Filling out paper work in New Zealand is no big deal. Doing it here is too much hassle and agro
Thanks for the response: it seems pretty difficult to do this from New Zealand.
The process would seem to be:
1.Acquiring Polish birth and marriage (if applicable) certificates by registering NZ vital records into Polish Records Office.This would presumably involve first registering our marriage, and then registering his birth. According to the polemb website, this would take 6 months for one document, longer if multiple documents. They have no control of it, simply send it off to the Wojewodztwo Mazowiecki office in Ostroleka or something
2.Applying for the Confirmation of Possession of Polish Citizenship and PESEL (National Identification Number)Heres the process
3.Applying for Polish passportProbably more expensive here than in Poland, going by what it cost my wife to get hers in Poland
I'm convinced it would somehow be easier in person, but you're probably right, personal confrontation with such magnificent bureaucracy could be bad for my health.Edit
No - the rules are still in place - if the person is Polish by law, then you must use a Polish document to enter/leave Poland.
I'll make sure that we fly into Poland from inside the Schengen zone then. I'm sure the Swiss or the Germans are not particularly interested in enforcing this requirement! Also, his name is probably not going to be that Polish, but he will be in the arms of his very Polish-sounding, looking, and named mother who will no doubt be doing the talking if we go through immigration processing there. Maybe I will need to carry him instead if we arrive from London