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Getting active and out exploring was a strong theme for the latest round of recipients of Meridian’s Manapōuri Power Up fund. The fund supports local projects in the areas near our wind farms and hydro stations, and this round will enable important projects like Fiordland’s Lake2Lake trail to be completed.

Through a $10,000 grant from the fund, the Fiordland Trails Trust will connect the Golf Course Road section along this scenic trail. Runners, walkers and cyclists will travel safer alongside the river and bush with the trail now completely off the road.

An additional $30,000 grant has been given to the Fiordland multisport turf, another project the fund helped support, completed autumn last year. With funding for floodlights, hockey and tennis players from all over Fiordland will be able to play and practice into the evenings all year long.

Other Manapōuri groups to receive funding in the latest round of Power Up are:

  • Deep Cove Education Trust - $3,000 for educational resources.
  • Tuatapere and District Promotion Inc - $1,170 for 10 new Street flags.
  • Waiua Health Trust and Tuatapere Community Medical Services Trust - $10,000 to replace the worn-out carpet.
  • Western Southland Gun Club – $10,000 for new clay targets.
  • Otahu Flat School Restoration Committee - $1,352 to assist in costs associated with restoring the schoolhouse roof.
  • The Key Playcentre - $1,192 to set up irrigation for the tamariki outdoor play space’s Edible and Sensory garden.

Total funding awarded to Manapōuri community groups in this round: $66,714

Applications are now open for the May 2019 Manapōuri Power Up funding round. For more information and to apply, visit


Meridian Energy Media Team
0800 948 843