Joan Fairhall, Trustee

Joan Cropped

There were butterflies aplenty in Joan’s childhood in Blenheim – that fleeting, flitting enchantment almost taken for granted. Then a career embracing radio and TV presentation and journalism in both

New Zealand and the UK, and as communication consultant for NZ corporates and businesses. She is a director of Fonebank Recycling NZ Ltd.

Over more than twenty years her involvement with Special Olympics saw her transition from ‘mum the chauffeur’ to aquatics team manager, Chair of Special Olympics North Harbour, and Regional Councillor. Butterflies ate their way through dozens of swan plants when her sons were youngsters, but they took on a special significance when helping her intellectually disabled son to cope with the death of his beloved wife – and led to her involvement with MBNZT. Joan says she still has a lot to learn about butterflies, moths and the MBNZT and is keen to give her full support.