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Plunket Singing In The Rain

Plunket Singing In The Rain

It was a sure thing - the rain came down in Frank Kitts Park on Wellington's waterfront today as Plunket's New Zealand President, Kaye Crowther and Plunket toddler, 20 month old Emma Trueman, went singing (and splashing) in the rain - thanks to Meridian Energy. Seen here, Emma took delight in showing Mrs Crowther and Meridian Energy's Alan Seay how to have fun in the rain, when Meridian handed over a $650,000 donation to Plunket.

Meridian gave Plunket something to sing about when it kept its promise to make the donation given in recognition of New Zealander's effort towards saving power and averting a possible winter power crisis. The donation acknowledges that many New Zealand families - most of whom are Plunket babies or have Plunket babies in their family - supported the call for power savings.

While Meridian grappled with issues of power shortages, Plunket's issues with funding shortages prompted the major energy retailer to consider that Plunket would be seen by most New Zealanders as a worthy recipient of the savings.

Thanks to rain in the hydro catchment areas, improved thermal fuel supplies and the savings achieved in the early weeks of the Target 10% campaign, the Winter Power Taskforce and 10 percent target was abandoned. But Meridian Energy kept its promise in recognition of the efforts made.

The $650,000 package consists of a $500,000 cash donation; $150,000 worth of insulation and climate control systems (heat pumps) for Plunket's 21 family centres around New Zealand and 200 sets of DIY energy efficiency kits to be handed out to needy families and Plunket facilities as required. While the package will deliver much-needed financial assistance to Plunket, it will also contribute towards savings in Plunket's own electricity costs on an ongoing basis, as well as expanding and maintaining Plunket's services to those who need them in communities nationwide.

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