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The Makaracarpas Society will be able to bring the Makara and Ohariu Valleys into the ‘Predator Free New Zealand 2050’ programme with help from Meridian’s Power Up fund.

The group will work with Wellington Predator Free to connect the city to the Makara Coast, enabling the isolation of a section of the lower North Island. The funding will allow the purchase of 30 traps for use in the local area.

Meridian Energy’s Power Up chair Mike Ohs says Meridian is very pleased to be able to support the Makaracarpas on environmental initiatives such as this.

“The Makaracarpas have worked for many years to enhance the Makara area and their work is making a real difference to the local environment. Meridian is delighted to continue supporting these projects and passion that the Makaracarpas have for their community.”

The Makara Community Centre Association will also benefit with funding that allows the completion of an interior and exterior maintenance programme for St Patrick’s Church before the busy wedding season commences.

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

  • Makaracarpas Society Incorporated - $1,910 for the purchase of 30 traps to help eradicate pests in Makara and Ohariu Valleys.
  • Makara Community Centre Association - $4,060 for replacement of external water pipes at Makara Hall. Approved in principal Wellington City Council.
  • Makara Community Centre Association - $725 for the external clean and lichen roof treatment of St Patrick’s Church.
  • Makara Model School – $20,000 to build a bike track in conjunction with Wellington City Council through the Bikes in Schools Programme.

Total funding awarded to Wellington community groups in this round: $26,667.00

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


Contact: Anna Vrede
External Communications, Meridian Energy
021 195 3175