Community news

Meridian’s Power Up fund is set to benefit a large number of community groups in the Waitaki region. From local conservation and sports groups to groups focused on Waitaki heritage and health, Meridian is proud to support such diverse initiatives in such a passionate community.

Meridian is funding $75,000 to support the Omarama community in their goal to build a new multipurpose sports court. Positioned by the Community Centre, the courts will offer tennis and netball for visitors and the whole community to enjoy. Kurow Youth Playground will be a hive of activity with $27,000 for a new clay cycle track offering banked walls, wooden rollercoaster areas and a jump ramp thanks to Waitaki Valley Community Society’s application.

New educational and recreational facilities for Waitaki communities and visitors to the area includes The Nichols Blacksmith Historic Trust. With funding of $600 for forging, grinding and sanding tools; this Duntroon heritage building will again be filled with local and visiting enthusiasts developing new skills.

The historic Kurow Museum building will fit out a workshop with their $5,000 grant, offering dedicated volunteers committed restoration and upkeep equipment for irreplaceable vintage machinery.

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

  • Otematata Residents Association - $4000 for new upgraded signage in Wetland Area.
  • Falstone Reserve Recreational Society - $3304 for an AED defibrillator, giving campers access to lifesaving equipment.
  • Awamoko Hall and Domain Trust - $4000 for the renewal of the entrance and fire door repositioning.
  • Twizel Early Learning Centre Board - $5000 to replace the old soft-fall area and landscape the playground and lawn.
  • Twizel Area School - $500 for Year 12 students to build a jet boat as a fundraiser for the school.
  • Twizel Cricket Club - $2862 for two bags of cricket gear.
  • Vanished Worlds - $1970 to purchase large screen stand and laptop for education programmes.
  • Riverside Football Club - $5000 to purchase a container for gear storage.

Total funding awarded to Waitaki community groups in this round: $134,236.

Power Up supports local projects in the areas near our wind farms and hydro stations. Applications are now open for the May 2019 Waitaki Power Up funding round. For more information, visit


Meridian Energy Media Team
0800 948 843