Our Club is currently sponsoring Connor to attend Auckland University on a Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarship and Connor has sent through the following (condensed) update:
 
In January, my family flew to see me during my time here in NZ.  We spent a few days in Auckland and then flew to the South Island…As soon as I stepped off the plane in Queenstown, I was in awe of the terrain that was in stark contrast to that of the North Island…A short plane ride had transported us to what seemed like a completely different world and a part of NZ that I had not experienced yet.  We stayed in Queenstown for a day and then departed to Te Anau. There, we took a tour of the glow worm caves…The caves themselves were quite beautiful and it was an amazing and quite surreal experience.  It was in Te Anau that we earned a new family member…my sister Kelci said yes to her long-time boyfriend John’s proposal…From Te Anau, we left for Milford Sound…by far the most beautiful and magical place I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing…The boat ride was around an hour and a half, with pit stops at waterfalls, coves, beaches, and even to watch some curious seals off the bow of the boat.  When the boat was returning back, it dropped my family and I off at an underwater observatory where we suited up and hopped in some kayaks…We paddled up glacial-fed rivers, shorelines, and through crystal clear water…my sister even had the opportunity to experience the water by taking a bit of a swim, though not purposefully.  On our way out of Milford Sound, we stopped at The Chasm. It is a glacially fed river that cut out a large crack in the stone.  You can hear the roaring of the water echoing through the entire height of The Chasm…Finally we settled back in Queenstown for another few nights.  We took the opportunity to dine at the tallest restaurant in town, the Stratosfare Restaurant.  After our time in Queenstown, we flew back to Auckland. The last day was full of goodbyes and promises to come back. We were all rested and my family prepared for their long flight back home.  I would like to thank the people of Rotary once again for allowing me to reside here in New Zealand.  Without you and this Club, none of this would have happened. The grant I have been given is for my education, yes, but it also allows for experiences and possibilities such as this.  It means so much to me and my family that I have your support.
Thanks again,
Connor Lind