The Auckland Polish Association

The Auckland Polish Association is an active, charitable community organisation dedicated to promoting Polish culture, history and language with the aim of uniting all those interested in things Polish. The APA organises many events for everyone to enjoy. We believe in gathering people together across generations irrespective of when they came to NZ. Our aim is to maintain and promote Polish Culture as part of the rich Auckland multi-ethnic community. We connect the community by celebrating Polish heritage and culture, through commemorations, markets and education.

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Local Polish History

Geoffrey Potocki de Montalk

Count Geoffrey Wladislas Vaile Potocki de Montalk (10 June 1903 – 14 April 1997) was a poet, polemicistpagan and pretender to the Polish throne.

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Paderewski Concert tours in 1904 & 1927

Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) was a Polish pianist and composer who performed in New Zealand in 1904 & 1927.  He was a spokesman for Polish independence.

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Count Jozef de Montalk-Potocki

Count Jozef de Montalk-Potocki arrived in NZ in the 1860s and taught modern languages at Auckland University College from 1891.

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Auckland Polish Articles

Pope John Paul II Plaque

A plaque, unveiled in 2007 is located on a large rock below a Norfolk pine near the kiosk at Auckland Domain. It commemorates the visit of Polish-born Pope John Paul II to Auckland in November 1986.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The cathedral includes a statue of John Paul II and Katyń plaque: On 16 April 1990 the Catholic Bishop of Auckland Denis Browne unveiled a plaque in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Auckland.

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National Pierogi Day. We love these Polish dumplings

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Auckland Community & Events

Planet FM – Halo Tu Polska

Here is a one-stop shop for Polish Kiwis wanting to connect with the language and culture of Poland in Auckland.

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Polish Heritage Trust Museum

Polish Museum open to the public, founded by Polish Pahiatua Janek (John) Roy-Wojciechowski.

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Dom Polski – Polish School

Home of the Auckland Polish Association, established in 1960, built by members, and opened in 1972. Visit the website https://poloniaauckland.co.nz/ or our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/apapolonia/ to find out about upcoming events.

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