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Six community groups are the latest round of recipients of Meridian’s Te Uku Power Up Fund. The fund supports local projects in Te Uku, Te Mata, Waitetuna and Raglan.

The fund is a long-time supporter of the team at Raglan Surf Life Saving Club, a community hub for surf safety and education. This year the club have been given just over $6,000 for a new engine for their rescue boat. Rescue boats are employed in more than 90% of the rescues performed by the Club and play a key role in search and preventative actions. The rugged environment of the West Coast takes a toll on engines so to ensure they’re ready for action, they’re replaced every three years. 

Guy Waipara, Meridian GM Generation and Natural Resources says, “The Te Uku Power Up Community Fund is a collaborate process, we work alongside passionate community leaders to allocate funds where they’re needed most. From smaller applications like display cabinets sharing local history, to larger requests like yachts to help engage and educate junior enthusiasts; we’re proud of the way the Power Up panel works together to support our Whāingaroa community.”  

Groups receiving funding in the latest round of Power Up are:

  • $2,240 to Raglan Community Arts Council for the purchase of new chairs for arts workshops.
  • $5,195 to Raglan Sailing Club for a new ‘Learn to Sail’ boat.
  • $9,000 to Te Uku School towards the school pool upgrade.
  • $6,276 to Raglan Surf Life Saving Club for a new rescue boat engine.
  • $1,000 to Raglan RSA for display cabinet refurbishment.
  • $5,945 to Waitetuna School for a shade sail for the sandpit for sun protection.

Total funding awarded to Te Uku community groups in this round: $29,656.00. For more information about Power Up and the communities Meridian supports, visit



Meridian Energy Media Team
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