Five Wellington community groups receive funding through Meridian’s Power Up

The Makaracarpas Society will move into the next phase of its Makara Stream restoration project with help from Meridian’s Power Up fund.

Over several years, the group has been working to restore the natural state of the Makara stream and estuary through planting, pest control and fencing.

The next phase of the project will deliver planting plans for sites on four properties across the southern half of the catchment and then implement the plan through fencing and riparian planting. These properties will be local demonstration sites that engage and motivate other landowners to carry out similar work on their own properties.

Meridian Energy’s Power Up chair Mike Ohs says Meridian is delighted to be able to support the Makaracarpas with such a valuable environmental initiative.

“We’ve happily supported the Makaracarpas for several years as their work is making a real difference to the Makara community.”

The Wellington groups to receive funding in the latest round of Power Up are:

  • Makaracarpas Society Incorporated - $12,000 conditional on the Regional Council sighting the plans first, for planting and fencing at four stream riparian restoration demonstration sites.
  • Makara Model School - $5,270 to install combination goal posts on the school field.
  • Ohariu Valley Hall Company - $10,000 to repaint the Ohariu Valley Hall.
  • Onslow Pony Club - $5,000 to purchase two arenas at the Club.
  • Makaracarpas Society Incorporated - $750 for planting at Ted’s falls.

Total funding awarded to Wellington community groups in this round: $33,020

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