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 is again giving away another $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!

We’ve been doing good in our hoods since 2012, and have given away more than $1 million to neighbourhood groups each year. To date, that’s more than $3 million towards neighbourhood groups doing Good in their Hood across New Zealand!

Good in the Hood is the ultimate in keeping it local. Instead of someone in head office deciding who our stations support, Z’s people on the ground choose the groups they’d like to get behind.

When selecting the groups they’d like to support, our site teams look for groups that:

  1. Help people who need it
  2. Are active in the area around the Z station they apply to and have local representation
  3. Have a request for a specific project or to fulfil a specific need

Applications for Good in the Hood 2015 are now closed, and we will be announcing the successful candidates in April.

We are pleased to announce that this year there's even more in store for the successful applicants!

We know the $1 million already makes a big difference for groups helping people who need it, but we’re always looking for ways we can do more. So this year we’ve decided to put up an extra $250,000 to help supercharge 2015 for up to 25 of these groups across New Zealand. 

How does it work?

In February, neighbourhood groups can apply online to be part of Good in the Hood. From these applications, every Z station selects four neighbourhood groups to receive a share of $4,000*. Then, in May, we give each of our Z station customers an orange token with every purchase (excluding tobacco only purchases). This orange token is pretty powerful, because customers can use it to vote on how the $4,000 will be split across the four groups at that Z station.

For the extra $250,000, we will work with our local sites and customers to help determine how the extra $250,000 will be distributed. We will announce more on that at a later date.

To have a chance to share in the extra $250,000, all groups need to have done is apply to be part of Good in the Hood 2015.

What about the rest of the money?

For those of you good with maths, you might be a tad confused about why we’ve, so far, only talked about $4,000 of the $5,000 per Z station. Let’s clear that up for you! The local retailer who operates each Z Station uses this remaining $1,000 to support other neighbourhood groups or initiatives throughout the year – so that we can make the good go a bit further.

  • October 1

    Applications open


  • October 31

    Applications close

  • March 1

    Voting opens!

  • March 31

    Voting closed


The application and voting process


Applications open

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


Successful groups announced

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


Voting open

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


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 April 2015 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 during February 2015 your application will be considered alongside all the other applications.

  • When will the voting period be?

    Voting will run from 1 May – 31 May 2015.

  • 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. We know there’s so many good causes to support in New Zealand, but we want to prioritise the needs of the people in the communities we serve directly.

  • Can local branches of nation-wide organisations apply?

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

  • Why are you offering the extra $250,000 this year?

    Because we know that Good in the Hood makes a big difference for groups helping people who need it and we’re always looking for ways we can do more.

    We reckon the extra $250,000 will supercharge 2015 for groups across New Zealand that are making a big difference for people who need it.

  • How do we apply to share in the extra $250,000?

    All you have to do is get your application in for the neighbourhood voting this month. The groups that will share in the extra $250,000 will be selected from the successful applicants across New Zealand. We’ll be providing more information on that process later - the first step is the local voting.

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