Historic Ohariu Valley Hall to be upgraded following Meridian Energy grant

The Ohariu Valley Hall is to receive a much needed upgrade thanks to funding from Meridian Energy’s Mill Creek Community Fund.

Meridian has committed $22,000 to assist with renovations of the service areas at the rear of the community hall, including interior and exterior cladding, an electrical upgrade and basic cabinetry.

Ohariu Hall

Ohariu Valley resident Bruce Macintyre says the funding from Meridian will go a long way in ensuring the historic hall can remain in use.

“The Hall is more than 100 years old and has been progressively renovated over recent years. It has been re-roofed - with assistance from the Mill Creek Community Fund - as well as repiled, earthquake strengthened and upgraded for fire safety.”

“Now that it is structurally sound and weather tight, the upgrades to the service area will ensure it’s a sanitary, fully functional and safe community hall and civil defence centre.”

The Onslow Pony Club has also been awarded funding from the Mill Creek Community Fund. The pony club has received $5000 to purchase a new pole trailer, which will assist club members with moving large poles used to construct jumps for events.

Meanwhile, Meridian’s community relations manager Carly Anderson says Meridian is delighted to announce it will support the Mill Creek Community Fund for another three years. “We recognise how important the communities are in the areas where we generate power, and the community funds are our way of celebrating this relationship with you.”

From July 2016, funding for the Mill Creek Community Fund will be $60,000 over three years with Meridian to hold one funding round each year.

Meridian’s community fund programme support local projects in the areas near our generation assets. It’s one way that we can recognise the importance of local communities to our hydro and wind operations. 

To find out more about the Meridian community funds visit https://www.meridianenergy.co.nz/about-us/community-support/community-funds.