The celebrations will take place in November through December 2022

  1. Friday, 25th November 2022 an official opening of the Polish Exhibition in the Community Gallery at 6pm. Invitation to: all VIPs listed below and General Public.We have hired our Community Art Gallery, located in the Town Centre from 24th of November to 8th of December 2022. We are preparing the exhibition, which will display panels with historical information, photographs, historical artefacts brought by settlers on their journeys from their homeland as well as other objects showcasing the life of early Polish pioneers in New Zealand.
  2. Saturday, 26th November 2022, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, Lecture at Auditorium at 2pm. Invitation to: all VIPs listed above and General Public.We have reserved an auditorium space at our Toitu Otago Early Settlers Museum, where we will be hosting an afternoon event to give a lecture on the subject of Polish immigration and its influence on New Zealand’s early society.
  3. Saturday, 26th November 2022, Dunedin Club, Official Celebratory Dinner at 7pm. Invitation to: All VIPs listed below and members of POHOS.
  4. Sunday, 27th November 2022, Polish Church Queen Mary of Peace at Broad Bay, Otago Peninsula, Celebratory Mass conducted by Bishop at 11am and bus tour of places of interest for VIPs listed below.
  5. A bus tour will be organised to visit Port Chalmers and Quarantine Island, the exact places of arrival of Polish Settlers into Dunedin.
  6. Another bus tour will be organised to visit places of interest, like Allanton and Waihola, small villages on the outskirts of Dunedin, where Polish cemeteries and remains of the original cottages built by these early settlers exist.

Invitees:

  1. Mr Grzegorz Kowal, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to New Zealand
  2. Mr Maksymilian Zych, Consul of the Republic of Poland to New Zealand
  3. Representatives of Polish-New Zealand Parliamentary Group
  4. Mrs Winsome Dormer, Polish Honorary Consul for South Island,
  5. Mr Boguslaw Nowak, Polish Honorary Consul for North Island,
  6. Representatives of Dunedin City Council
  7. Nicky Page, Director of Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature
  8. Representatives of ALL Polish Communities in New Zeeland
  9. All founder members of POHOS
  10. Mr John Roy-Wojciechowski MNZM founder of Polish Museum in Auckland
  11. Members and friends of POHOS