What’s Good in the Hood?

As a Kiwi company, our customers expect us to give back to local neighbourhoods, to support the things that matter locally and to make a positive contribution right across New Zealand.

So this year, every Z station gave away $5,000 to neighbourhood groups which help people who need it. That’s more than $1 million across the country to do Good in the Hood!

Good in the Hood is the ultimate in keeping it local. So instead of someone in head office deciding who to support, Z’s people on the ground choose the groups for their station to get behind.

How does it work?

Every year, thousands of neighbourhood groups can apply to be part of Good in the Hood. From these applications, every Z station select four neighbourhood groups to receive a share of $4,000*.

To be successful, groups have to help people who need it. They also have to be active in the area around the Z station they apply to. Finally, the request has to be for a specific project or to fulfil a specific need.

Then, in March of each year, we give each of our Z station customers an orange token. This orange token is pretty powerful because customers can use it to vote for the group they want us to support.

We’re currently reviewing the timings of each of the above steps for the next round of Good in the Hood, so please keep an eye out! 

If you would like to be kept in the loop as to when applications open for Good in the Hood 2015, then please register your email address in the blue box at the top of this page.

*What about the rest of the money?

For those of you good with maths, you’ll have spotted that there’s an extra $1,000 per Z station to be given away. The local retailers who operate each Z Station will use this to support other causes throughout the year – so that we can make the good go a bit further.

There’s plenty more good to be done in the hood

We’re committed to Good in the Hood and we’ll be running it again next year. If you want us to let you know when applications open, sign up for us to send you an email reminder.


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The application and voting process

  1. 1.
    Applications open

    During February 2015, neighbourhood groups or projects can apply to be part of Good in the Hood.

  2. 2.
    Successful groups announced

    During March 2015, the successful groups and projects will be contacted and announced here.

  3. 3.
    Voting open

    During May 2015, Z customers will be given an orange token to vote for one of the four groups at each station.

  4. 4.
    Show me the money!

    $4,000 per station will be divided amongst the four successful groups, according to the number of customer votes they receive.

Frequently asked questions

  • How will I know if you've got my application?

    When you submitted your application, we sent you a confirmation email back – this means that it's in our database.

  • Who decides which group or project is successful?

    All of the applications were sent to our local retailers to review and decide with their staff which groups they feel are best suited to their local neighbourhood. Rather than someone in head office deciding, we reckon it's much better that the people who really know the neighbourhood choose which groups or projects are successful.

  • How will I know if my application is successful or not?

    In February 2014 or sooner, we’ll get in touch with you to let you know whether your application has been successful or not.

  • My group/project was part of it last year - can we apply again?

    Of course you can – if you completed an application between during October 2013  your application will be considered alongside all the other applications.

  • When will the voting period be?

    Voting will run from 1 March – 31 March 2014.

  • How much money can I get?

    If you're successful, your group or project will be able to get a share of $4,000 from the Z service station that you applied to. The money will be divided up based on the number of votes each group receives during the voting period.

  • My group/project doesn't qualify - why?

    When we became Z, we asked New Zealanders to tell us what they wanted us to support. Overwhelmingly, the response was that our customers wanted us to give back to local neighbourhoods and to help people who need it. That's how we came to the criteria for Good in the Hood.

  • Who isn’t eligible?

    Because of our focus on local neighbourhoods and helping people, some groups and projects won’t be eligible. We’ve listed some examples of these below (sorry, we have to draw the line somewhere):

    • groups or projects which don’t actively help people who need it
    • nationwide organisations that don’t have a branch in the neighbourhood around the station they’re applying for funding from
    • applications for the promotion or benefit of one individual
    • commercial ventures
    • completed or retrospective projects
    • local or central government activities or projects
    • festivals, shows or events.
  • What if there’s no Z service station in the neighbourhood my group or project is active in?

    We’ll only support groups that are active in areas directly around Z service stations sorry.

  • Can local branches of nation-wide organisations apply?

    Yes, as long as they’re active in an area directly around a Z service station.

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