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When: Sunday 7 December
Where: Lake Coleridge Village
Time: The Open Day runs from 10am – 4pm with official speeches taking place outside the power station from 12.30pm – 1pm

In attendance: Hon. Amy Adams, MP for Selwyn District; Kelvin Coe, Mayor of Selwyn District, along with an estimated 2,000 people visiting for the day.

Thanks to the hard working Lake Coleridge Open Day and Centenary community committee and in partnership with Trustpower, the Coleridge Power Station Centenary celebrations will include:

• the unveiling of large, commemorative information panels, complete with power station relics
• tree planting and walks in the historic Hart Aboretum
• tours of the 100 year old in-operation power station
• a parade of vintage machinery (including traction engines, similar to those used to construct the power station), Clydesdale horses and classic cars at 11am
• pony and Clydesdale horse and wagon rides
• historical displays and videos
• real stories of old times by an ex-resident
• sheep shearing and wool spinning
• old time games and colonial classroom lessons by the children of Windwhistle School
• period costume competition
• Black Billy Te tastings
• walks to the Rakaia River Lookout
• Vintage Car Club Posh Picnic competition
• sight-seeing coach tours
• rural fire force display
• variety of market and food stalls

Coleridge Power Station was the government’s first state-owned hydro scheme. It was built to supply power to Christchurch with many businesses and industry quick to benefit. As the scheme was constructed, Lake Coleridge Village sprung up to support the flourishing community, its construction workers and their families.

Trustpower has produced a booklet to mark the Coleridge Power Station Centenary, including detail of its construction, the history of the power scheme, as well as providing a snapshot of the lives of those pioneers and their families behind the scheme. It is available to the public for a gold coin donation, with proceeds going to Windwhistle School.

There is a small entry fee to attend the celebrations:
$10 for adults
$5 for children
$20 for a family pass


Suzi Luff

Community Relations Coordinator


(07) 572 8381 or 021 220 8894