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Members of the Meridian White Hill Community
Fund panel have met for the first time to consider
funding applications from the community.
The panel is made up of community members
and Meridian staff and will meet twice each year.
Panel chairman Alan Seay said the community
fund model had been successful across
Meridian’s generation areas of Manapouri,
Waitaki and Te Apiti.
“The Community Fund gives people a sense of
ownership of the funding process and a say in
how the funds are used in their area. Having
locals on the panel ensures initiatives that are of
value to the community are supported.”
The funding was for an initial three years to allow
for certainty in planning for projects with long
term benefit, he said.
The White Hill Community Liaison Group
consulted with the local community and provided
Meridian with a list of nominees from which the
community representatives were chosen.
The three community-based members who sit
on the White Hill panel are Jim Guyton, Shirley
Menlove and Roger McDonald.
Jim Guyton, who chairs the Mossburn
Community Development Area Committee, said
the Community Fund provided an excellent
opportunity for locals to gain funding for projects
that benefit their area.
“It rewards people who are working hard to make
their community-driven projects work,” he said.
“The support given by the fund is considered on
a case by case basis. The advisory panel may
give all the money required to make a small
project work, or it can part-fund a bigger project
to give the recipients the help they need to get
moving to the next stage,” he said.
In the first round of funding for 2009, the panel
has agreed to enter into discussions with two
initiatives. The Northern Southland Community
Resource Centre has asked to replace the
vehicle used by the community coordinator. The
community fund panel will work with the centre
to assess the options.
The panel is also in discussions with the
Lumsden Community Pool Trust about its
automatic chemical dosing system for the local
community swimming pool.
Applications for consideration in the next round
of Meridian White Hill Community Funding must
be submitted by September 2, 2009.
For more information on the Community Funds
Meridian White Hill Community Fund
Alan Seay: Alan is Meridian’s communications
director. His experience on the Meridian Te Apiti
Community Fund panel is valuable and helps
ensure funding decisions are consistent.
Jim Guyton (QSM, JP): Jim is the chairman of
the Mossburn Community Development Area
Committee and has previously chaired the
Lumsden Community Board. Jim has lived in the
area for 47 years, an asset when considering
projects of long-term benefit for the region.
Shirley Menlove: Shirley is a retired Northern
Southland College schoolteacher who lives in
Lumsden. She is the secretary/treasurer of the
Northern Southland Trust. This means she is well
aware of the issues that are important to region.
Roger McDonald: Roger resides in Dipton and
has been on the Dipton School Committee
for six years. Roger was also chairman of the
committee for three years, giving him the
experience necessary to identify projects will
benefit the community.
Peter Mason. Peter works for Meridian in markets
and production. He is also the site manager at the
White Hill wind farm making him an integral part
of Meridian’s Southland operation and a valued
member of the community fund panel.
Mike Goldsworthy: Mike is Meridian’s asset
manager wind, markets and production. A
member of the Te Apiti panel, he has broad
knowledge of the local community and
experience with the Community Fund model.
Pouring rain did little to mar the
festivities surrounding Tuatapere’s
annual Day With McNay charity golf
tournament last week.
About 96 people turned out to
support the fundraiser and while
the incessant rain failed to dampen
spirits, former Waiau Hotel publican
David McNay, who launched the
event 25 years ago, said it did
cause many to cut their game short.
Most players managed anywhere
between three and nine holes.
The event had only been cancelled
once in the past and, because
so many people had made
arrangements to be there, the
decision was made that in future it
would go ahead regardless of the
The decision to press ahead proved
to be the right one. It was a hugely
successful day with $2456 raised
for the Tuatapere Junior Pipe Band
which performed at the after-match
Special guests, TV sports presenter
John McBeth and New Zealand
Sevens co-selector Tony Meecham
were among those to brave the
weather on the golf course last
Tuesday. The next day they spoke
at The Moose as a fundraiser for
Mararoa School, raising $750.
Panel meet for first time over
community funding requests
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Television sports presenter John McBeth was among about 96 players who braved
the pouring rain to take part in the Day With McNay charity golf match in Tuatapere
last week. He is pictured with Nathan Wise holding the umbrella.
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