Kōrero: Poles

Roadside Stories: Pahīatua's 'Little Poland'

Dubbed ‘Little Poland’, a camp outside Pahīatua was home to over 700 Polish children displaced by the Second World War. The young refugees, mostly orphans who had survived the harsh conditions of camps in Siberia, arrived in 1944. Although it was expected that they would later return to Poland, most stayed on and made new lives in New Zealand.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Pahīatua and the camp. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-t-5087-pm).

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Theresa Sawicka, 'Poles - 20th-century arrivals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/interactive/35324/roadside-stories-pahiatuas-little-poland (accessed 18 June 2021)

He kōrero nā Theresa Sawicka, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005, updated 25 Mar 2015