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28/04/2017 - General News

Kiwis set to vote in Good in the Hood

New Zealanders will help address needs in neighbourhoods across the country, when they vote in Z Energy’s Good in the Hood this May.

Good in the Hood is a community funding programme that awards over a million dollars every year to around 800 Kiwi groups doing good for people or the environment in the area around each local Z.

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Every Z service station has chosen four groups to support in 2017 and will share $4000 between them. Locals will determine what percentage of the funding goes to each group by voting with an orange token each time they shop at Z during May.

Z Community Manager, Christine Langdon, said the need that each group is addressing will be labelled on the voting booths, so locals can see the impact the funding will have.

“The needs identified by groups range from mentoring local youth, to keeping at-risk families safe, providing lunches for school kids, and removing pests to help native birds return.”

“The range of needs has highlighted the scope of help needed across New Zealand. Good in the Hood empowers communities to come up with solutions to these needs,” Christine said

This year all groups were required to have a local representative, resulting in more small, grass-roots groups in the programme than ever before.

“Local groups often know best what change or help is most needed in communities so it’s exciting that Good in the Hood is incubating lots of small groups, to help them get off the ground,” Christine said.

On top of the $4000, every Z service station has an additional $1,000 to use for discretionary Good in the Hood neighbourhood support in 2017.

This year environmental groups were eligible to apply for the programme, so Kiwis will be able to vote to support an environmental need at some sites.

To find out more head to our Good in the Hood page.

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For further information please contact Georgina Ball: 04 498 0132 or 021 191 1433

03/04/2017 - General News

Auckland carwashes re-open

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Z Energy service stations in Auckland are re-opening their carwashes today.

All Z service stations across Auckland closed their carwashes to help save water during the region's water crisis in March.

While the carwashes use a large amount of recycled water the company deemed it best to shut them to save as much fresh water as possible.

The decision to re-open the carwashes has been made after local authorities announced on Monday that the water crisis was officially over.

People can find their nearest carwash at z.co.nz/Z2O.

31/03/2017 - General News

Z adds more rapid charging stations

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Z helps the EV revolution by adding more rapid charging stations

Z Energy and ChargeNet NZ are installing three more rapid-charge electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by the end of April to help extend the country’s EV charging network.

The new charging stations, supplied by ChargeNet NZ, will shortly join the other 6 rapid-charge stations Z has already installed for public use in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The locations of the new charging stations in Warkworth, Turangi and Taupo at Z Tauhara, have been selected to help plug gaps in New Zealand’s network of electric highways.

Sustainability Manager, Jonathan Hill, said the charging stations would provide more charging options outside the main centres.

“Z is committed to supporting the adoption of technology and alternative fuels that help the shift away from fossil fuels to more environmentally friendly options.

“Having more charging stations will make an electric vehicle a more appealing option for people, by stopping them worrying they’ll get stuck without power,” Jonathan said.

 A 25 minute charge will “fill up” an entry level electric vehicle like a Leaf and allow customers to travel about 120 kilometres.

 Last year people charging up at Z saved an estimated 20 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of a medium sized petrol car taking more than 130 trips from Auckland to Wellington.

 ChargeNet Chief Executive, Steve West, said Z’s new strategically placed charging stations will help in his mission to make it possible to drive an EV from Auckland to Wellington by the end of next year without any range anxiety.

“At this rate we will soon have charging stations every 40-80kms on the main highway and Z is helping make this possible,” he said.

Installing EV charging stations is just one of Z’s investments in the environment along with building the country’s first commercial scale biodiesel plant and smaller steps including using more LED lighting, switching to compostable coffee cups at Z Espress service stations and adding environmental groups to Good in the Hood this year.

 

 

 

10/03/2017 - General News

From forecourt to tertiary graduates-Z's first scholarship recipients show what's possible

Z Energy’s first ever scholarship recipients are graduating today with bachelor degrees, as Z works to help front-line staff have options for careers beyond the forecourt.

Z Community Manager, Christine Langdon, said the scholarships make a positive difference in communities by supporting the career aspirations of local retail staff.

“More than 3,000 Kiwis are employed at Z service stations across the country, so our commitment to communities needs to start at home by helping frontline staff and their families access higher education.

“The first graduates, Luana Tupou from Whitianga and Nathan Taramai from Christchurch, have shown what’s possible when hard work, determination, and the right support are combined,” Christine said.

Luana Tupou, Bachelor of Applied Management, Otago Polytechnic

Z Whitianga Site Manager, Luana, is the first in her family to attend university so graduating marks a significant milestone for her and her whanau.

“When I found out I’d been selected for the scholarship it was a pretty big shock, I’d been out of school for 20 years.

“I came across a big challenges during my study—first my father passed away, then I was diagnosed with cancer—– but the experience has helped me grow,” Luana said.

Nathan Taramai, Bachelor of Applied Management, Otago Polytechnic 

Nathan’s worked his way from the forecourt to operations manager, overseeing 14 Canterbury Z sites.

“Ten years ago when I was a forecourt concierge I never imagined I’d end up here. My goal now is to help the people I’m managing aim big,” Nathan said.

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For further information or interviews please contact Georgina Ball:

04 498 0132, 021 191 1433

 

08/03/2017 - General News

International Women's Day at Z

Today on International Women’s Day Z is celebrating the women of the company and reflecting upon how much better our firm is by having such talented people working with us.

 

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40% of Z's Executive Team are women

Z has practices in place to ensure our women are treated equally and fairly that include:

•          Coaching for mothers returning from parental leave from other mothers who have been through the same experience.
•          Parental leave at rates higher than legal minimums, topping up the primary carer to their full pay for the first 18 weeks of parental leave, with return to work bonuses to ease the financial one-offs when transitioning back to work and 10 days paid leave for the other parent.
•          Z’s membership of Diversity Works NZ and attending women’s leadership conferences to access further outside in thinking.
•          Flexible working.
•          In our recruitment, using psychometric testing, diverse interview panels, and awareness of unconscious bias to get to better decisions.
 

Avoiding gender bias (one way or the other)

This has been a feature of Z’s executive people processes for many years. For example, before finalising decisions during executive team meetings, Z has a step to ensure there is no systemic bias for or against women.  This relates to decisions around performance rating calibration, Z internal awards, talent management and succession planning, development opportunities and appointment to key roles. 

We’ve already seen these processes are making a difference. Our Chief Executive now has four women as direct reports (40%) up from two in 2013.  Furthermore women are equally represented in the upper tiers of bonus pay-outs – in some years being more than 50% of the population in the top ‘Extraordinary’ category.  At the Board level we have three women directors (42%) whereas it was zero in mid-2013. 

Pay Parity

Every two years Z’s People and Culture team run diagnostics to check there is true pay parity in Z, and where there is not they provide the Chief Executive with explainable factors.  Our succession planning and talent management is the intervention to ensure that there are both women and men applying for jobs at all levels of the business and more women in roles at higher career levels.

More work to do

We know there is more to do at Z so we are close to launching our Diversity and Inclusion Stand and this obviously includes gender diversity.  The implementation plan for the period through to 2020 will include actions specifically targeted at women.  Some of this will be to continue current actions, and some of it will be new actions to close out existing gaps or ones we are now more mindful of.

 

 

 

06/03/2017 - General News

Z seeks to engage Kiwis on carbon and climate change

Z Energy has today launched a conversation with Kiwis around how Z, New Zealand and every Kiwi can make a contribution to addressing climate change and improving environmental sustainability.

 

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Tell us what we can do better

 From today for about six weeks people can head to www.z.co.nz/wecandobetter to have their say on what the country’s largest provider of transport energy could do to make a difference to the local environment, the planet and combatting climate change.

 Z Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, said environmental sustainability is already a priority for Z but it knows what it is doing is not enough.

 “Z believes climate change is the biggest challenge of our time, and we’re committed to moving from being part of the problem to the heart of the solution.

 “We’re working on how we can best contribute to a more sustainable natural environment. We know this is important to most New Zealanders, so it makes sense to ask for help.

 “We don’t think we’ve got all the answers and we think we can come up with better solutions working together with New Zealand than working alone,” Mike said.

 Mike said Z would use the public input to help develop new sustainability targets for Z, as well as to identify actions it could take to achieve those targets.

 “We’ve already taken steps that show we are serious about the carbon problem, like investing $26 million in the country’s first commercial-scale biodiesel plant and rolling out more electric vehicle chargers, but we need to do more.

 “Every Kiwi, now and in the future, should be able to live and work in a clean, healthy and sustainable natural environment. This is a growing challenge for all of us to address, not least Z given the fuels that we sell contribute to climate change.

 “As a company and as a country we need to act fast and that’s why we opening up a dialogue and having a conversation with New Zealand this month.

 To see what steps Z is already taking head to our sustainability page.

 

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For further information please contact Georgina Ball: 04 498 0132, 021 191 1433

22/02/2017 - General News

One week left to apply for Good in the Hood

There’s just one more week for groups doing good for people or the environment in their neighbourhoods to apply for Z Energy’s 2017 Good in the Hood community funding programme.

Applications close at the end of February, after which the more than 200 Z service stations around the country will each choose four local groups that will be eligible for a share of the $4,000 funding each service station will donate.

Since 2012, Good in the Hood has given more than $4 million to help neighbourhoods thrive, says Z’s Community Manager, Christine Langdon.

“As a Kiwi company, we see it as part of our role to help groups address needs in the communities we operate in – groups that are making a real difference.

“In 2017 more than 800 community groups will benefit from the $1 million given away through Good in the Hood.

“For the first time ever this year applications are open to groups doing good to preserve and protect their local environments, which benefits the future of the neighbourhoods we operate in and the planet we live on,” Christine said.

Locals will determine what percentage of the funding at each Z service station goes to each group by voting with an orange token every time they shop at Z during May.

On top of the $4,000 Good in the Hood funding, each Z station has an additional $1,000 to use for supporting their neighbourhoods during the year.

Groups wanting to take part in Good in the Hood at their local Z can apply online at www.z.co.nz/goodinthehood, before midnight 28 February 2017.

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For further information please contact Georgina Ball: 04 498 0132

 

31/01/2017 - General News

Good in the Hood extends funding to environmental groups

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A good community can’t exist without a good environment so Z Energy is extending its Good in the Hood programme to fund groups working hard to keep our neighbourhoods clean, green and beautiful.

Every year during Good in the Hood, all of the more than 200 Z stations around New Zealand donate $5,000 to neighbourhood groups which help people, and now the environment, in the local area.

Since 2012 more than $4 million has gone to community groups and projects doing amazing work to make neighbourhoods thrive and this year a piece of that funding will, for the first time, go to those protecting and preserving the natural environment.

Z Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, said Z was currently reviewing how it could best contribute to a more sustainable natural environment and it made sense to extend Good in the Hood to environmental groups in 2017.

“Every New Zealander, now and in the future, should be able to live and work in a clean, healthy and sustainable natural environment. This is a growing challenge for all of us to address, not least Z given the fuels that we sell contribute to climate change.”

Applications open tomorrow and to ensure the needs of local people and the environment are addressed, Z’s team on the ground at each station will choose the four groups they’d like to get behind during Good in the Hood.

“Now we need groups that are helping the environment to take part in the application phase this February and tell us what good they could do to keep their hoods green with a little helping hand.

“Z is a Kiwi company committed to giving back to the neighbourhoods we operate in and giving back to the local environment is a part of this commitment,” Mike said.

Locals will determine what percentage of the funding goes to each group by voting with an orange token every time they shop at Z during the month of May.

Environment groups and others can make their best pitch to their local Z stations online at z.co.nz/goodinthehood, with applications open from 1-28 February 2017.

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For further information please contact Georgina Ball: 04 498 0132, 021 191 1433

09/01/2017 - Sustainability news

Z 'warrior' recycles more than 95% of waste

For the fourth year running, Z’s annual Waste Warriors competition has come to a nail-biting conclusion.

The nationwide competition, designed to help Z service station teams reduce the amount of waste they produce through recycling and composting, has been running since 2013.

This year, the competition took into account not only what percentage of each site’s waste was recycled but also how much landfill waste was produced for every item sold, with Lois Dunwoodie, a site staff member from Z’s Brougham St service station in Christchurch, announced as the overall winner.

Lois’ overall recycling rate was an impressively high 97% over the three months, with 6.5kg of waste for every 1,000 items sold.

Z’s Sustainability Advisor, Judy Ryan, said the competition has gone from strength to strength over the last four years.

“This year, more than a third of our Z service stations across the country took part in the competition, collectively recycling more than 270 tonnes of waste over the three-month long competition.

“Using less and wasting less is just one of our areas of focus in the sustainability space, and it’s been great to see our retailers and site teams really getting into action where it matters most.”

Waste Warriors winner, Lois, said her top tip for success really came down to getting her team mates on board.

“That, and they know that I like to keep them on their toes by checking the rubbish bins each morning to make sure they’re recycling anything and everything they can.”

Securing a close second place in this year’s competition was Kulbinder Singh from Z Grove Rd in Blenheim, who managed an overall recycling rate of 89% with a mere 4.2kg of waste for every 1,000 items sold. 

Rounding out the top five were Steve Campbell (Z Woolston), Annu Patel (Z Northcote) and Kieran Abelen (Z Redwood). Their recycling rates varied from 79% upwards, with all three producing less than 13kg of waste for every 1,000 items sold.

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For more information on Z’s commitment to a sustainable future, check out http://z.co.nz/about-z/sustainability/

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