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Pahiatua supports twin town in Poland to help displaced Ukrainians

The community of Pahiatua is fundraising to help their twin town in Poland,
Kazimeriz Dolny. Hundreds of Ukrainian families have fled to Kazimierz Dolny to escape the atrocities of the war.

Among others, the fundraising includes the screening of “Overcoming Fate” (2015), a Polish documentary (with English subtitles) that tells the story of the Polish Pahiatua Children. 

In 1944, the people of Pahīatua opened their homes and hearts and welcomed over 700 Polish children displaced by the horrors of the Second World War. Those Polish children have made a huge contribution to New Zealand and passed their culture and stories on through their families, with strong Polish Associations throughout New Zealand.

The “Overcoming Fate” documentary uses archival footage and contemporary material filmed in New Zealand such as interviews with survivors and re-enactments in Poland for a deeply moving experience. The Pahiatua Museum were privileged to receive permission to show the film from award-winning film director Marek Lechowicz.

It’s also possible to make online donations to the displaced Ukrainians in Pahiatua’s twin town here:

All money raised from this film screening will go directly to a fund administered by the Mayor of Kazimeirz Dolny for the displaced Ukrainians living there.

This event is proudly supported by Tararua District Council, Pahiatua Museum and Explore Pahiatua.

The movie will screen at the Pahiatua Regent Theatre on June 4 and 5 at 11am and the Dannevirke Regent Theatre on June 11 at 11am.

Tickets are adults, $15, children under 16 $10 and $45 per family. Raffle tickets and other fundraising items will be on sale too.

To get tickets please call 0800 TARARUA (827 278) or email: