District 202E

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 - John Bilderbeck

John Bilderbeck

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I joined the Lions in 1988 at Dunedin North and had a great induction in the Lions family. I am currently a member of Nelson Host Lions Club. I have had several roles in the club as well as serving on the District Cabinet as Zone Chairman, GLT North, assisting with the Alert Chairman, and stepping up to the roles as Vice Governor and Governor.

I am married to Yvonne and have two children along with five wonderful grandchildren.

My theme this year is based around the values for moving the 202E District forward into the future and making sure we have growth and a succession plan in place to make this happen.


With this theme I believe that we must all be working together as Lions to achieve the best outcome both in our District and Lions worldwide.

The challenges we face in our communities are ones that we as Lions can help with, we have proven this in the past, and I know will continue to do so in the future.

The future is in our hands, so we need to have positive membership growth, to serve the needs of the community.

Service is the heart of what we do as Lions and we are very good at doing that, so let’s build on this and create a Team that will last well into the future.

I look forward to the challenge that this year will bring and the difference all the Lions members in our District can contribute to this.

John Bilderbeck
202E District Governor.

District Governor

John Bilderbeck
T: 027 547 9136 7451
E: 202e.dg(at)lionsclubs.org.nz
Club: Host Nelson

Cabinet Secretary

Ian Cameron
T: (03) 574 2558 | 021 059 8713
E: 202e.secretary(at)lionsclubs.org.nz
Club: Havelock

Cabinet Treasurer

Ian Lennie (Beverley)
T: 027 271 7451
Email: 202E.treasurer(at)lionsclubs.org.nz
Club: Woodend Pegasus

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