Events & workshops

Talk, Film ‘Poles Apart’ and Wander the Galleries,
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Poles Apart Museum shop

Hosted Visit, open to individuals and small groups: join our popular tour of the galleries. Hear an introductory talk and watch the film ‘Poles Apart’.

The programme will start at 10am, with a look around the Lower Gallery, and follow with a talk starting at 10.15, then the film Poles Apart which is one hour, starting at 10.30. with free time after the film to wander the exhibits again ands visit the Upper Gallery.

We will serve morning tea at approx. 10.15am. Price is $10 cash per person. Morning tea / coffee / biscuits included. Bookings not required.

‘Poles Apart’ (1 hour) tells the poignant story and background of 733 Polish children and 102 adults who came to live in Pahiatua, New Zealand, 1944. These survivors were forcibly deported from Poland to Russia during World War 2 then evacuated to Persia during a short amnesty. They eventually found a home in New Zealand.

Museum founder Mr John Roy-Wojceichowski is one of the children,



‘Teacher only Session’ for 2019 bookings
Jan 24 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Picture1Artwork by Lindy Fisher

Teacher Only Session for information about the PHTM in-house 1 hour lesson

In house lesson: Identity/Migration: Polish children arrive in 1944

You are warmly invited to a Teacher Only Session for the Learning Outside The Classroom, PHTM educational programme called Stefania For Schools based on the book Stefania’s Dancing Slippers by Jennifer Beck and illustrated by Lindy Fisher.

Primary / Intermediate teachers and home educators are invited to visit the Polish Museum for a presentation, in preparation for student visits in 2018 . Experience the ‘Stefania for Schools’ lesson called Identity/Migration: Polish children arrive in 1944 with slideshow, objects and artworks, linked to the NZ school curriculum.

These free sessions are also available on request at times and dates for your school team.

For bookings/enquiries and alternative dates email or phone Lynette, PHTM Education Officer, on 533 3530.

This programmes is age appropriate from Years 3-8, age group 7-13 years old

PHTM building and flag imageMuseum building


‘In Desert and Wilderness’ : Polish Films in Howick
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

‘In Desert and Wilderness’ dir. Gavin Hood (2010).

Stas (14) and Nel (8) are thrilled to be with their fathers in exotic Egypt. The palm trees and beaches offer a welcome change from the chills of Europe and the children are fascinated by the different languages and religions of North Africa. During the night, Stas and Nel are kidnapped by Egyptian rebels. As the children of Suez Canal engineers, they are valuable hostages, but they soon escape with the help of two young Africans. While their fathers organize rescue parties, the children’s adventure takes them across the beautiful, vast desert.

This popular feature film with beautiful cinematography is set in 1890 and based on the Nobel prize-winning novel for youth ‘W pustyni i w puszczy’, written in 1912 by Henryk Sienkiewicz.

School holiday family entertainment.

English. Age 7+. 2-4pm. Captions available for deaf community by request.

Museum entry by donation. Polish Museum, 125 Elliot St, Howick. Ph 533 3530