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.

Christmas

Christmas is a special time for everyone irrespective where or in what climate we live. The unique atmosphere of Christmas makes people from every part of the world be charmed by the magic.

Unveiling of the Solidarity Grid Lamp

Event location: 

Park Terrace, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

Event date: 

08/12/2015 - 09:00

New Solidarity Grid Lamp as a reminder of Poland's Fight for Democracy. A Central Eurpoean street lamp from Sopot, will be unveiled on Park Terrace by Zbigniew Gniatkowski the Ambasador of the Republic of Poland and by Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

Red or White - A story of Carmenere hiding as Cabernet Franc

Another part of our trip through wineries around Auckland was about visiting Matakana. Matakana is a tiny region, about an hours drive north from the city.

New Zealand showcase in "Golgotha of the East"

At the Wroclaw parish of Our Lady of Consolation of the Redemptorists, there is a Museum calle the Golgotha ​​of the East. This institution is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the communist regime, mainly Poles deported to Siberia.

Interview with Ewelina Kosmal - The winner of the World of Wearable Art Competiion

How did you decide to start in the World of Wearable Art?

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.

Returns

As I walked through the terminal in Auckland airport a wave of sadness hit me. It was unlike anything I’ve felt before, when I always knew I’d come back to ‘home’. Although I didn’t realise it at this time, I was embarking on an uncertain journey. Studying abroad is a lot more complex than it seems. The costs, organisation and responsibility of the future ahead were inexistent.

'Girls from Syberia' by Anna Herbich

There 10 dramatic stories of  young women begins in a  very similar  young way with the banging at the door, few minutes to pack  and a long journey by catlle trains into the unknown. Janina, Stefania, Danuta, Alina, Natalia, Danuta, Weronika, Grażyna, Barbara, Zdzisława at the beginning of their young life were taken by the Soviets  to Siberia only becuase they were born Polish.

Unbeliveable idea

The potato is a very common vegetable. It has two monuments in Poland in Biesikierz and Poznań.  To use it instead of  paper for a letter or email is rather an unusual idea. A 24 year old from USA created 'potato post'. He is sending birthday, wedding greetings on a big or an average potato. On the large one he can fit 140 sign on the average 100 signs(price $9.99 and 7.99).

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