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The final stage of the Lake 2 Lake trail from Te Anau to Manapōuri will now be completed with help from Meridian’s Power Up fund.

The community-led project has worked tirelessly since 2007 to fund and build the 28km trail. Meridian Energy’s Power Up Chair Mat Bayliss says the trail provides a great recreational resource for locals and visitors to the area.

“The construction of the trail has been a great asset to the local community. It is a beautiful part of the country and it’s wonderful to be able to share it with visitors to the region. It also provides a great resource to develop sporting and fundraising activities that will benefit the community. It’s also seen the establishment of several bike hire businesses in Te Anau as a result of the trail’s construction.”

Fiordland College will also benefit with funding that enables the purchase of a cycling support trailer and gazebo for use at cycling events around the region. The equipment will be available for community use and managed by Fiordland College.

The latest round of Meridian’s community fund Power Up has awarded funding to eight Southland community groups:

  • Pomona Island Charitable Trust - $7,478 for the purchase of transmitters, tracking equipment, nest markers and boat transport to help determine whether critically endangered Haast tokoeka have successfully bred.
  • Fiordland Endurance and Adventure Racing Society - $3,000 for the purchase of banner flags and equipment.
  • Te Anau Plunket - $8,000 towards the cost of replacing fencing at the Plunket rooms.
  • Fiordland College - $9,000 to purchase a cycling trailer and gazebo for use at local and regional events. The equipment will also be available for community use.
  • Te Anau Waitangi 2018 Committee - $600 towards the cost of purchasing flags to support Waitangi Day celebrations.
  • Fiordland Trails Trust - $60,000 to undertake the construction of Leg 6 of the final stage of the Lake 2 Trail recreation track.
  • Fiordland Conservation Trust - $1,320 towards the restoration of Bird Park signs on behalf of the Kids Restore the Kepler initiative.
  • Westland Southland Gun Club - $6,000 to replace three faulty target release systems.

Total funding awarded to Southland community groups: $95,389.

Power Up supports local projects in the areas near Meridian’s wind farms and hydro stations. For more information visit:

Contact: Anna Vrede, External Communications, 021 195 2175