Marysia Jaśkiewicz

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Marysia née Dac Jaśkiewicz—for many years a stalwart member of our Auckland Polish Association—died on 10 June 2022. One of the youngest of the Polish orphans who became known as the “Pahiatua children,” Pani Marysia arrived in New Zealand with her older sister, Aniela, in November 1944. They, and 836 other Polish children and adults, […]

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Looking for translators/ Potrzebujemy tłumaczy

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Readers of our website may have noticed that we have removed the translator button from our menu. It was not a decision made lightly. Having an algorithm translating for one is so much easier than actually doing the hard graft—and it is instant. We noticed, however—and have been told—that the “instant” translations of our stories […]

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July 2022

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Our History – corrections

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Input from readers is something website creators welcome, and we are no different. It means people are reading our stories—and let us know where we may have got it wrong. In my original story about the history of Poles in Auckland, which is under the About Us drop-down menu, I mistakenly used an incorrect date […]

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Stanisław Szczepański

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Stanisław Szczepański, a WW2 veteran who fought for the Second Polish Corps under General Wladyslaw Anders, died on 6 June 2022 aged 95. _______________ From left, former Polish Ambassador to New Zealand, Zbigniew Gniatkowski, Polish veterans Stanisław Szczepański and Adam Piotrzkiewicz, and Honorary Consul for Auckland, Bogusław Nowak, at the presentation of Pro Patria medals […]

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Logo Competition Winner

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Paulina Piasta tapped into the psyche of the members of our Association with her winning logo design: it outstripped the other nine entries by a significant margin. Her three entries into the competition focused on the key symbols Poles always associate with Poland—the Polish eagle, the map of Poland, and the colour red. That those aspects […]

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Annual General Meeting/ Doroczne Walne Zgromadzenie

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It is that time of the year again when we members of the APA meet for our annual general meeting. The date is confirmed as 29 May 2022. The time: 2pm. The place: Dom Polski, Auckland, 1 McDonald Street, Morningside. This will be the first public event held for APA Poles at the Dom Polski […]

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A Day Embracing Nature

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Last year’s cultural day at the CUE Haven Nature Reserve in Kaipara was so successful, the organisers are doing it again. Local Māori iwi – Ngāti Rango of Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara – will be hosting the event, which will enable all to interact with traditional Māori customs and culture. Along with Ngāti Rango, CUE […]

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Logo Competition – time to vote

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Many thanks to all who entered our logo competition. It is with great pleasure that we present the entries. We appreciate the entrants presenting several ways that the APA could use the logo, not only as a banner for our website, but also in future merchandising. All members of the APA are eligible to vote […]

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Malwina Zofia (Wisia) Schwieters (Polish)

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(15 II 1931 – 6 II 2022) Historia życia – w skrócie Autor: Jacek Drecki Malwina Zofia (Wisia) Schwieters (z domu Rubisz), urodziła się 15 lutego 1931 roku w Sokołowie, w powiecie rzeszowskim, województwo lwowskie. Do wybuchu II Wojny Światowej, wraz z rodzicami, Zygmuntem i Anną oraz młodszym bratem Ignacym, mieszkała w Nisku, a następnie […]

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Malwina Zofia (Wisia) Schweiters (English)

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(February 15, 1931 – February 6, 2022) An insight into the life of a proud Polish woman. by Jacek Drecki Malwina Zofia (Wisia) Schwieters (née Rubisz) was born on 15 February 1931 in Sokołów, Rzeszów county, Lwów province, in southern Poland. Prior to World War II, she lived with her parents, Zygmunt and Anna, and […]

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