Lions Clubs International President Joe Preston and his wife, Joni, have enjoyed a fleeting visit to the capital.
The fine, spring weather (with no wind) was in stark contrast to their aborted visit last October, when a violent storm prevented the couple from landing in Wellington.
They visited The Tree House at Hutt Hospital, enjoyed lunch with local club presidents, 202M cabinet members and past district governors, and planted a tree at Zealandia, where Joni Preston got up close to one of the oldest creatures on earth. The tuatara is closely related to the dinosaurs and the only species of its kind, now that all others are extinct. Once prolific world-wide, New Zealand is the only place on the planet where they survive. Holding 11-year-old Tane the tuatara is Darren van Hoof, the sanctuary’s education manager. Tane will live to over 100. There are around 200 tuatara at the wildlife sanctuary in Karori.
They also visited Ronald McDonald House in Wellington and learned about the massive fundraising drive that resulted in the Lions Den, before winging their way to Sydney on their journey home.