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  • 3 November 2011

    On the last weekend in October, Ambassador Beata Stoczynska and Consul Slawomir Stoczynski visited Auckland. The main purpose of this official visit was to celebrate the 67th Anniversary of the Polish Children arrival in Pahiatua.

    On the last weekend in October, Ambassador Beata Stoczynska and the Polish Consul Slawomir Stoczynski visited Auckland. The main purpose of this official visit was to celebrate the 67th Anniversary of the Polish Children arrival in Pahiatua. On Sunday, 30 October, Ambassador and Consul participated in a Holy Mass and then in the reception at the Polish Heritage Trust Museum, held by the Polish Honorary Consul John Roy-Wojciechowski. During the reception, a short film about the train arrival at Pahiatua was shown.

    The Auckland visit was also a great ocassion to meet with the local Polish Community.

    Pahiatua ChildrenOn 1 November 1944, Prime Minister Peter Fraser welcomed the group of 733 children and 102 caregivers in the port Wellington, on board the United States troop carrier, the USS General Randall. Alongside the ship stood two trains which took the children to the Polish Children's Camp in Pahiatua, specially prepared for them, on the final stage of their almost five year epic journey. They were greeted along the way by crowds of local children who were given time off school for that purpose. From the railway station near Pahiatua the children transported by 33 army trucks to the camp, which was to become their temporary home. Volunteer groups of New Zealanders from the neighbourhood prepared beds, decorated the barracks with flowers, cleared the grounds and helped in the preparation of the first meal for the children.

    Polish Ambassador Beata Stoczynska and the Polish Honorary Consul John Roy-Wojciechowski
    Polish Ambassador Beata Stoczynska and the Polish Honorary Consul John Roy-Wojciechowski
    Auckland Polonia
    Auckland Polonia
    Symbolic bread
    Symbolic bread
    Pahiatua Children
    Pahiatua Children

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