Story: Wairarapa places

Polish refugees

In 1944 the Pahīatua internment camp became home to 734 Polish children and 103 adults, refugees from war-torn Europe. This film clip shows the children being helped into trucks for the drive to the camp. Many of the refugees subsequently settled in New Zealand.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Weekly Review 169. National Film Unit, 1944

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Ben Schrader, 'Wairarapa places - Pahīatua', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 October 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, updated 11 Jun 2015