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Sponsorships & community funds


We sponsor New Zealand charities that share our values and make a difference in our communities. We're corporate sponsors for KidsCan, South Island Rowing and Sustainable Coastlines, among others.

Community funds

Meridian’s community funds support local projects in the areas near our generation assets. It’s one way we can recognise the importance of local communities to our hydro and wind operations.



KidsCan is a Kiwi charity offering practical hands-on assistance to help thousands of disadvantaged children in 448 low-decile schools across the country.

Meridian is proud to help KidsCan make a tangible difference. Meridian’s support enabled schools to come off the waiting list to receive assistance, but we still have a long way to go.>

In 2013, KidsCan provided more than 30,000 meals a week for hungry kids, 16,307 raincoats, 10,446 pairs of shoes and 20,892 pairs of socks to underprivileged Kiwi kids. Their ‘Health for Kids’ programme will be expanded in 2014 to include a funding trial for doctor’s prescriptions as well as continuing to provide nit treatments, basic health and hygiene items to children living without the basics.

South Island Rowing

Meridian’s helped to nurture some of New Zealand’s top rowers, through our support for the Southern Regional Performance Centre. This has helped develop Olympic Gold medallists Hamish Bond and Nathan Cohen; Bronze medallist Storm Uru; and fellow team athletes Matt Trott, John Storey, Jade Uru, Fiona Paterson, Eve McFarlane and Fiona Burke over many years of preparation. They’re an “oarsome” bunch, and we’re proud of them all.

Sustainable Coastlines

We're proud to support Sustainable Coastlines in their work to educate Kiwis about marine debris, and to motivate schools and communities to look after the coastlines we all love.

Meridian Wind Sculpture Walkway

The Meridian Wind Sculpture Walkway near Wellington airport showcases five fabulous wind-activated sculptures designed by New Zealand artists. These dynamic public artworks celebrate Wellington’s best-known natural characteristic – the wind – and its place in our energy future.

The Meridian Wind Sculpture Walkway is a partnership between the Wellington Sculpture Trust, Wellington City Council and Meridian.

Visit the Wellington Sculpture Trust website

Past sponsorships

Meridian has supported a range of other initiatives over the years including a long partnership with Royal NZ Ballet, junior rugby, the Meridian Canterbury Rugby Academy in Christchurch, the Meridian Kids Bike Jams fun mountain bike events for children and the Aoraki Bound leadership programme in partnership with Ngāi Tahu and Outward Bound.

Living Legends

This year we completed our three-year sponsorship of Living Legends, a native tree planting project that was set up to celebrate and commemorate New Zealand hosting the Rugby World Cup 2011 and to honour some of New Zealand’s rugby legends.

The project involved some 8,000 Kiwis planting 170,000 native trees around the country.  As a sponsor, Meridian is proud of the immense achievement that has been made possible by the thousands of volunteers, the 17 ‘Living Legends’ and other sponsors The Tindall Foundation, Project Crimson and the Department of Conservation.