All ages to benefit from White Hill Community Fund

Meridian Energy is investing over $24,000 in eight projects across communities living near the White Hill wind farm in Southland.

Northern Southland Medical Centre Lumsden

The Northern Southland Medical Trust has received $8,000 to purchase a new autoclave for the medical centre in Lumsden. This hugely important piece of equipment sterilises surgical instruments.

Trustee Carrie Williams comments, “the autoclave is essential to the efficient and safe operation of the medical practice. Doctors and nurses are so pleased to have a new reliable autoclave to enable the provision of excellent health care to Northern Southland.”

Winter will be a lot more comfortable for the Northern Southland Senior Citizens Association, which has secured $2,000 to purchase two new heat pumps for their building in Lumsden.

Dipton School is an ongoing recipient of the White Hill Community Fund. The school has received $3,000 for new technology to enhance learning through digital and visual media; the two new television screens will be invaluable for teachers and pupils to present and share work in the classroom.

Meridian White Hill Community Fund Chair Peter Mason comments, “it’s great to see this funding supporting important facilities across the communities close to the White Hill wind farm.”

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 where we generate power from water and wind.

To find out more about the Meridian community funds visit

Full list of funding granted:

  • $3,600 to Mossburn Community Development Area Subcommittee to contribute to the upgrade of the Mossburn Information Kiosk.
  • $447 to Dipton Playgroup for the purchase of a portable emergency first aid kit and emergency supply kit.
  • $2,225 to Lumsden Playcentre for the upgrade of the conservatory vinyl flooring.
  • $2,000 to Mossburn Community Facilities Inc to enable the repair of spouting and downpipes on the Mossburn Community Centre.
  • $8,000 to Northern Southland Medical Trust to purchase a new autoclave for the medical centre in Lumsden.
  • $3,000 to the Lumsden Community Development Area Subcommittee to contribute to external repainting, spouting replacement and porch installation at Lumsden Hall.
  • $3,000 to Dipton School for the purchase of two television screens and wall brackets.
  • $2,000 to Northern Southland Senior Citizens Association for the purchase of two heat pumps.

Image: Northern Southland Medical Centre, Lumsden (credit: courtesy of Northern Southland Medical Trust)