Fourteen Waitaki community groups receive funding through Meridian’s Power Up

A range of community, sporting and environmental projects have received a boost from the latest round of Meridian’s Power Up fund.

Waitaki Valley Community Society will be able to complete stage one of the Kurow Wetland Trail with $20,000 from Meridian.

The High Country Medical Trust will be able to purchase a vital ECG defibrillator machine for the Twizel Medical Center after receiving a $25,000 grant.

Meridian Energy’s Power Up chair Mat Bayliss says Meridian is delighted to be able to support people doing great work in our backyard.

The 14 Waitaki groups to receive funding in the latest round of Power Up are:

  • Waitaki Riparian Enhancement Society - $4,715 to purchase a log splitter.
  • Omarama Board of Trustees - $14,878 to waterproof and epoxy paint the school pool.
  • Upper Waitaki Primary School Sports Association - $1,000 to purchase a sports timer.
  • Waitaki Valley Community Society - $20,000 to finish stage 1 of the Kurow Wetland Trail.
  • Coastguard Mackenzie Lakes - $5,000 to replace a marquee.
  • Twizel Gymsports - $7,000 to purchase gym equipment.
  • Nicol’s Blacksmith Historic Trust - $4,000 towards a Haast’s eagle sculpture.
  • Twizel Snow Club - $3,000 to purchase break-a-way poles.
  • Duntroon & District Development Association - $1,583 towards a south entrance sign to the Duntroon Wetlands.
  • Kurow Rugby Club - $15,000 towards LED lighting on the Kurow Domain.
  • Otematata Residents Association - $3,500 to purchase eight self-inflating buoys.
  • High Country Residents Trust - $25,000 towards the purchase of an ECG defibrillator machine for the Twizel Medical Center.
  • Mount Cook Resident’s Association - $6,000 to install a power meter and heat pump at the Mt Cook Community Hall. 
  • Waitaki Valley Medical Trust - $10,000 towards a portable ultrasound machine.

Total funding awarded to Waitaki community groups in this round: $121,176.

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