Sports facilities and medical services improved with help from the Manapōuri Community Fund

Meridian Energy is investing over $83,000 in a number of projects across communities living near Te Ānau, Manapōuri and the Waiau.

Te Anau School pool

Te Ānau School will receive funding to completely re-clad its swimming pool building.

Te Ānau Tennis Club is also a beneficiary, with the fund enabling re-surfacing of the courts.The school’s principal Grant Excell explains, “the pool is used by the whole Te Ānau community and is a cornerstone of community education in water safety and skills. It’s fantastic that we’ll be able replace the current deteriorating cladding.”

Further down the Waiau, Tuatapere Medical Centre’s treatment room will be considerably upgraded. The room is a vital facility used every day. The funding will help re-fit the room to create a purpose-designed, sterile environment with proper storage for medical equipment.

“We’re pleased to support the upgrades of such a range of core community facilities,” Manapōuri Community Fund Chair Mat Bayliss commented.

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

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Full list of funding granted:

  • $10,000 to Fiordland Vintage Machinery Museum for the construction of a new display building.
  • $1,732.46 to Manapōuri Arts Group for the purchase of 12 exhibition flags for the annual Labour Weekend exhibition.
  • $15,000 to the Waiau Health Trust Ltd and the Tuatapere Community Medical Services Trust, for the upgrade of the Tuatapere Medical Centre treatment room.
  • $3,853.95 to the Te Ānau Community Events Charitable Trust for an event signboard at the town entrance and towards the Te Ānau Illumination Event.
  • $10,000 to the Te Ānau Tennis Club for the re-surfacing of the tennis courts.
  • $3,000 to the Te Ānau Community Toy Library for the purchase of new toys.
  • $40,000 to Te Ānau School to enable the recladding of the school swimming pool.

Image: swimming lessons at Te Ānau School (courtesy of Te Ānau School)