New Zealand Embassy Warsaw, Poland


Press Release from Acting Prime Minister, Bill English

14 April, 2010

New Zealand will be represented by the Governor-General the Hon Sir Anand Satyanand at the state funeral of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria Kaczynska.

"We cherish our friendship with Poland," Acting Prime Minister Bill English said today. "The loss of so many distinguished people is a tragedy for Poland, which is felt all round the world. 


10:11 a.m. | A remembrance ceremony was held in Auckland this morning for Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people killed in a plane crash in Russia last week. 

Auckland City Council hosted members of the region's Polish community at Auckland Town Hall for the ceremony. 


The New Zealand Government has expressed its deepest condolences to Poland and its people on the tragic events of today, Acting Prime Minister Bill English says.


On Monday, 26 April 2010 the Embassy of New Zealand and the Embassy of Australia together with members of the community, diplomatic corps, representatives of the Polish and New Zealand Defence forces and Government of the Republic of Poland will gather for a remembrance ceremony commemorating ANZAC Day.

ANZAC is the occasion on which Australia and New Zealand remember their war dead. The day derives its name from the battle of Gallipoli, a major battle in World War I involving the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC).


This year's New Zealand International Arts Festival, which takes place in Wellington from 26 February to 21 March will feature performances by Warsaw's Teatr TR Warszawa and Riga's The New Riga Theatre.


New Zealand will host the annual IDF World Dairy Summit in 2010. The World Dairy Summit is the pre-eminent event in the dairy world, offering an opportunity for all participants in the dairy supply chain to come together and discuss the latest developments in dairy farming, processing, nutrition and health, science and innovation, marketing and policy.


The Working Holiday Scheme in Poland is open for New Zealand citizens. It enables people aged 18-30 to travel, live and work in Poland for up to 12 months. The Scheme offers 100 places a year and runs from 15 February. For more information about requirements, conditions and visa applications, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Wellington.


The Poland WHS will open on 15 February 2010. The scheme will allow Poles between the ages 18-30 to live and work in New Zealand for up to a year.  


National Day of New Zealand (Waitangi Day) celebrations will take place on Saturday 6 February at the Asian Gallery, 5 Freta Street in Warsaw.

1-3 p.m. Event for children. The Asian Gallery will be filled with the sounds images and myths of New Zealand. Children (over 5) are invited to join in Maori games, have their faces painted with ethnic designs and taste some New Zealand treats. Every child will receive a Maori name and a small gift.


The Museum of Asia and the Pacific organised an evening dedicated to New Zealand culture and food at the Jadlodajnia Filozoficzna, Dobra 33/35 Street on Wednesday 7 October.

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