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The Waitaki Valley Community Society will be able to construct a shelter and learning centre on Kurow Island with the help from Meridian’s Power Up fund.

Since its formation in 2004, the volunteer group has worked hard to restore Kurow Island into a recreational and ecological area, showcasing the unique braided river system.

Meridian Energy’s Power Up Chair Mat Bayliss says Meridian has been pleased to provide ongoing support to Kurow Island, an important environmental initiative.

“The Kurow Island group have worked for many years to enhance what was once the district landfill. The result has been the creation of a unique recreational and environmental facility the whole community can enjoy and be proud of.”

The Glenavy Volunteer Fire Brigade will also benefit with funding to purchase a 4WD ute and rescue equipment to be used for responding to medical emergencies. It can take some time for an ambulance to reach emergencies in remote and often inaccessible locations so having a specialised vehicle that can access places such as river beds, hills, 4WD tracks and farms will mean help can get there faster.

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

  • Otematata Outdoor Bowling Club - $3,000 for the purchase of a new greens mower.
  • Kurow Island Group - $46,000 towards construction of a shelter and learning centre on Kurow Island.
  • Nicol’s Blacksmith Historic Trust - $3,500 to reactivate the Wheelwright and Auto Engineer Workshops in Oamaru.
  • Glenavy Pool Community Trust – $7,500 towards the upgrade of the community pool.
  • Twizel Volunteer Fire Brigade - $3,500 to be used to upgrade the kitchen and lounge.
  • NZ Alpine Club - $10,000 to assist with the construction of a hut on the Malte Brun Range.
  • Twizel Early Learning Centre - $3,000 to help upgrade playground and outdoor equipment.
  • Glenavy Volunteer Fire Brigade - $25,000 towards the purchase of a 4WD ute fitted out with first aid and rescue equipment.
  • High Country Medical Trust - $3,500 towards the purchase of an immunisation fridge.

Total funding awarded to Waitaki community groups in this round: $124,349.00

Power Up supports local projects in the areas near our wind farms and hydro stations. For more information on Power Up visit:

Contact: Anna Vrede, External Communications, Meridian Energy, 021 195 3175