Whangarei's Canopy Bridge will be lit up in purple and gold this week to mark the Lions District 202K Convention being held in the city, which will attract hundreds of people from across New Zealand and overseas.

The convention, at Forum North on Saturday and Sunday, will bring about 200 Lions and their partners from throughout the district, which stretches from North Cape to Coromandel, Greater Auckland and Te Kauwhata to the Pacific Islands of Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and American Samoa. Visitors will arrive from Australia and Fiji.

The convention is being hosted by Onerahi Lions and purple and gold are the colours of Lions internationally.

"It's really our annual general meeting," said Heather Carthew, president of the Onerahi Lions Club, "and we'll be making it as fun-filled as possible."


With a theme of 'Lions Can Fly!' delegates will find themselves registering at the 'check-in', raffle tickets will sell under the 'Fly Byes' label, and agendas and other business papers will be issued from the 'Business Class' desk.

Whangarei's No 29 Squadron Air Cadets will act as flag bearers at the start of Saturday's business session and on Sunday a special remembrance ceremony will be held in memory of the district's Lions who passed away during the year.

Whangarei string quartet the Martin Family will take part. Social highlight of the weekend will be a Pacific Islands-themed dinner dance on Saturday evening. The other seven Lions clubs in Whangarei will all have a part to play in the weekend's activities.