Nine Raglan community groups receive funding through Meridian’s Power Up

Raglan’s plan to be plastic bag free will move into its next phase with help from Meridian’s Power Up fund.

Plastic bag free RaglanPlastic Bag Free Raglan reusable shopping bag in local store. Credit: Angelo Giannoutsos.

Plastic Bag Free Raglan is a collaborative project run by Xtreme Zero Waste, Whaingaroa Environment Centre and Raglan Chamber which aims to cease the supply and use of single-use plastic shopping bags in Raglan.

The group has developed reusable shopping bags that have been distributed to local residents and businesses. The next phase of the project focusses on promotion, with Meridian’s funds going towards the production of signage. The new signs will raise awareness of the initiative and let visitors know that Raglan is a plastic bag free community. 

Meridian Energy’s Power Up chair Peter Mason says Meridian is delighted to be able to support Plastic Bag Free Raglan. “Raglan is an environmentally conscious town and it’s pleasing to see the community embracing such a successful initiative.”

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

  • Whaingaroa Environment Centre - $5,000 towards signage to promote the Plastic Bag Free Raglan initiative.
  • Waitetuna School - $3,059 towards a pool cover and roller for the Waitetuna Community Swimming Pool.
  • Raglan Surf Lifesaving Club - $9,093 towards a new patrol vehicle and radio equipment.
  • Raglan Netball Club - $2,000 to purchase training balls, match balls and first aid kits.
  • Surfside Youth - $874.99 to purchase a table tennis table.
  • Raglan Community House - $2,670 to purchase 30 stackable chairs for a new training and workshop space.
  • Raglan Area School - $5,450 to purchase mountain bikes, as part of the school’s sustainable sports programme.
  • Te Uku School - $5,000 towards a sandpit for the school.
  • Whaingaroa Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - $2,000 towards safety mats as the club plans to extend classes to children.

Total funding awarded to Raglan community groups: $30,553.99

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Power Up supports local projects in the communities near Meridian’s wind farms and hydro stations. For more information on Power Up visit: www.meridianenergy.co.nz/powerup