Upper South Island & West Coast
Lions District 202E welcomes you to our district webpage
District 202E covers 48% of the geographical area of the top of the South Island. From the sandy beaches of Golden Bay, across the fertile Waimea Plains and over the Richmond Ranges to the port of Picton and the vast vineyards of Marlborough, the District extends down the East Coast via the coastal tourist town of Kaikoura and rural North Canterbury to the garden city of Christchurch and the Canterbury hinterland as far south as the Rakaia River. On the West Coast the District extends down through Greymouth, Hokitika and the unique rainforests to Haast in South Westland.
Our District’s clubs are autonomous with their size and composition being wide ranging and diverse. The majority are now mixed clubs with each club having an individual identity reflecting the type of community in which it is located - rural areas, regional towns or the spreading suburban areas of Christchurch city.
As well as our key global causes of Hunger, Vision, Environment, Childhood Cancer and Diabetes, our clubs have a proud history of working on projects and providing service that supports their community’s unique needs. Lions Clubs are well respected with many clubs working in partnership with their local governing bodies and other voluntary groups and charities.
District 202E is excited to have initiated the formation of the New Zealand Motorhoming Lions Club. We warmly welcome people who enjoy the motorhoming lifestyle and who would also like to join Lions. You too can help make a positive difference to the environments and towns you visit by joining in with projects in that area or completing your own service in causes you are passionate about. The reputation of the organisation of Lions opens many doorways for you. Contact the District Governor for more information.
We extend a warm welcome to like-minded people who wish to join us and help make a positive difference to the lives of others in our communities as together in Lionism WE SERVE.
District Governor - Paul O'Connor
Paul has served in Lions for 28 years, and has been with the Halswell Lions for all but the first year that was with Johnsonville Lions. Paul for another 28 years was a professional soldier, reaching the pinnacle of a Soldiers career as the Chief of Army’s solder advisor. He served in a number of locations throughout New Zealand including two years in Vietnam during the war. He also was attached to the Australian Army for two years.
Paul is passionate about Lions and as the Leadership Coordinator over the last 5 years was responsible for the face-to-face training throughout the District. During his time in Lions he has been a Convention Chair and on the Cabinet for 8 District Governors. He has been awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship by his club and recently was presented by the late International Vice President Judge Haines, the Lions Clubs International Distinguished leadership medal.
The theme for his year as District Governor is that he wants to see at all levels of his team people setting an example, for others to follow.
Therefore, the District team theme is “Lead by Example”
“The future depends on what we do in the present”