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CULTURE & PUBLIC DIPLOMACY
The Polish Embassy in Wellington, in collaboration with the New Zealand National Centre for Research on Europe, New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, Victoria University of Wellington, Auckland University, Canterbury University and Otago University carries out various projects in the field of public diplomacy. We organize lectures, seminars and meetings with guests from Poland, during which the audience can learn and discuss contemporary Polish history, and the current political and economic situations.
In 2009, the following paid visits to New Zealand: Professor. A.D. Rotfeld, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Pawel Swieboda, director of DemosEuropa, journalist R. Holzer, Z. Hockuba, a board member of the National Bank of Poland and J. Foks, deputy director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs.
Prof. A. Budnikowski, Chancellor of the Warsaw School of Economics, journalist Andrzej Lubowski, Dr. A. Gwiazda, journalist A. Daszkiewicz from WINO magazine, J. Kastelaniec, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum Foundation visited New Zealand in 2010.
In 2011 we were hosting the visits of Mrs Roza Thun, a member of the European Parliament and journalists of TVP Sport.
Also in 2011, during the Polish Presidency of the EU Council, the Polish Embassy in Wellington organized three study visits to Poland:
- in April for the New Zealand journalist Tim Collins, publisher of bimonthly magazine IN-Business (www.in-business.co.nz), which is addressed to the New Zealand business and political circles. T. Collins, accompanied by a photographer visited Warsaw, Gdańsk, Łódź, Kraków and Wrocław;
- in September for Prof. Roberto Rabel, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) and National Vice-President at the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA);
- in November for Prof. Martin Holland, Director of the National Centre for Research on Europe, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Chair of European Integration and International Relations, Co-ordinator of the NZ European Union Centres Network.
In 2012, at the invitation of the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade a study visit was organized for the former President of the Republic of Poland, Mr Aleksander Kwasniewski. Mr President gave a series of lectures at universities in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, on Poland as an important member of the European Union in the modern world, the strategic partnership between the EU and the United States, as well as the Eastern Partnership initiative.
Professor Norman Davies, well known and respected historian and author of books on Polish and European history, visited New Zealand in May 2012. Prof. Davies met with the EU countries ambassadors, Polish community in Wellington, held a lecture at the Victoria University and at the University of Auckland.
2013 was a year of the 40th anniversary of Poland - New Zealand diplomatic relations. That year Poland's Minister for Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski visited New Zealand. New Zealand ministers Chris Finlayson (Culture) and Tim Groser (Trade) paid official visits to Poland. Polish Ambassador participated in a seminar on Eastern Partnership Initiative at NZIIA.
In 2014 Poland celebrated many significant anniversaries, such as 10 years of membership in the European Union, 15 years of membership in NATO and 25 years of Freedom (Round Table, first partly-democratic elections, 1st democratic Prime Minister). New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs Murray McCully visited Poland. Polish Senate Delegation with the Marshall as leader visited New Zealand. Polish Ambassador spoke in a panel about situation in Ukraine and its impact on New Zealand. Ambassador also spoke about the end of Cold War and events in 1989 and domino efect of Polish Solidarność. That same year the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Polish Pahiatua Children was celebrated around the country with the participation of the Polish Parliamentarians.
Success of Poland's economic transformation was one of main mottos of 2015. Polish Ambassador delivered presentations on the subject during the seminar organised by NZIIA in Auckland, at the conference in Christchurch as well as at the event held with POLANZ where Poland was being presented as a reliable business partner. New Zealand Speaker of Parliament visited Poland along with a group of MPs. Polish trade mission of GreenEvo innovative technology' companies took part in GoGreenExpo in Auckland. Bilateral agreement on film co-oproduction was signed in Warsaw. Also two major think-tanks NZIIA and Polish PISM signed a co-operation agreement. Polish Ambassador paid his first visit to Tonga. Also, as a symbol of solidarity, as a part of "Solidarity Grid" project, a replica of a street lamp gifted by a Polish city of Sopot was unveiled in the earthquake-stricken Christchurch.
In 2016 Poland commemorated its 1050 years of Christianity. We also hosted significant events such as NATO Summit and the World Youth Day Kraków 2016. Local celebration of the above anniversary and the events were held also in New Zealand. Poland also opened its campaign to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2018-2019. In this light, Polish Ambassador visited Samoa and Kiribati. Polish trade mission of major pork producers paticipated in the Fine Food Auckland fair. New Zealand's first-ever Wellington Polish Film Festival took place that year, as did the Polish Design Days in Christchurch. Polish Ambassador spoke in the seminar organised by the National Centre for Research on Europe on the situation in Ukraine and Poland's perception of the events.
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