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  • 1 March 2013

    March 1st marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Poland and New Zealand. The Polish Embassy in Wellington officially started the anniversary year with a reception in the great company.

    Amongst the guests were Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs Chris Seed, Chief of the Diplomatic Protocol Caroline Bilkey, former NZ Ambassador to Poland Penelope Ridings, Vice Chancellor (International) of Victoria University Prof. Rob Rabel, Director of the National Centre for Research on Europe Prof. Martin Holland, Head of the EU Delegation Michalis Rokas, Polish Honorary Consul in Christchurch Winsome Dormer and the NZ head of sales and marketing department of the Emirates Airlines Chris Paykel.

     

    The event was an excellent opportunity to exchange letters of congratulations of Ministers of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski and Murray McCully. In his letter to the New Zealand Minister, Radosław Sikorski mentioned joint efforts of Polish and Kiwi soldiers fighting on the front lines in Africa and Italy, support of New Zealand pilots in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 and the adoption of a group of Polish orphans, so called Pahiatua Children.

     

    During the ceremony the winner of the competition for the logo of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations was awarded  with the prize. The competition, launched by the Embassy last year was open to the students of graphic design from Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. Duncan McNaughton from Victoria University in Wellington was the winner chosen by a special jury. As a prize for the best design, Duncan received a return ticket to Poland with the Emirates Airlines. Emirates successfully launched direct flights to Warsaw only a few weeks ago. Congratulations!

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