Eastern Courier : October 31st 2014
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, October 31, 2014 Your chance to see cricket world cup The ICC Cricket World Cup trophy is about to begin a nationwide tour of New Zealand. And Aucklanders will be the first to see it at a launch on November 6 – 100 days before the opening match. The launch will be at Karanga Plaza in Wynyard Quarter from 6am to 2pm. Anyone who misses it will get a further opportunity at Mission Bay on November 9 (10am to 2pm) or Papatoetoe Recreation Centre on November 10 (11am-3pm). All events will feature an interactive exhibition on the history of the tournament, cricket skills challenges, fan giveaways, cricketing heroes and the chance to have a free photo with the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy. Fans are invited to share their photographs on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtags #cwc15 and #cwctrophytour. Head of New Zealand for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Therese Walsh, says the tour is an ideal way to give as many Kiwis as possible a chance to help kick start the country’s biggest ever summer of cricket. ‘‘Cricket is our summer game and a national passion. We will have waited a generation for the return of what has grown to be one of biggest sporting events in the world, and this is the perfect way to show New Zealanders what the tournament is all about. ‘‘For this trophy tour we’ve designed something really special that I believe will appeal to fans of all ages.’’ Mayor Len Brown looks forward to welcoming the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy tour to the region. ‘‘This is a great oppor- tunity for Aucklanders to get a taste of World Cup action before the event kicks-off here in 2015, which will be one of Auckland’s busiest-ever events seasons. ‘‘I encourage cricket fans and sports lovers to take part in the trophy tour activities,’’ he says. The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy stands 60cm tall and weighs 13kg. It’s made of silver and gold features a golden globe of the world on which all continents are represented. The globe signifies a cricket ball and is held up by three silver columns shaped as stumps and bails. These represent the three fundamentals of cricket: batting, bowling and fielding. World Cup:On its way to a venue near you. Refugees mark 70 years Reunion for Polish migrants By MEGHAN LAWRENCE IT’S 70 years since John Roy-Wojciechowski started his new life in New Zealand. The Howick resident was one of 733 Polish refugee children who settled in Pahiatua in 1944 after his family was forced to flee a Russian invasion. A reunion is being held in Wellington this weekend to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Polish arrival and more than 560 people are expected to attend. Roy-Wojciechowski has distinct memories of the day he arrived. ‘‘We were given icecream and comics to read and all these things we’d never had,’’ he says. But that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten his Polish heritage and he is deeply involved in promoting the land of his birth. The father of six established the Polish Heritage Trust of New Zealand and the Polish Heritage Trust Museum in Howick, which hosted more than 2000 visitors last year. ‘‘The idea is to share with New Zealand the rich heritage, its art, music and everything that Poland gave to the European community,’’ he says. The former Honorary Con- sul to the Republic of Poland lived at the Pahiatua camp for two years before boarding at St Patricks College in Silverstream and will celebrate with 17 family members. ‘‘My family have been very supportive of everything and Newlife: John Roy-Wojciechowski will celebrate the 70th anniversary of 733 Polish refugee children arriving in Pahiatua this weekend. are very proud of their Polish heritage. We will enjoy ourselves,’’ he says. A journey back to Pahiatua, mix and mingle event, concert, wreath-laying and a shared mass are a few of the festivities planned. Museums Wellington director Brett Mason says the celebrations will allow those of Polish heritage to reconnect with the stories of their past and give New Zealanders the chance to learn more about the culture. Polish Pahiatua, right: The camp at Pahiatua where Polish refugees were housed. WWII POLES Nearly 250,000 people weresent to slave labour camps in Siberia and the Arctic Circle, after being displaced from their homes during the Soviet invasion of Poland. The Poles werefreed from the camps in 1941 andsentto Iran, but many children,including Roy-Wojciechowski, lost their parents. Agroup of 733 children and 102 adults came from Iran to Pahiatua on November 1, 1944, at the invitation of New Zealand’s war-timePrime Minister, Peter Fraser. Roy-Wojciechowski was accompanied by two sisters, but left behind another sister and brother. The Warsaw regimedemanded their return but a Guardianship Council was established for the children and they weregranted permanent residency. Many later became citizens. ❚ An informal afternoon tea will be held at the Howick museum on November 9from 1:30pm to 4pm, 125 Elliot St. Gather together, left: Children at the Pahiatua camp in the vegetable garden.
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