  • Dr Zbigniew Hockuba to visit New Zealand

    On 15-19 December 2009 New Zealand was hosting yet another visitor from Poland, dr Zbigniew Hockuba,  National Bank of Poland board member, a professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.  Dr Hockuba contributed to the international conference organised by New Zealand Reserve Bank in Wellington. He also met the representatives of New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, New Zealand Treasury and  New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


    20th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence and the Fall of Comunism

     

    To mark the celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence and the Fall of Comunism in Central Europe the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Wellington is organising a series  of events  commemorating the days of Solidarity movement, democracy restoration and political, economic and social reforms in Poland. We would like to present the above mentioned events to those who had not experienced them and help everyone ivolved to call up their memories of the days.

    1. Photo exhibition "The Polish Way to Freedom"- 3-4 November  2009, at Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings, Wellington, and 5 - 30 November 2009 at Rutherford House, Victora University , Wellington. In 2010 the exhibition will be also presented in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin;

    2. Polish journalist Ryszard Holzer contributing to the International  Conference "Europe Twenty Years After the fall of the Berlin Wall: Overcoming East and West", held on November 3rd and 4th, 2009 at Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings in Wellington. This noted publicists presented the panel called The Strength of the Legacy of Communism;

    3. On November 6th 2009 Ryszard Holzer conducted a seminar  co-organised by the Department of Political Studies of the University of Auckland and the New Zealand Institute of Foreign Affairs entitled "20th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence and the Fall of Comunism in Central Europe";

    4.  Concerts:

    22 October 2009, 7.30 pm, Wellington Town Hall Chamber music fute nad guitar duo Duo Artusco-organised by the two embassies  - the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. 

    Series of concerts by SMP Ensemble" Podróże - Journeys, a Polish Music Extravaganza" - 1 November 2009 , Wesley Church, Taranaki St. 7.00 pm, 6 November 2009, Adam Concert Room, VUW, 7.00 pm, 7 November, 2009, St. Andrew's, the Terrace, 7.30 pm.

     

    Polish Way to Freedom

     

    In November 2009 the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Wellington presented a photo exhibition "Polish Way to Freedom."

    The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Wellington presented a photo exhibition "The Polish way to Freefom". It was held on 3rd and 4th November, 2009 at the Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings in Wellington, and later between 5th and 30th November, 2009 at Rutherford House, Victora University, Wellington. The displayed photographs dated back to the 80's of the last century and documented crucial events of the polish way to freedom; among them dramatic images of striking workers, riots pacification as well as portrayals of the heroes of those times.

    In 2010 the exhibition will also be presented in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.


    Polish journalist Ryszard Holzer contributing to the Internationl Conference

     

    Polish jurnalist Ryszard Holzer contributed to the international conference "Europe Twenty Years After the fall of the Berlin Wall: Overcoming East and West"held on 3 - 4 November 2009 at Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings in Wellington. This noted publicist was one of the keynote presenters of the panel "The Strength of the Legacy of Communism."

    On November 6th, later during his visit to New Zealand, Ryszard Holzer also conducted a seminar co-organised by the Department of Political Studies of the University of Auckland and the New Zealand Institute of Foreign Affairs entitled "20th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence and the Fall of Comunism in Central Europe."


    Polish Music Extravaganza

     

     

    SMP Ensemble presented their concerts inspired by the celebrations of the anniversary of the arrival of the Pahiatua refugee children as well as by the twentieth anniversary of the end of the Cold War. These poignant concerts showcased Polish music as well as premieres of works written by NZ composers moved by the above events. They featured a string orchestra, various chamber groups and soloists.

    Further information at www.smpensemble.com


    Duo Artus in Wellington

     
     

    The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland were delighted to present a concert by Duo Artus (flute and guitar). Time/venue: 7:30pm, 22 October 2009, Ilott Theatre, Wellington.

    The Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Embassy of the Federal republic of Germany were coorganisers of Polish-German Chamber Music duo concert in Wellington. This music event celebrated German-Polish friendship 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and first democratic election in Poland.

    Duo Artus on Tour (Krzysztof Kaczka - flute and Perry Schack - guitar) performed at 7:30 pm on 22 October 2009 at Ilott Theatre, Wellington.

    Click herefor more details.


    70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II

    Professor Adam Daniel Rotfeld visited New Zealand to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

    In September 2009 Professor Adam Daniel Rotfeld, former Polish minister of foreign affairsand expert on international security, paid a visit to New Zealand. Professor Rotfeld delivered lectures on "The 70th Anniversary of the Outbreak of World War II: Poland between Russia and Germany. The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact" at the Victoria University, Wellington, on 23rd September and at Canterbury University in Christchurch on 24th September 2009.

    Photos from the lecture and the meeting with Polish diaspora:

     

     

    The ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II was held in Poland on 1st September. The representative of the New Zealand government, Minister Judith Collins, participated in the events in Gdańsk.

    We also recommend:

    The Poles on the Front Lines of the World War II


    5th anniversary of Polish EU membership

    A series of lectures delivered in New Zealand  by Polish director of DemosEuropa, Mr Paweł Świeboda, to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the Polish EU Membership.

    Poland and the Sleeping Beauty of European Integration, 1989-2019

    Mr Paweł Świeboda, director of Polish DemosEuropa office (http://www.demoseuropa.eu/) came to New Zealand to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Polish membership in the EU.

    From 1st to 19th September 2009 Mr P. Świeboda was visiting Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch. He delivered lectures at the Victoria University of Wellington, University of Otago and University of Canterbury on the Polish membership in the European Union and the concerns regarding functional aspects of the EU.

    On 31st August 2009 Mr Świeboda delivered a lecture "Poland and the Sleeping Beauty of European Integration, 1989-2019" in the UN Institute for International Relations in Wellington. It was organized by NZIIA, NZEUCN, VUW and MFAT. Click hereto read the lecture.

    On 1st September 2009 at 6pm Mr Paweł Świeboda met with Polish inhabitants in New Zealand in the Polish House in Wellington. Photos from that meeting and the lecture can be found here.

    The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Wellington invited everyone to a lecture on "Europe in the global order: is G3 an option?" within the framework of the European Union Centres Network Online Seminar, which takes place on 16th September 2009 from 2pm till 3pm in Virtual Europe Room, NCRE, University of Canterbury in Christchurch.


    Minister Judith Collins in Poland

    Visit of the New Zealand government representative, Minister Judith Collins, to Poland to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

    The representative of the New Zealand government, Minister Judith Collins, came to Poland  to participate in the commemoration of  the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.

    The Minister's schedule included laying a wreath at the Westerplatte Defenders' Cemetery, a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Mr Grzegorz Schetyna and a visit to the police headquarters in Warsaw.


    20th Anniversary of Regaining Freedom and the Fall of Communism in Central Europe

    Participation of Lech Wałęsa in the conference on "Europe Twenty Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Overcoming East and West" within celebrations of 20th Anniversary of Regaining Independence and the Fall of Communism in Central Europe.

    20th Anniversary of Regaining Independence and the Fall of Communism in Central Europe will be celebrated in New Zealand with due ceremony. Our Embassy participated in preparating the international conference on "Europe Twenty Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Overcoming East and West" which will take place in New Zealand in November 2009. We are planning to organize a visit of the renowned charismatic leader of the Solidarność movement, Mr Lech Wałęsa.

    His visit in New Zealand will coincide with the celebration of the 65th Anniversary of the Arrival of Polish Children to New Zealand (the so-called Children of Pahiatua). Polish experts and journalists such as Ryszard Holzer - expert on international and economic politics and political changes in Europe after 1989 - have also been invited to take part in the conference.

    In October and November 2009 a photographic exhibition commemorating the political transformation in Poland "Polish Way to Freedom" will be available for visitors in the building of Parliament and later at Victoria University.

     

     

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