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Source: Republic of Poland in English

The official visit of the Polish Presidential Couple to New Zealand began before noon local time on Wednesday.

President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda were officially welcomed by Governor General Patsy Reddy and her husband David Gascoigne at a ceremony in Auckland.

The Presidential Couple then took part in an observance at the War Memorial Museum, where the President laid a wreath at the World War Two Hall of Memories monument. Later, the Presidential Couple together with Governor Reddy viewed an exhibition devoted to Marshal Józef Piłsudski, which was prepared for the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence.
On Wednesday, President Duda also met with the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern. After the meeting a joint press conference was held. See also: President Andrzej Duda begins official visit to New Zealand “Poland wants to tighten economic relations with New Zealand”

In Auckland, Andrzej Duda spoke with opposition leader Simon Bridges.

During the Presidential Couple’s gathering with the Polish diaspora at the Dom Polski cultural centre, Andrzej Duda presented state decorations to distinguished Polonia activists.

On Thursday, in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, the president will participate in the official opening of the Polish Children’s Square which pays homage to Polish children who lost their families as a result of the annexation of part of Poland by the Soviet Union. Andrzej Duda will also lay flowers at the plaque commemorating Polish Children from the Camp in Pahiatua.

The President and the First Lady arrived in Auckland on Tuesday evening after completing a four-day visit in Sydney. (PAP, MK)