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The Wellington suburb of Makara is a short drive from the CBD but the peaceful coastal village feels a world away from the bustle of the city. Makara’s connection to nature and strong community spirit are drawcards for residents and visitors alike and are now getting a boost through Meridian’s West Wind Power Up Fund.

The Makaracarpas Society improves the environmental health of the local area and its waterways through riparian planting, fencing waterways, trapping pests and engaging the community in their work.  Meridian’s Power Up funding will provide plants for the group’s upcoming community planting days.

Louise Askin, Makaracarpas Society member says, “We want to see better water quality, more native biodiversity and less sediment getting into the Makara Estuary. Many of our neighbours are already planting their streams but the Power Up fund has helped take our work to the next level.”   

“It's a long-term investment which will quite literally continue to grow. Makara, and our streams, really value the Power Up partnership.”

Makara groups receiving funding in the latest rounds of Power Up are:

  • $5,605 to Makara Model School for a new 20ft storage shed.
  • $500 to Makara Model School towards bike maintenance.
  • $20,000 to Makara Model School for the 1892 School Building Project.
  • $500 to Makara Community Centre Association for Makara Hall toilet upgrade.
  • $7,000 to Makara Pony Club for a new weatherproof shed.
  • $3,000 to Pest Free South Makara for setting up a trapping network.
  • $14,540 to the Makaracarpas Society for riparian planting.

Total funding awarded to West Wind community groups in the last two Power Up rounds: $51,145.00.

Applications are now open for the October 2019 West Wind Power Up funding round. For more information and to apply, visit


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