Tauranga is a summer capital of New Zealand, and is the home of the very active Polish community gathered around the "Polish Heritage Association of Waikato and The Bay Of Plenty". The Polish community in the region of Tauranga regularily organizes polish cultural events and school classes for children. 


It was a very painful comment of one of my four children. I had to prove to them that Polish language is used by other people also those living in NZ.


Some 100 guests had come to Tauranga's Village Hall to meet the Wawel Dragon – the theme of a Polish evening on 18 November 2015. The event was part of Multicultural Tauranga’s monthly Living in Harmony series of cultural evenings, each one dedicated to one specific country and organised by the respective ethnic community.


Tauranga based Ewa Fenn, Vice President of Polish Community Trust, Bay of Plenty,was – once again – recognised for being the voice of migrants in the Western Bay of Plenty. On 3rd of  September 2015 she received an award for services to migrants at a special ceremony at Western Bay of Plenty District Council's Community Committee meeting.

Early Polish Mag - Part 2

By publishing this article (the first part was published in our previous issue) we would like to open a forum for all New Zealanders whose  ancestors arrived in New Zealand from Poland. They came to Aotearoa with hope for a better future. Their children and grandchildren were born as New Zealanders. We invite you to write your family stories (and not only) to Gazeta Polonia.

Early Polish Mag - Part 1

Polish people have had a long settlement history in New Zealand beginning with the second and third voyages here of Captain James Cook. In his well-researched book History of Polish Settlers in New Zealand (1990), J B (George) Pobog-Jaworowski, has detailed the biography of many individuals who came here to seek a better life in a new land.

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