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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/

14/12/2016 - General News

Gisborne Power Cut Update

GISBORNE POWER CUT UPDATE 14 DECEMBER

Power is now restored to all Gisborne Z sites, including the Truckstop and Airstops.

 

GISBORNE POWER CUT UPDATE 13 DECEMBER 1145

The Z service station on Gladstone Road and the Z Truckstop on the corner of Parkinson and Solander Streets are open to the public and running on generators.

The two Z Airstops in the region will remain closed until power companies restore power to the region.

 

GISBORNE POWER CUT UPDATE 12 DECEMBER 1630

Gisborne's Z service station and truck stops are closed due to the power cut across the region today after a plane hit a high voltage power line.

Firstly our thoughts are with the families and friends of the two people who died when this happened.

A generator is being sent to the Z Gisborne service station on Gladstone Road and we expect to restore power to the site by about 2200 tonight.

The Z Truckstop on the corner of Parkinson and Solander Streets is expected to be re-open around the same time, once a generator arrives and is set up.

The two Z Airstops in the region will remain closed until power companies are able to restore power to the region, which they are currently saying could happen on Tuesday afternoon. 

 

 

 

 

 

13/12/2016 - General News

Z’s hives help employment, bees and local kids

The effort to save the humble honey bee is getting a boost in Wellington, with 35 new beehives being delivered around the region this month – ten of which have been funded by Z Energy.

Operated by Lower Hutt community-based urban farm project Common Unity and its Beeple Honey Collective, the hives are rented out to businesses and individuals, creating employment, supporting the lives of urban bees, and feeding hungry kids in the community in the process. 

With the help of Common Unity, the ten purpose-built beehives funded by Z have been housed at Taita College, Central Wellington community garden Innermost, and on land in Stokes Valley for two local primary schools to access.

Z’s Community Champion, Haley Small, said supporting the hives is part of Z’s commitment to community and sustainability.

“Our communities are important to us, our people live and work there, our customers live and work there and we’re always looking for ways to make a real difference.

“Common Unity’s work to grow food, skills and leadership in the local community really fits with our values, both in terms of how we support our local communities and the environment,” Haley said.

“We reckon the Beeple Honey Collective is pretty amazing because not only is it creating employment and providing a valuable food source to local families, it’s also supporting our at-risk urban bees, which are central to our food supply, and our planet.”

The task of managing and maintaining the hives belongs to four Lower Hutt fathers who have trained to become beekeepers, or Bee Daddies as they’ve fondly been named.

Each hive will produce at least 10kg of honey each year, which will both feed local children and families through in-school breakfast programmes and be given to community groups connected to Z’s hives.

Common Unity’s founder, Julia Milne, said Z’s support for the Beeple Honey Collective project had helped extend the reach of the work Common Unity does in the community. 

“Our mission with the hives is to strengthen communities by the action of preserving our bees.

“Without the support of companies like Z, and the many other organisations who generously get behind us, we simply wouldn’t be able to achieve the things we do – both in our local community and beyond,” Julia said.   

For more information on Common Unity and the Beeple Honey Collective project, including information on how you can help support and spread the initiative, please visit http://www.commonunityproject.org.nz/beeple-honey-collective/

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For further information, please contact Z Communications Advisor, Georgina Ball, on 04 498 0132 or 021 191 1433.

 

12/12/2016 - General News

Defibrillators now in hundreds of Kiwi communities, thanks to Z

More than 200 Kiwi communities now have free access to defibrillators following the completion of Z Energy’s initiative to install the devices at each of its service stations across the country.

The fully portable machines, purchased by Z earlier in the year as part of the company’s partnership with St John, were installed at each of Z’s retail sites in November and are now available for any member of the community to use.

Z’s Community Manager, Christine Langdon, said completing the roll-out was an important milestone in ensuring communities had easy access to the life-saving technology.

“Now that this work is complete and the devices are available at all of our service stations, we just want to make sure people know exactly where to go in an emergency to get access to a defibrillator,” Christine said.

Kiwis can easy locate their nearest defibrillator using the AED Locations website, http://aedlocations.co.nz/. The nearest Z service station, including opening hours, can be located using the Z website, http://z.co.nz/.

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Media contact: Georgina Ball – 04 498 0132 or 021 191 1433

 

25/11/2016 - General News

Earthquake Update - 25 November

Our Z service stations are open & trading as usual after the earthquakes, the Z Truck Stop at Kaikoura is now open.

Our thoughts are with the people in Kaikoura and those working on the relief efforts. 

The organisations managing the emergency response have recommended that cash donations are best to help the recovery efforts in Kaikoura - that way the people on the ground can buy exactly what our community in Kaikoura need most.  

NZ Red Cross have launched a special appeal for the Kaikoura quakes and you can donate online.

07/11/2016 - General News

Z brings more than 200 defibrillators to Kiwi Communities

 

More neighbourhoods across the country now have free access to defibrillators in their back yards, with Z Energy installing them at all its more than 200 retail sites.

Z, in partnership with St John, is rolling out the life-saving devices this week. They’ll be available to anyone in the community to use, whenever the Z site is open. At about 70 percent of sites they’ll be available 24/7 and can be taken off-site if needed.

Z Community Manager, Christine Langdon, said defibrillators could save the life of someone in cardiac arrest and there was a big need for communities to have easy access to one, whenever they needed it.

“Our communities are important to us, our people live and work there, our customers live and work there and we wanted to do something that would make a real difference.

"Now people will know exactly where to go in an emergency to get access to a defibrillator, no matter what time of the day or night it is,” Christine said.

Z’s network of sites up and down the country makes it perfectly placed to deliver more defibrillators into communities, especially after business hours.

“Auckland alone will now have 65 more defibrillators for the public to access. But this move is especially critical to smaller communities, like the West Coast of the South Island, which have been crying out for defibrillators,” Christine said.

The defibrillators talk users through the process, making them accessible to all.

St John Medical Director, Dr Tony Smith, says tor every minute without CPR or defibrillation, a patient’s chance of survival falls by 10-15 percent. AEDs shock the heart back into rhythm and are essential in the chain of survival for somebody suffering cardiac arrest.

“New Zealand’s low rate of public access to defibrillators remains an issue so AEDs at Z stations in New Zealand communities is an excellent step forward,” said Tony. 

Kiwis can find their nearest defibrillator and opening hours on the AED locator website and the nearest Z and its opening hours on the company’s website. The defibrillators will be on all sites by 9 November.

For further information please contact Z Communications Advisor, Georgina Ball:

+64 498 0132, +64 21 191 1433

 

FACTS:
  • Applying CPR and rapid defibrillation can increase a patient’s chances of survival by up to 40 percent
  • 38 people are treated for cardiac arrest by St John each week in New Zealand
  • While 64 percent of patients had bystander CPR performed, only 4 percent of patients were defibrillated using a public access defibrillator
  • AEDs shock the heart back into rhythm and are essential in the chain of survival for somebody suffering cardiac arrest

 

Source: St John, Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) report December 2015and St John medics

 

  • There are 1-2 cardiac arrests on Z sites each year, or people driving on site while having a cardiac arrest to get help
  • About 60 million people come across Z sites each year
  • In the past 10 years 2-3 customers have died on Z sites while in cardiac arrest

 

Source: Z Energy

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St John paramedic and Z site staff member with defibrillator at Z Highbrook

 

 

03/10/2016 - General News

Divestment FAQs

In June 2016, Z acquired Chevron New Zealand’s transport fuels and lubricants businesses and its supply of fuel to Caltex branded stations. Z obtained clearance from the Commerce Commission to acquire Chevron New Zealand subject to an undertaking to divest 19 service stations and one truck stop in specified geographical areas. These sites will move across to another brand and continue to supply fuel to their local community.

We appreciate that this activity may raise questions for some people, and we have tried to cover these off below. We will continue to update this page as we progress through the process.

 

Confirmed divestment stations

 

Station to be divested When will it close? New Local Z?
Z Darfield Friday 26th Aug - 8pm

Z Hornby

Z Templeton

Z Milton Sunday 30 Oct - 1pm

Z Balclutha

Z Balclutha Truck Stop

Z Kaiapoi Sunday 6 Nov - 12pm

Z Belfast

Z Twizel Sunday 13 Nov - 12pm

No near alternative

Z Paihia Sunday 13 Nov - 10am Z Kaikohe
Z Yaldhurst Sunday 13 Nov - 12pm

Z Hornby

Z Templeton

Z Epsom Sunday 20 Nov - 4pm

Z Greenlane

Z Rangioria Sunday 20 Nov - 12pm

Z Waikuku

Z Sawyers Arms Truck Stop

Z Te Aroha Sunday 27 Nov - 7 30pm

Z Morrinsville

Z Riccarton Sunday 27 Nov - 12pm

Z Moorhouse

Z Carlton Corner

Z Opotiki Sunday 4 Dec - 12pm No near alternative
Z Kawerau Truck Stop Sunday 4 Dec - 5pm

Z Awakeri Truck Stop

 

Frequently asked questions

 

Why are sites being divested?

In June 2016, Z acquired Chevron New Zealand’s (which marketed the Caltex brand) transport fuels and lubricants businesses and its supply of fuel to its stations. As part of this acquisition, Z obtained clearance from the Commerce Commission subject to an undertaking to divest 19 service stations and one truck stop in specified geographical areas.

How were the 19 regions chosen?

The 19 regions were selected by the Commerce Commission, and are areas across the country where the Commission believes competition could be lessened as a result of Z’s purchase of the Caltex network. For the most part, this is in areas where, without divestment, the only available options for customers would be either a Z or a Caltex supplied service station.

When will the sites close?

Don’t worry – no site will actually be closing permanently. You can view all currently confirmed divestment stations and their closure information here. While we’ll be sad to go, the great news is that a service station operating under a different brand will open its place. There will be a little downtime between us closing and the new site opening, but we don’t expect that to be any longer than 7 working days. You can find 

Why will they be shut for so long?

We appreciate that it may be a little frustrating having this station closed – rest assured, we’ll be working together with the new retailers to have it up and running again no more than 7 working days after it closes. This time will allow our contractors to complete the de-branding work safely and to make sure the site is spick and span and ready for the new team to take over.

Will the site be shut during the change?

Will it be business as usual (eg. fully operational) until it closes?
We’re committed to completing this divestment process with as little disruption to our customers as possible. Our aim is to continue to operate as normal, providing our top quality fuels, products, services and loyalty offers right up until the site closes.

How are you deciding whether to divest the Z or the Caltex in each of the 19 locations?

There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration when selecting which site in each geographic location to change across to a new brand – these include things like site age and locations, fuel volumes, and the potential impact on customers, retailers /dealers, and site staff. This was not an easy decision, and one very much subject to negotiations with prospective purchasers.

Will there still be a petrol station in that location or will it become something else?

For each location the divested site will become a different brand of service station, which will open shortly after the Z brand is removed. Together with the new retailers, our focus is on ensuring the site is up and running again within 7 working days, though it may take a little longer to get the shop and the overall site looking and feeling just how the new brand wants it to.

I visited a Z site on your divestment station list today and no one told me that it is closing. Why are you trying to hide it?

At Z, one of our values is being straight up, and we’re definitely committed to being up front with our customers and other stakeholders. We’ve got signage and information brochures on display at each of the sites we’re divesting, and we’ve also created this page of FAQs. If there’s anything additional you’d like to know, feel free to get in touch with a member of the team on feedback@z.co.nz
What’s happening to my favourite Z team? One of our top priorities throughout this process is on ensuring there’s as little disruption to people as possible, and that includes our awesome Z station teams. Given our Retailers work in clusters, almost all of our site staff have been able to secure positions at other Z stations nearby.

Are you going to open another Z station nearby?

We haven’t made any decisions yet regarding new Z service stations in the future. Our focus is very much on ensuring we complete this divestment process safely, and with as little disruption to our customers, and to our site teams, as possible.

I have a Z gift card. Where can I redeem it now?

Not to worry! You’ll be pleased to know that all Z gift cards can still be redeemed at any other participating Z service station across the country. Check the table above to find out where your new local Z is.

What happens to the local GITH groups?

At Z, we stand for making a positive difference where we live and operate in New Zealand. We remain committed to our local communities and, for next year’s Good in the Hood, groups will be more than welcome to apply at their nearest Z service station. For some of our more rural communities, we’re aware that we’ll be leaving the local area and that means some of the valued relationships we’ve worked really hard to establish will be coming to an end. We’ve been in contact with all of our Good in the Hood groups to let them know what’s happening, and we’re committed to keeping them updated going forward, too.

 

You can view all currently confirmed divestment stations here.

 

 

21/09/2016 - General News

Z Energy helps dreams of study come true

 

Z Energy has made the dream of studying a reality for seven inspiring New Zealanders who have been awarded the company’s annual scholarships.

Z is committed to making a difference in New Zealand communities, so this year it’s extended its scholarship programme, awarding four kinds of scholarships to retail staff and their families.

The successful scholarship recipients have just been revealed and are now on their way to gaining a qualification, with a helping hand from Z, which is covering course fees and providing ongoing learning support including mentoring.

Z Community Champion, Haley Small, said the scholarships are supporting the aspirations of some of Z’s most capable retail site staff.

“We know that there are many skilled people in New Zealand communities who, for whatever reason, haven’t been able to achieve their dream of studying.

“Congratulations to each of the very deserving recipients, who shone for their passion and aspiration. We look forward to seeing them achieve their full potential,” Haley said.

Haley said even the opportunity to apply for the scholarships has inspired other site staff and their families to think about how they can achieve their dreams too.

“One applicant told me the opportunity has motivated her to re-consider her career pathway and what she wants from life, regardless of being successful or not, and that’s exactly the kind of aspirational thinking Z wants to inspire,” Haley said.

Haley said the scholars come from all walks of life, reflecting the diversity among Z retail staff working in our communities.

“The recipients range from a Timaru-based former military man, who reminds us you can change career at any age, to a Year-13 Levin student, who will be first in her family to go to university, just to name a couple of the inspiring stories,” Haley said.

The scholarship options were chosen to reflect Z’s commitment to aspirations, health and safety excellence and great service. They’re just one way that Z is for New Zealand.

 

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

 

 

The Scholarships Awarded are:

 

  • Bachelor of Applied Management Scholarship x 4 (Find more info on this scholarship here)
  • Health and Safety Pathway Scholarship x1
  • Massey Retail Degree Scholarship x1 (Find more info on this scholarship here)
  • First Foundation Scholarship x1 (Find more info on this scholarship here)

 

 

Bachelor of Applied Management scholarship

Awarded to four site staff:

 

Serena Johnston, Site Leader, Z Palm Beach Papamoa

Serena has worked for Z for more than 13 years and loves her job, but hopes gaining a qualification will be a turning point that takes her leadership skills and career to the next level.

She has already shown her leadership abilities, as a trainer in the “It’s Not OK” anti-domestic violence campaign and by leading other site staff at Z. Serena says doing a leadership course with Z last year motivated her to apply for the scholarship.

 “Since I did my leadership course I have learned to reach outside my limits, the impossible out there and celebrate success,” Serena said.

Serena loves doing anything outdoors and when not at work can be found camping, fishing or hanging out at the beach with her two young sons.

 

Thomas Ware, Site Leader, Z Washdyke, Timaru

Timaru appears to be the home to outstanding leaders, boasting a Z scholarship recipient two years in a row. Thomas Ware is this year’s Timaru-based winner.

Thomas says he applied for the scholarship to inspire his children, who he wants to follow in his footsteps and go to university. “I want my children to aim for their dreams,” he said.

Thomas has worked at Z for almost six years following a military career. He aims to make Z Washdyke the best Z site for customer service in New Zealand.

 

Amber Ledingham, Site Leader, Z Hornby, Canterbury

Amber has a dream of one day owning her own interior design business, and in the meantime is carving out a career at Z.

Stepping up to take on new challenges is nothing new to Amber, who recently became a training facilitator at Z while also busy completing her Diploma in Design.

“I like to have new learning opportunities and it’s important to me to learn and expand my knowledge,” Amber said.

Amber also has aspirations of getting financially stable so she can travel the world and eventually buy or build her own home.

  

Abbin Peter, Site Leader, Carlton Corner Christchurch

Abbin Peter moved to New Zealand five years ago and now has aspirations of becoming an Operations Manager at Z.

During four years at Z Shirley and Z Carlton Corner, Abbin Peter has shown leadership promise by lifting the performance of the team.

His experience moving to a new country makes him well placed to help other immigrants settle in to life here.

 “I found it really hard in the initial days to adjust to the new conditions of being independent, but I never gave up and worked hard against all odds.

“The result is I am now a site leader at Z with team mates from different cultures and I am constantly helping them with understanding their goals and aspirations,” Abbin Peter said.

He hopes the scholarship will help on his career path and towards achieving his goal of owning a home in New Zealand.

 

 

First Foundation Scholarship  

Awarded to Emma Beale, Z Levin and Horowhenua College, Levin

Emma Beale will be the first person in her family to attend university. Emma is currently finishing high school in Levin but has aspirations that would see her travel the World.

As a Year 12 and 13 student Emma has been actively involved in the local community, being a buddy for new Japanese students, talking part in the Heart Foundation collection appeal and being a member of rock climbing and hockey teams.

She’s done all this while holding down a part-time job at Z Levin working Saturdays and Sundays, and gaining excellence endorsement in her studies.

The scholarship will provide Emma with a mentor to help her each step of the way and enable her to focus on her studies by removing some of the financial worry.

 

 

Bachelor of Massey Retail Degree Scholarship

Awarded to Marina Nun Yan Tuileva, Z Point Chevalier, Auckland

Receiving a Z scholarship will enable Samoan-born mother of two, Marina Tuileva, to achieve her dream of gaining a tertiary qualification.

Marina has wanted to study management for some time but says until now, while raising a young family, it has not been possible because of the financial burden it would have put on her.

But receiving the first Massey Retail and Business Degree Scholarship from Z is paving the way for Marina to achieve her goals.

“My dream finally came true and I won’t give up on it,” she said.

Marina says her goal is to be a retail manager and a good leader. She also wants to provide a better future for her children and be a role model to them.

Outside of work Marina devotes her time to looking after her family, helping her children with homework, starring on the netball court and church activities.

 

 

Health and Safety Pathway Scholarship

Awarded to Matau Stewart, Jefkar cluster, Christchurch

Matau Stewart says he aspires to a career in health and safety because it makes sure staff go home safely every day. 

During his 16 years working at Z, Matau says he has seen first-hand just how important health and safety is.

“I am still buzzing that I have been granted the opportunity to have such a scholarship.

“I live and breathe Health and Safety and it’s through that I want to gain more knowledge and ultimately have some form of qualification to back my passion,” Matau said.

Matau hopes the qualification will help him get his foot through the door in a leadership role in the health and safety field and eventually be a business owner.

01/09/2016 - General News

Z customers continue to have choice to earn Airpoints or Fly Buys

Customers fuelling up at Z continue to have the choice of two of the country’s most popular loyalty programmes, Air New Zealand Airpoints and Fly Buys.

Air New Zealand and Loyalty New Zealand today announced the airline and Fly Buys would be parting ways with Airpoints no longer being earned through Fly Buys from October 17.

Z’s General Manager of Marketing, Jane Anthony, said customers will be able to choose whether they’d like to collect Fly Buys points or Airpoints Dollars, by swiping the appropriate card.

“Providing choice for customers is at the heart of our loyalty offer and I reckon that by continuing to offer both Airpoints Dollars through Airpoints cards and Fly Buys rewards customers have the best of both worlds when they head to Z,” she said.

Business customers will also still be able to choose to earn Fly Buys or Airpoints Dollars when they use their Z Card.

“We look forward to customers choosing the rewards scheme that best suits their lifestyle and tastes when they visit Z,” Jane said.

For further information please contact Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212, 021440090

Sustainability

22/08/2016 - General News

Z fuels expedition to protect a very special part of New Zealand’s history

Z is proud to be fuelling an epic voyage to protect a very special part of New Zealand’s history.

The Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Expedition South will drive three tractors from Piha to Mt Cook – the distance Sir Ed drove from Scott Base to the South Pole nearly 60 years ago during his famed ‘Dash to the Pole’.

Two of these tractors are the same Ferguson TE-20 model tractors that Sir Ed and his team had, the other a new Massey Ferguson MF5600 called “Antarctica 2”.

The trip is raising funds to conserve Sir Edmund Hillary’s original hut in Scott Base (Hut A), which his team built before their trip to the South Pole. It also aims to help re-connect Kiwis with the story of Hillary, Antarctica and the spirit of exploration.

Z Energy is helping to fuel the expedition by providing the diesel for Antarctica 2’s 2,012 km journey as well as contributing funds to support the preservation of Hut A.

Z’s Sustainability Manager, Emily Watt, said that when the Kiwi company heard of the planned trip, it had leapt at the chance to be involved.

“Antarctica is a very special place worth preserving, and for Kiwis, Sir Ed’s original hut at Scott Base is particularly important.

Executive Director or the Antarctic Heritage Trust, Nigel Watson, said that the Trust were excited to have Z come on board to fuel the journey.

“We’re very happy to have Z fuelling this journey and helping to raise awareness of this precious part of New Zealand’s Antarctic heritage.

“Z is a New Zealand company with a compelling story that shows how successful Kiwis can be in business dominated by global giants. They stand out – just like Sir Ed did.

“We’re delighted to have them on-board,” said Nigel.  

Emily said that the project was particularly important to Z because Antarctica is so vulnerable to climate change.

“It’s somewhat of a barometer for the health of the rest of the planet, so it’s especially important that New Zealand is able to continue our research work at Scott Base,” said Emily.

Emily said Z was committed to helping New Zealand play its part in mitigating the effects of climate change, through both running Z’s business as sustainably as it can, as well as providing Kiwis with ways to reduce their own emissions.

“In just a few months, the Massey Ferguson tractor, as well as trucks, cars and other diesel vehicles throughout the upper North Island will have the option of reducing their carbon footprint by fuelling up with Z’s new lower carbon diesel – Z Bio D – a locally manufactured, sustainable biodiesel blend made from local, sustainable feedstock.

“Our development of Z Bio D and our support of this epic voyage are all part of Z’s commitment to helping ensure places like Hut A and Scott Base in Antarctica are around for future generations to appreciate.

“If you see these tractors filling up at Z, we’d encourage you to consider giving a fiver (yes the one with Sir Ed on it!) or any other amount you’re comfortable with to save a slice of our history,” said Emily.  

More information on Expedition South can be found here: www.expeditionsouth.nz

 

 

12/08/2016 - General News

Z Darfield Closing - 26th August

On 2 June 2015 we announced our intention to purchase the Chevron New Zealand business which markets the Caltex brand of service stations.

On 29 April 2016, the Commerce Commission approved the deal, with Z agreeing to divest 19 retail service stations in areas around the country where there were concerns regarding a potential lessening of competition. In each of the 19 areas, Z needs to make a choice as to which of mixture of brands supplied by the wider Z Energy business will be divested, and our aim is to complete these by the end of year. These sites will move across to another brand and continue to supply fuel to their local community.

This process is not an easy one and we continue to work closely with all those involved and potentially impacted through this process. We appreciate that this activity may raise questions for people, and we have tried to cover these off below. We will continue to update this page as we progress through the process.

 

Z Darfield divestment frequently asked questions

Why is Z Darfield closing?

In June 2016, as part of its acquisition of Chevron New Zealand, Z undertook to divest 19 retail service stations in order to satisfy the Commerce Commission’s concerns about a potential lessening of competition in some geographic areas.

Z Darfield is being divested as part of that undertaking but don’t worry, the site won’t actually be closing permanently – a service station operating under a different brand will be coming in its place. There is some work that needs to be done at the Z Darfield site first, including the replacement of the tanks which are nearly at the end of their safe working life.

We expect the new service station to be up and running in a couple of months.

When will it close?

Don’t worry – Z Darfield isn’t closing permanently! From 8 pm on the 26 August, the site will no longer be operating under the Z brand and, while we’ll be sad to go, the great news is that a service station operating under a different brand will be coming in its place. There will be some downtime between us closing and the new site opening though – and we expect that to be a couple of months.

Why will it be shut for so long?

We appreciate that it may be a little frustrating having this service station closed for such a long time – rest assured, our focus is on working together with the new retailers to make sure the site is fully safe, operational and pumping fuel as quickly as possible. In the meantime, the nearest Z stations are Z Yaldhurst, Main West Coast Road, Christchurch, Z Hornby, cnr Carmen Road and Waterloo Road, Hornby, Christchurch and and Z Templeton, 720 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch.

Will it be business as usual (e.g. fully operational) until August 26th?  

We’re committed to completing the process at Z Darfield with as little disruption to our customers as possible. That means our aim is to continue to operate as normal, providing our top quality fuels, products, services and loyalty offers right up until 26 August.

There will be a little downtime between us closing and the new site opening, though, and we expect that to be a couple of months – this time will allow contractors to complete the re-tanking work required and the de-branding work safely to make sure the site is spick and span and ready for the new team to take over.

Are you going to open another Z station nearby?

We haven’t made any decisions yet regarding new Z service stations in the area in the future. Our focus is very much on ensuring we complete this process safely, and with as little disruption to our Z Darfield customers, and site team, as possible.

Where can I go for Z fuel now?

The nearest Z stations are Z Yaldhurst, Main West Coast Road, Christchurch, Z Hornby, cnr Carmen Road and Waterloo Road, Hornby, Christchurch and Z Templeton, 720 Main South Road, Templeton, Christchurch.

Where can I go to purchase fuel with my Z Card now?

You’re still able to purchase fuel using your Z Card by visiting any Z service station. The nearest Z stations are Z YaldhurstZ Hornby and Z Templeton.

What’s happening to my favourite team at Z Darfield?

One of our top priorities throughout this process is on ensuring there’s as little disruption to people as possible, and that includes our awesome Z station teams. Fortunately, given our Retailers work in clusters, the awesome team of site staff at Z Darfield have all been able to secure new roles at Z Yaldhurst, and the team at Z Yaldhurst look forward to seeing you soon.

I have a Z gift card. Where can I redeem it now?

Not to worry! You’ll be pleased to know that all Z gift cards can still be redeemed at any other participating Z service station across the country. The nearest Z stations are Z YaldhurstZ Hornby and Z Templeton

What happens to the local GITH groups?

At Z, we stand for making a positive difference where we live and operate in New Zealand. We remain committed to our local communities and, for next year’s Good in the Hood, groups who had previously applied for support from Z Darfield will be more than welcome to apply at their nearest Z service stations, including Z YaldhurstZ Hornby and Z Templeton.

 

 

 

09/08/2016 - Sustainability news

Remembering Rudolf Diesel: inventor of the diesel engine; biofuels enthusiast

The first diesel engine was created to run on peanut oil, invented by Rudolf Diesel - a man who was worried about the dangers of air pollution and wanted to increase fuel efficiency and shake up the energy industry.

Diesel knew that low oil prices at the time meant biofuels were unlikely to take off in his lifetime, but hoped that within the century they might change the way people used energy.

His engine would prove to be so revolutionary that when he disappeared at sea, some people suspected he’d been assassinated by the Nazis trying to keep his technology secret from the British. Others claimed he was murdered by French spies trying to keep the secret from the Germans.

As a young engineer, Diesel became fascinated by the idea of building a more fuel efficient engine than the internal combustion engines of the time. An early attempt with an ammonia-powered steam engine had exploded during tests, nearly killing him and leaving him with on-going health and eyesight problems.

But he stuck with it and created his pressure-ignited heat engine, adapting the internal combustion engine by using pressure so a spark is no longer needed to ignite the fuel-air mixture. His first diesel engine was fired up on 10 August 1893, fuelled by peanut oil.

Diesel knew renewable fuels would struggle in the petroleum-dominated market, and the engine was modified to run on mineral oil. As the engine grew in popularity, oil companies started making a fuel called ‘diesel’ to run the engine he designed and Diesel’s remarkable engine has been mostly powered on this until the present day. Diesel accepted that reality, but said: "The use of vegetable oils for engine fuel may seem insignificant today. But such oils may become in course of time as important as petroleum and the coal tar products of the present time."

On 29 September 1913, Diesel disappeared while crossing the English Channel. His coat and hat were folded neatly on deck, a cross marked in his diary for the day of his death. His decomposed body was found in the North Sea 10 days later. Although many of his biographers believe it was suicide, conspiracy theories remain that his engine had led to his murder.

But 100 years on, Rudolf Diesel’s dreams for his engine may at last be coming true. With a growing awareness of the harmful effects of fossil fuels on our planet, there’s a strong desire to develop more sustainable fuels to power our existing fleets. With biodiesel, we’re simply delivering Diesel’s solution 126 years later.

10 August is International Biofuels Day, in remembrance of the day Rudolf Diesel fired up his first diesel engine and changed the world.

Find out more about Z’s solution at www.z.co.nz/biod

05/08/2016 - Sustainability news

Taking action on takeaway cups

The challenge of how to responsibly dispose of single-use coffee cups is something Z has grappled with for a long time, so we’re very pleased to be on the brink of rolling out compostable cups.

We sell over 4.5 million Z Espress takeaway coffees a year, and we knew those cups were all destined for the country’s landfills unless we did something about it.

We encourage our customers to bring a re-usable cup when they can, and we’ve settled on a compostable solution for takeaways, because there’s no nation-wide cup recycling available.

It’s taken quite a bit of trial and error, and we’ve acquired certification from AIB-Vincotte International to ensure we’ve done it right.

The compostable cups will be available at participating Z Espress stations by September and, importantly, we will be collecting them back to ensure both the cups and lids can be effectively composted.

We will have cup collection points at many of our Z Espress stations, but at this stage these will be limited to regions where commercial composting is available. We’ll aim to continue rolling these out as more regions start having commercial composting facilities.

Fundamentally, there’s still a challenge for New Zealanders to recycle waste in a meaningful way. Very many materials simply can’t be recycled here, and many of those that can are sent offshore to be processed, which creates additional emissions impacts.

We believe there’s a real responsibility on businesses and councils, as much as on consumers, to not only find solutions, but to help Kiwis understand what’s recyclable – and why it matters. Our collection bins will be prominently placed at our stores and clearly labelled to make it easy for our customers to ‘do the right thing’.

We hope Kiwis will welcome having a choice to buy their coffee in a genuinely compostable cup.

You can find out more about where we stand on Sustainability here.

Questions or comments? Contact 
Emily Watt
Sustainability Manager
sustainability@z.co.nz

Sustainability

02/08/2016 - General News

Production imminent at NZ’s first commercial scale biodiesel plant

New Zealand’s first commercial-scale biodiesel plant today received its first delivery of inedible tallow, which enables the beginning of biodiesel production.

Z Energy’s $26 million biodiesel plant at Wiri, Auckland, is now in the commissioning phase and will start to produce high quality, sustainable biodiesel later this month. At the plant’s peak of production it will produce 20 million litres of biodiesel, which will be supplied as a biodiesel / mineral diesel blend to both commercial and retail customers across much of the upper half of the North Island.

Z’s General Manager of Supply and Distribution, David Binnie, said the delivery of tallow was a milestone which has been years in the making.

“We’re now ready to start producing a more sustainable transport fuel for customers that want to do their bit for a lower carbon future when they fill up.

“As an existing by-product of the meat industry, tallow is the perfect feedstock for bringing biodiesel to New Zealand. It doesn’t compete with food production and would otherwise be exported as a low value commodity in the production of soap and candles and some overseas biofuel production.

“The tallow and the design of the plant enables the production of a very pure, high quality biodiesel which is safe to use in your engine and meets all of New Zealand’s fuel specifications.”

David said the plant will use about 12 per cent of New Zealand’s production of inedible tallow, meaning there was plenty of scope to build further biodiesel plants if customers continued to demand it.

“We’ve been delighted by the leadership and strong backing from foundation commercial customers like Fonterra, Fulton Hogan, NZ Post, Downers and TIL who have provided the support to enable us to build this plant with confidence.

“The production of 20 million litres of sustainable biodiesel provides an opportunity for other businesses to take similar leadership in taking small steps to lower their own carbon footprint.

“Given the rural origin of the feedstock, there is an opportunity for the rural sector to close the cycle by also choosing to use our biodiesel,” said David.

 

01/08/2016 - General News

Z customers get fuel discounts as Fly Buys Pumped goes live

Z Energy customers will get instant fuel discounts and bonus Fly Buys points for all of August to celebrate the arrival of Z’s new loyalty programme ‘Fly Buys Pumped’.

Fly Buys Pumped is available at Z sites nationwide from today. Anyone with a Fly Buys card can access the special launch deal of 6 cents off per litre plus triple Fly buys points.

Following the August launch deal Fly Buys Pumped will give customers instant fuel discounts on selected days, as well as Fly Buys points.

Z’s General Manager of Marketing, Jane Anthony, said customers now have access to the most attractive loyalty offer in the market.

 “We know our loyal customers want instant fuel discounts so we’ve created Fly Buys Pumped, which is extra attractive because it also gives Fly Buys points. This is a huge draw card to fuel up at Z.

 “Fly Buys Pumped is the biggest change to loyalty to happen to Z since its birth and has been created to give customers choice they deserve.”

Jane said because Fly Buys Pumped is connected to New Zealand’s leading loyalty scheme, Fly Buys, it is incredibly easy for people to access the deals.

“Nearly 2.5 million New Zealanders are already Fly Buys members and anyone else can easily sign-up and be instantly ready to swipe their card for a better deal.

“People can choose to use their plastic card or the Fly Buys App on their phone to access the Fly Buys Pumped deals-so it’s really fast and simple to get the rewards.

“We’re looking forward to seeing New Zealanders benefit from these deals, which we have introduced with them in mind,” Jane said. 

From the start of September Fly Buys Pumped deals combining fuel discounts and points will be varied.

People wanting to sign up to Fly Buys or get a new card can do this on the Fly Buys website.

 

For further information please contact Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212, 021440090

29/07/2016 - Sustainability news

How Z Energy is leading sustainability in New Zealand

The following case study is an excerpt from ACCSR’s recent publication, Pathways to the Sustainable Development Goals: Annual Review of the State of CSR in Australia and New Zealand 2016.

You can read the full report here

 

Formed in 2010, Z Energy is now New Zealand’s biggest fuel business. It operates with sustainability as a stakeholder-driven core to its triple-bottom-line strategy, committed to business’s responsibility to lead by example toward national sustainability priorities.

Emily Watt, Sustainability Manager, says asking over 40,000 people what they wanted and expected of a “Kiwi” company when it formed, became the basis for Z Energy’s offer.

“Sustainability, community, customer service and health and safety have become the four things we stand for – where we can make the biggest difference in New Zealand, including through changing the behaviour and expectations of both business and customers.

“We believe in the science of climate change and want to be in the solutions space. Companies like ours have a big opportunity to do big things.”

“To date, we’ve focused our strategy in four areas. Firstly, consumer less ourselves and having ambitious targets to reduce w3ate to landfill, electricity and water consumption.

“Secondly, reducing the carbon emissions of Z and our customers through tracking and managing our own carbon, more efficient deliveries, and through working partnerships with suppliers.

“Thirdly, reducing New Zealand’s reliance on fossil fuels – we have built a $26 million biodiesel plant, which will produce 20 million litres for New Zealand, and we are working providing fast charging station at our sites to recharge electric cars.

“And finally, we are supporting capability development in New Zealand by investing in community and neighbourhood programmes, and developing skills in our team.”

Emily says that Z can have a bigger impact by working with others to influence change. Z Energy regularly engages with key stakeholders to understand expectations, values and impacts, to inform its strategy, sustainability programmes, reporting and products.

“We ask what the communities’ priorities are for our investment programmes, and in our annual GRI reporting, what stakeholders want us to measure against. We ask our customers what is important to them through our retail sites, and through social media engagement. We have conversations with the Sustainable Business Council and Sustainable Business Network to help us refine what we’re focusing on,” says Emily.

Z Energy sees efforts towards the Sustainability Development Goals as a logical extension of the organisation’s sustainability strategy.

Emily say, “We are seeing that we are aligned to many of the Sustainable Development Goals – with Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production, and Climate Action the most relevant to us.”

“I see the Goals guiding us to see what we should be focusing on next.”

“We believe businesses have a leadership role to deliver on sustainable development. With the areas we’ve identified, we can make the greatest difference, working with customers, suppliers, and like-minded organisations to influence and change behaviours. We have a big reach, and ability to invest in the things that matter.”

Z Energy has been advocating for greater incorporation of sustainability for New Zealand’s listed companies.

“We found the GRI great for reporting what we’ve done. We are now looking at the Integrated Reporting Framework and how it connects business interdependencies, to help us define what we are going to do next.

“There is an exciting change in people’s expectations – Climate Change conference in Paris has really made people want to make a difference, and we see where that produces us with the greatest benefits.”

29/07/2016 - General News

Z is New Zealand’s most trusted fuel company

The votes are in – Z is New Zealand’s most trusted petrol company after securing the top spot in this year’s Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands survey.

The survey, now in its 16th year, asks Kiwis about their preferred New Zealand brands based on a number of drivers, including reliability, pricing, and customer service.

 Z’s Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, said earning the trust and confidence of Kiwis reflected everything Z is about.

 “We want Z to represent what New Zealanders can achieve when they put their minds to the things that matter – things like putting the service back into service stations, and fueling Kiwis to get ahead,” he said.

 “Being recognised as New Zealand’s most trusted fuel company really reinforces the importance of the things we do on our forecourts, and in our offices, each day.”

Mike said it was great to see a number of Z’s valued community partners also recognised.

“At Z, we stand for making a positive difference – to our customers, to our shareholders, and to the communities in which we live and work,” he said.

“It’s great to see one of our major commercial customers and community partners, St John, recognised as well, along with the Cancer Society and LandSAR, both charities we’ve supported in the past through Z’s Good in the Hood initiative.”

The Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands survey asked a representative sample of people in New Zealand to rate their most trusted brands in 41 categories of products and services across a wide range of industries.

For the survey’s full results, visit the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands website: http://www.trustedbrands.co.nz/

Media contact: Hannah Heberley – 04 498 0300 or 021 272 8021

21/07/2016 - General News

NZ’s biggest loyalty programme gets pumped with fuel discounts

Customers using New Zealand’s most popular loyalty programme, Fly Buys, are in for a boost with today’s announcement that Z Energy will shortly be offering direct fuel discounts through Fly Buys Pumped’.

From 1 August, the nearly 2.5 million Fly Buys members across New Zealand will now be able to access instant fuel discounts on selected days and still collect Fly Buys points, simply by presenting their card at Z sites nationwide.

Z’s General Manager of Marketing, Jane Anthony, said combining Fly Buys with direct fuel discounts would be the most attractive loyalty offer in the New Zealand market, giving customers valuable choice.

“Z is the most trusted brand in this industry with a very loyal customer base. It’s important our loyalty offer remains current, easy to use and provides customers with the offers they deserve in this case customers can still collect Fly Buys points and receive discounts as they are offered.”

Jane said loyalty offers were going through a period of significant change and customers were wanting more choices.

“The old paper-based supermarket dockets have been dwindling in popularity, with people telling us they want instant fuel discounts instead. We’ve listened to customers and taken the opportunity to boost New Zealand’s leading loyalty offer with a fast, efficient discount mechanism that’s as simple as swiping your card.

“Having the ability to offer instant discounts through Fly Buys, rather than through a blanket discount offer, is a more sophisticated approach to loyalty that will give us the flexibility to tailor our offers and to engage with our customers in a way which works best for them,she said.

Jane said customers who still want to get fuel discounts through their supermarket shopping will be able to do this at Caltex branded sites.

New Zealanders who aren’t already Fly Buys members but want to be ready to take advantage of the Fly Buys Pumped fuel discounts from 1 August can sign up to Fly Buys or order new cards on the Fly Buys website.

 

Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212 or 021440090 

08/06/2016 - General News

Fonterra confirmed as foundation customer for Z biodiesel

Since early 2014, Fonterra has worked closely with Z as a foundation customer for the new B5 biodiesel, helping Z introduce the lower carbon fuel to New Zealand.

The farmer owned co-operative is committed to making a difference by reducing its emissions as well as supporting other Kiwis so they have the option to make better energy choices.

Lower emission sources like biodiesel are in keeping with Fonterra’s energy strategy and are one of a range of ways that the co-operative is looking to adjust its carbon profile in the years ahead. This initiative with Z is an effective way for Fonterra to integrate carbon savings into its supply chain almost immediately.

Fonterra tankers are a familiar sight on New Zealand roads, travelling thousands of kilometres every day. The Co-operative’s 500 tankers cover more than 80 million kilometres of New Zealand roads annually – and that takes a lot of fuel.

Using B5 biodiesel in its tankers has the potential to bring an almost 4% reduction in emissions from each truck over the course of a year, which will in turn reduce the co-operative’s carbon costs. Because B5 is a drop-in fuel, Fonterra’s trucks can use it wherever it is available around the country, but not have any issues should standard diesel be the only option. Fonterra says the initiative with Z is important to them because of the cooperative’s commitment to reduce its own carbon emissions while also supporting Z in making B5 more widely available for the benefit of New Zealanders. For more information on biodiesel, visit z.co.nz/biodiesel.

Fonterra biodiesel truck

07/06/2016 - General News

Z confirmed as best employer

Z Energy has been announced as a 2016 Aon Hewitt ‘Best Employer’ for the second year running. 

The annual award recognises the best employers across New Zealand and Australia through examining employee engagement scores and people practices.

Z’s General Manager of People and Culture, Sharlene Taylor, said the recognition reflected the commitment of every member of the Z team to leadership and to building a culture which enables extraordinary performance. 

“Being recognised as a best employer truly reflects the investment we’ve made in our people, culture, and leadership practices since day one,” she said.

Sharlene said Z’s focus on people and leadership has come from the bottom up, with its company values and leadership framework being generated by simply asking its people what mattered to them. 

“I’m particularly pleased that we’ve been able to retain such a strong employer rating during a big year characterised by large scale change,” she said. 

“This result points to the engagement and resilience of our people and our ability to lead complex change in accordance with the values upon which Z is built.” 

Sharlene said the recognition was particularly important as the company comes together with the new team from Chevron New Zealand. The acquisition to acquire Chevron New Zealand was settled on 1 June. 

“Bringing two strong companies together into a single operation is an opportunity to develop a unique and special culture in which we learn from each other and work together to deliver extraordinary performance.”

 

Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212

01/06/2016 - General News

Z is about to share $1m among groups doing Good in the Hood

The voting phase of Z’s Good in the Hood programme is over and 852 community groups are about to share in $1 million relative to how hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders voted.

The groups doing good in neighbourhoods across the country were selected from thousands of applications, and Z customers were asked to vote for their favourite group during the month of May.

“In its fifth consecutive year the 2016 Good in the Hood finalists were selected from more than 4,000 applications, and narrowing the number down was a tough job when each and every one of the groups, both big and small, are working to make a positive difference in their community,” said Z’s Community Manager, Christine Langdon.

Each Z station supported four local groups who will each receive a share of $4,000 based on how customers voted with the Good in the Hood orange token they received every time they made a purchase or filled-up during May. The votes are now being tallied and the cheques will be presented to each of the groups this month.

A further $1,000 per station has also been set aside for Z’s local retailers to support other neighbourhood groups and projects as they arise throughout the remainder of the year.

Christine says Good in the Hood is all about keeping it local.

“Our Z stations are part of the communities they serve. We reckon the best way to give back to those communities is to put our local teams and customers at the heart of deciding how the funding is shared. They know better than anyone what matters in their neighbourhoods.

“During the month many groups promoted their activities on our forecourts and both their teams and the Z team got right behind them. The programme is a real celebration of the countless hours spent by groups across New Zealand making a significant contribution to the health and well-being of our communities,” Christine said.  

You’ll be able to see the final tally for how much each group in your neighbourhood received by visiting your local Z station at the start of July, or visiting  www.z.co.nz/goodinthehood later this month.

29/04/2016 - General News

Focus on safety, customers following Commerce Commission clearance

Z Energy confirmed its focus would be on the safety and integrity of operations, and on serving customers, following the Commerce Commission’s clearance today of its application to acquire 100 per cent of the shares of Chevron New Zealand (CNZ).

The Commerce Commission’s announcement is available on its website at: www.comcom.govt.nz/the-commission/media-centre/media-releases/.

Z applied to the Commerce Commission for clearance to acquire CNZ (comprising CNZ’s downstream operations in New Zealand, including CNZ owned service stations, supply contracts, terminals and its lubricants business) on 30 June 2015 for a purchase price of $785 million. Today the Commerce Commission cleared the transaction on the basis that, subject to Z’s undertaking to divest certain assets, it would not be likely to substantially lessen competition in any market.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said while a robust 10-month investigation by the Commerce Commission had resulted in the transaction being approved, the creation of a larger company came with significant responsibilities for Z to its staff, customers of both companies, and to New Zealand as a whole.

“As a local company we believe buying the business of a global company is good for New Zealand and it’s now up to us to prove it. We will start this journey as a new company exactly as we intend to continue - by ensuring our focus is squarely on the safety of our operations and on the customers and communities we serve.”

A team of more than 100 people from both Z and CNZ have worked for almost a year on planning and technology solutions to bring the two companies together to enable them to operate as one from settlement, which is expected to be on 1 June 2016.

“Bringing two large companies with different technology, systems, processes and business models together is a complex and challenging undertaking. I want to thank the CNZ and Z teams for their commitment and professionalism in enabling us to get to this point. I look forward to welcoming the CNZ team to Z.”

He said it was very much business as usual both before and after settlement for customers of both companies, who should notice no impact or change as a result of the way these teams had worked.

Cutover Z said the next step would see the company focus on completing a safe and secure cutover of CNZ to Z’s systems on 1 June 2016.

“There is a substantial amount of work to be completed in order to fully integrate CNZ’s business into Z’s corporate structure and business operations. The technical systems cutover is scheduled to take place overnight on 31 May, with the 1 June settlement day being the first day the two companies will operate under common ownership.”

Mike Bennetts said the company had been planning for the delivery of a safe and efficient cutover for the best part of a year, and he was confident the organisation has the structures in place to deliver that.

“In the period immediately following settlement and the cutover to Z’s systems and processes, there will be an increased focus on the stabilisation of our operations, ensuring safety and continuity of supply for all of our customers.”

Synergies

Once the acquisition is settled, Z said it is confident it remains on track to deliver the $25-30 million of synergies previously identified as a result of the deal.

Synergies are expected to be realised across improved supply chain efficiency, including at Refining NZ; reduced people costs, particularly through avoiding costs associated with the provision of offshore back office and support services to CNZ; and a range of IT, systems and process efficiencies.

“The expanded company will create value through leveraging the scale and scope of both companies’ operations, including the diversity of business models and people expertise,” Mike Bennetts said.

“We’re confident in the identified synergies and once we have cutover to a single ERP system the next phase will be on integrating the two companies – this is where we expect to learn significantly more about the CNZ business, how it can most efficiently fit alongside Z’s operations and where we may be able to generate additional value by learning from one another’s experience and different business models.”

Divestments

Mike Bennetts said as part of securing clearance Z has undertaken to divest certain assets over the coming months. These are:

  • 19 retail service station businesses
  • 1 truckstop business

“Z will need time to properly assess the financial impacts of these divestments given there are options as to which branded service station is divested. The volume impact on the combined company ranges between 60 – 80 million litres per annum. Over the past 11 months Z has had approaches from numerous parties expressing interest in any assets that may be divested so Z expects competition for these assets,” he said.

Debra Blackett (Z’s Company Secretary) has been appointed to manage the divestment workstream as a continuation of her accountability for leading the acquisition workstream, which included the Commerce Commission clearance process and the financing and legal activities required to be able to settle the transaction. Preliminary planning has already been completed which gives Z confidence it can meet its divestment obligations.

“It is quite common in acquisitions and was anticipated that we might need to undertake to divest some assets as part of securing clearance. Although we have not yet decided which specific assets will be divested and the consequent impact on earnings, we do not believe they materially diminish the attractive earnings multiples we bought at, the quality of the portfolio, or the target synergies. We are already working to ensure we carry out the divestments within the period we have undertaken to do so, with a significant focus on ensuring ongoing support for operations that might be impacted by a divestment decision,” Mike Bennetts said.

People

Mike Bennetts reiterated that the skills and experiences of the CNZ team are highly valued and an important consideration in the acquisition.

“Z has committed that all CNZ staff will have at least 12 months of paid employment from the date of settlement. CNZ already runs a lean and highly efficient operation and we expect to learn a lot from their people over the coming months.

“There are obvious opportunities to reduce people costs in bringing the services that were provided to CNZ and charged in from a global services hub back into our existing operations.

“The CNZ team have conducted themselves with a high level of professionalism during an uncertain time and I’m very much looking forward to welcoming them into Z,” he said.

Commitment to dual brand strategy

Mike Bennetts said Z remained committed to a dual brand strategy in the retail market.

“The operation of a dual brand strategy means our retail customers can continue to enjoy the different Caltex and Z branded service stations and the different offers that go with those stations and their different business models,” he said.

Settlement and funding

The total purchase price is $785 million – plus a working capital adjustment - and will be funded from cash ($115 million) and debt ($670 million).

A $185 million pro rata equity raise was considered at the time of the announcement of the transaction. Given the passage of time - higher synergies and improvement in the underlying Z business over the FY16 year, partially offset by anticipated divestments - the decision has been taken not to raise additional capital and to instead fund the remainder through debt from pre-arranged debt facilities with Z’s banking syndicate.

The funding mix will see Z’s starting leverage on settlement of total debt to replacement cost operating EBITDAF earnings multiple of approximately 2.6x. Consistent with the 2 June 2015 announcement it is anticipated that leverage will reduce to ~2.0x within two to three years, albeit slightly slower given the higher opening debt.

“We appreciate the patience and support of our investors throughout the acquisition process and, think it is a better outcome to temporarily extend debt facilities rather than dilute existing equity holdings.”

The transaction is expected to be settled on 1 June at which point Chevron will be paid the balance of the purchase price and the operation of the combined business will sit with Z.

Until settlement occurs, Z and Chevron remain competitors.

Guidance and market updates

Mike Bennetts said Z would be providing regular market updates on progress of the integration of the two companies post settlement and cutover.

“Our immediate focus will be on putting the two companies together, ensuring their safe and stable operation and then moving into the integration phase, during which we will start to understand more about the operation of the business and the value that an integrated company can generate.

“We acknowledge the strong interest in the cutover process and the complexity and risks that arise from putting two large business operations together. On that basis we will provide regular updates to confirm that these complexities and risks are being managed, and that customer satisfaction levels do not diminish.

“We will provide guidance for the standalone Z business with full year results on 12 May and in June will update that guidance to include the earnings contribution from the Chevron business,” said Mike.

“Once we have been operating the business for several months we will host an investor day to update investors on the strategy for the integrated company and the financial forecasts that relate to that, probably in September or October this year.”

Conclusion

Mike Bennetts said although the process of securing clearance had taken a long time, the real work in building a world-class company was now just beginning.

“As we become a larger and more strategically significant company we will have an increased responsibility to our customers, investors, staff and to New Zealand as a whole.

This is a responsibility we welcome and we are committed to building this company for the benefit of all our stakeholders in line with the values that underpin every aspect of our operation, as they have done so for all of the past six years,” said Mike.

 


Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212

08/04/2016 - Sustainability news

Z opens first fast start EV charging station at Auckland Airport

Z Skyway EV launch

Photo (from left to right): Charge Net Chief Executive, Steve West, Chelsea Sexton, and Z Retail Sales Manager, Rob McDonald

Z Energy today opened Auckland’s first fast charge electric vehicle charging station at the Z Skyway service station at Auckland airport.

The installation brings Z’s total number of fast start EV charging stations at its sites to six, with an additional two in Auckland, two in Wellington and one in Christchurch.

The charging station at Z Skyway was officially opened by Chelsea Sexton, an internationally renowned electric car advocate and advisor. From California, Chelsea is best known for her role in Who Killed the Electric Car, and for her articles and blog posts about electric cars and her views on obtaining mass adoption of the technology by the car industry and drivers.

“Public charging in visible, convenient locations is key to electric vehicle adoption, as well as increased use and enjoyment by existing EV drivers,” Chelsea said.

The rapid-charge stations are being supplied by Charge Net and will be available for public use. The Tritium fast chargers draw up to 400 volts of electricity and can charge a standard electric vehicle in the time it takes a customer to buy and drink a cup of coffee.

Z Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, said the move was part of Z’s continued commitment to moving from being a part of the climate change problem to the heart of the solution.

“We’re not an oil company, we’re a transport energy company and we’re committed to meeting the needs of our customers, whatever they might be.

“We also want to be at the front of the push towards a cleaner, more sustainable New Zealand and to give Kiwis choices to use more renewable fuels.”

The electric charging stations will cost approximately $5 - $10 for the vast majority of users (i.e. a Nissan Leaf) to fill up, and the charge time from empty will be approximately 10 – 25 minutes, as opposed to up to eight hours for a conventional slow charge. A 25 minute charge will “fill up” an entry level electric vehicle like a Leaf and allow customers to travel around 120 kilometers.

“These stations provide another option to keep our customers moving regardless of the vehicle they drive or the fuel they need,” said Gerri.

Chief Executive Steve West from Charge Net has found working with Z Energy to be a great experience, and is pleased to see the iconic Kiwi brand charging into the future.

“Z Energy is a great company to work and collaborate with. We are excited to see these stations go live,” he said.

05/04/2016 - Sustainability news

Z installs first fast start EV charging station in Christchurch

Z Energy today installed the first electric vehicle rapid charging station at a service station in Christchurch, at Z Moorhouse Avenue, Addington. The station was officially opened by Christchurch Deputy Mayor, Vicki Buck.

The installation is part of Z’s commitment to install six rapid-charge electric vehicle charging stations at sites in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch over the following weeks.

The rapid-charge stations are being supplied by Charge Net and will be available for public use. The Tritium fast chargers draw up to 400 volts of electricity and can charge a standard electric vehicle in the time it takes a customer to buy and drink a cup of coffee.

Z Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, said the move was part of Z’s continued commitment to moving from being a part of the climate change problem to the heart of the solution.

“We’re not an oil company, we’re a transport energy company and we’re committed to meeting the needs of our customers, whatever they might be.

“We also want to be at the front of the push towards a cleaner, more sustainable New Zealand and to give Kiwis choices to use more renewable fuels.”

The electric charging stations will cost approximately $5 - $10 for the vast majority of users (i.e. a Nissan Leaf) to fill up, and the charge time from empty will be approximately 10 – 25 minutes, as opposed to up to eight hours for a conventional slow charge.  A 25 minute charge will “fill up” an entry level electric vehicle like a Leaf and allow customers to travel around 120 kilometres,

“These stations provide another option to keep our customers moving regardless of the vehicle they drive or the fuel they need,” said Gerri.

Chief Executive Steve West from Charge Net has found working with Z Energy to be a great experience, and is pleased to see the iconic Kiwi brand charging into the future. 

“Z Energy is a great company to work and collaborate with.  We are excited to see these stations go live,” he said. 

04/04/2016 - General News

Groups to share in $1 million with Z’s Good in the Hood

More than 800 local community groups across New Zealand will get the support they deserve this year with their share of more than $1 million thanks to Z’s Good in the Hood.

In its fifth consecutive year, the 2016 Good in the Hood finalists were selected from more than 4,000 applications, with the decision around which groups would be successful this year proving just as challenging as in previous years.

“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,” said Z’s Community Manager, Christine Langdon.

“We received more than 4,000 Good in the Hood applications this year – and these are all really deserving local groups, both big and small, who are making a real difference in their communities, so having to narrow it down to only four groups per station proved quite difficult.”

In the ultimate show of keeping it local, each of the successful groups will now be up for their share of the $4,000 up for grabs at each of the 213 Z sites across New Zealand.

Z customers will have the opportunity to decide how much each group gets by voting with an orange token each time they visit Z during the month of May.

“We reckon it doesn’t seem right for a bunch Z employees to make decisions about what matters most to the many diverse communities we have here in New Zealand,” Christine said.  

“At the end of the day, we know our local Z service stations teams and their customers are best placed to be making those decisions, and that’s why we leave the voting up to them.”

In addition to the $4,000 available per Z site, an extra $1,000 will be given to each local Z retailer to use throughout the year, supporting other neighbourhood projects and initiatives as they see fit.

To view the full list of this year’s groups, visit www.z.co.nz/GoodintheHood.

01/04/2016 - General News

Kiwi communities to benefit from nationwide defibrillator installation

Kiwi communities will have easier access to life-saving technology thanks to Z Energy’s nationwide installation of more than 200 defibrillators at Z service stations across New Zealand.

Last month, Z purchased the 214 defibrillators from St John. Work is underway to ensure every Z service station across the country has a defibrillator installed.  

Z’s Retail Sales Manager, Rob McDonald, said the decision to install the defibrillators was a no-brainer.

“We know that defibrillators significantly increase the chance of someone surviving a cardiac arrest, and we reckon making defibrillators available to our site staff, to our customers and to communities across New Zealand is just one small step we can take toward helping keep our communities safe.

“While this initiative comes at a cost, at the end of the day these machines only need to save one life for their installation to be worthwhile.”

St John Chief Executive, Peter Bradley, says New Zealand has a relatively low rate of public access to defibrillators.

“Early defibrillation has the potential to double or treble the survival rate from cardiac arrest, and we support any initiative to make this life-saving technology more publicly available.

“Our partnership with Z allows us to make the most of their nationwide service station network and place defibrillators in easy to find locations all over New Zealand.”

The initiative is just one of a number of exciting opportunities to come out of Z’s recent partnership with St John, Rob said.

“This year, as part of our partnership with St John, we’re going to be supporting their annual appeal week with the sale of first aid plasters at Z sites, with all proceeds going to St John.

“We’re also really keen to ensure our own Z team are well-equipped when it comes to CPR and the use of defibrillators, so we’ve invited St John to come in and run two in-house sessions covering both CPR and AED demonstrations.”

The St John annual appeal week runs from Monday 4 April through until Sunday, 10 April. The first aid plasters go on sale at Z services stations from today and will be available through until Sunday, 10 April or while stocks last.

 

29/03/2016 - General News

Employing people with disabilities good for business, customers

People with disabilities can look forward to even more employment opportunities thanks to a partnership between Z Energy and specialist employment service Workbridge, announced today.

A new Workbridge Employer Ambassador role, created in partnership with Z Energy, will play a key role in helping employers across New Zealand proactively create more opportunities for people with disabilities.

From 18 April, former Z retailer from the Waikato Region and the winner of this year’s Kiwibank Local Hero of the Year award, Selwyn Cook, will be taking on the role.

“I’ve always been committed to reflecting diversity in the workplace, and to ensuring businesses are more inclusive of those living with disabilities,” Selwyn says.

“My own experience operating a number of Z service stations in the Waikato region has shown me that people with a disability are highly committed to their work, and I have experienced no performance management issues.

“Taking up the new Workbridge Employer Ambassador role will enable me to work alongside other New Zealand organisations to help them build inclusive workplaces that more accurately reflect our society, and I’m really excited to have that opportunity.”

Workbridge Chief Executive, Grant Cleland, says both the partnership with Z and the creation of this Workbridge Employer Ambassador role is an exciting opportunity for employers to get support from Selwyn to access the often hidden talent pool of Workbridge jobseekers.

“At Workbridge, our focus is simply on linking the right people with the right jobs. That means looking beyond any disabilities our jobseekers may have and simply ensuring the jobseekers we put forward have the best skills and attitude for that role.

“Selwyn has employed over 85 of our jobseekers so he has personally experienced the benefits of employing our jobseekers and has found that this has improved his bottom line.”

Z’s Community Manager, Christine Langdon, says the decision to partner with Workbridge was a really easy one.

“We’re committed to creating employment opportunities for people living with disabilities in our communities – we reckon it’s good for business, good for customers, good for communities and good for New Zealand.

“We’re thrilled to have been able to team up with Workbridge to create this new Employer Ambassador role, and we’re even more thrilled that we’ve been able to put one of the wider Z family, former Z retailer Selwyn Cook, into this role – given his commitment to the employment of people with disability over the years, we reckon he’s a perfect fit.”

24/03/2016 - Sustainability news

Z installs fast start EV charging stations in Wellington, Petone

Z Energy today installed the first fast charge electric vehicle charging stations at service stations in Wellington, at Z Vivian Street and Z Petone. The Z Vivian Street charging station was officially opened by Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown.

The installations are part of Z’s commitment to install six rapid-charge electric vehicle charging stations at sites in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch over the coming weeks.

The rapid-charge stations are being supplied by Charge Net NZ and will be available for public use. The Tritium fast chargers draw up to 400 volts of electricity and can charge a standard electric vehicle in the time it takes a customer to buy and drink a cup of coffee.

Z Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, said the move was part of Z’s continued commitment to moving from being a part of the climate change problem to the heart of the solution.

“We’re not an oil company, we’re a transport energy company and we’re committed to meeting the needs of our customers, whatever they might be.

“We also want to be at the front of the push towards a cleaner, more sustainable New Zealand and to give Kiwis choices to use more renewable fuels.”

The electric charging stations will cost approximately $5 - $10 for the vast majority of users (i.e. a Nissan Leaf) to fill up, and the charge time from empty will be approximately 10 – 25 minutes, as opposed to up to eight hours for a conventional slow charge. A 25 minute charge will “fill up” an entry level electric vehicle like a Leaf and allow customers to travel around 120 kilometres.

“These stations provide another option to keep our customers moving regardless of the vehicle they drive or the fuel they need,” said Gerri.

Chief Executive Steve West from Charge Net NZ has found working with Z Energy to be a great experience, and is pleased to see the iconic Kiwi brand charging into the future.

“Z Energy is a great company to work and collaborate with. We are excited to see these stations go live,” he said.

24/02/2016 - General News

Cantabrians with dementia benefit from new aquatic movement group

For people living with dementia, the opportunity to continue to lead fulfilling, purposeful and socially-enriched lives can make all the difference to those touched by the often misunderstood illness.

Alzheimers Canterbury supports people affected by dementia, helping them to live well and offering free services including social work, carer support groups, an extensive social programme, volunteer services, community education, and therapeutic and activity groups.   

When they applied for Z’s Good in the Hood community initiative in 2015, the group were hoping to add an aquatic movement group to the activities programme they deliver to local people affected by dementia.   

“Activity in water not only improves the functional capacity of people with dementia but also has significant effects on other aspects of quality of life such as sleep, appetite, behavioral and psychological symptoms, depression, and falls. Additionally, exercise can improve a person's overall sense of well-being and positively enhance their sociability,” says Alzheimer’s Canterbury spokesperson Annelies Basten.

As a result of the more than $1,200 of community support they received through Good in the Hood, Alzheimer’s Canterbury’s dream of having an aquatic group for people with dementia has become a reality.

“Thanks to Good in the Hood, we have been able to launch two Watermemories groups in not one but two different Canterbury locations – Rangiora’s Dudley and Christchurch’s Wharenui swimming pools.”

“The $1,246 donation from Good in the Hood 2015 was used to cover transport, phone calls (reminder calls to clients and management of the project) and pool fees, and we’re incredibly grateful to Z for Good in the Hood and the support it has given us in getting Watermemories off the ground.”

According to Ms. Basten, the groups are very popular, and a huge number of clients are keen to attend weekly.

“It’s a real buzz to see how many people enjoy the social connection and fun of being in the pool together. The activity has a number of benefits, too, from reminding them of positive times spent in the water before their illness to ensuring social connectedness, purposeful activity and exercise in the present.”

The Watermemories groups have also contributed to the quality of life for the full-time care partners who enjoy a few hours to themselves, providing a very welcome break for the care partners.

18/02/2016 - General News

Cutting-edge crime prevention tech rolling out across New Zealand

Z Energy is rolling out the latest technology to keep its sites, staff and customers safe across New Zealand licence plate recognition software.

Z’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said the new technology has been successfully piloted and is now being rolled out across the country. The licence plate recognition software is the latest in a string of state-of-the-art security measures, following smoke cannons, SelectaDNA mist and an $8 million digital CCTV network on every site.

“This technology, coupled with Z’s cutting edge digital CCTV technology, is already making a huge difference on Z sites, particularly in preventing ‘drive-offs’ which cost Z around $1.5 million per year,” said Mark.

“When we identify a vehicle involved in a drive off, the number plate is captured in the system and if that vehicle comes onto any Z site again, the technology immediately recognises the plate, focuses cameras on the vehicle and driver and turns the pump on to pre-pay, preventing the vehicle from filling up without paying.

“Additionally, the quality footage we now get through this software and digital CCTV aids the police in identifying people and increases the odds of catching them. Already in this pilot we’ve reduced drive-offs by up to 80 per cent at some sites,” he said.

“Regardless of where you do it, if you steal from Z, anywhere in the country, you’re very likely to be caught.”

Mark Forsyth said Z had partnered with Auror, an Auckland-based company, pioneering the development of an innovative crime prevention platform and Focus Digital Security, New Zealand’s leading implementer of ANPR technology, to deliver this solution across the country.

He said that with Auror and Focus, Z was also working on applying the new technology so that if a stolen vehicle comes onto a Z site an automatic alert is sent directly to Police alerting them to the vehicle’s location.

Getting this information immediately to police will be really helpful as often stolen vehicles are involved in robberies and burglaries. We’ve got some incredibly smart technology on Z sites that now makes committing a crime on a Z site one of the dumbest things you can do.

“We want to get the message out loud and clear that we’re not going to stand for anything that makes our sites, our staff or our customers unsafe. If anyone’s thinking about driving off without paying or doing anything illegal or unsafe on our sites, don’t bother – the chances of getting away with anything are incredibly low and the chances of getting caught have never been higher.”

Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212 

03/02/2016 - General News

Vegan pies becomes a permanent fixture at Z

Due to huge demand and a petition requesting the continuation of its availability, Z Energy’s famous Mexican vegan pie will become a permanent fixture in Z stores.

In July, Z ran a ‘DIY Pie’ competition asking people to submit and then vote on their own pie recipes. With almost 4,000 recipes submitted and, with a highly organised vegan community, the winning pie was a Mexican vegan pie designed by ‘Gemma from Auckland’, which went on sale for a month starting on 28 December.

Z’s pie aficionado, Mark Forsyth, said for a company that committed to listening to its customers, it was blindingly obvious that Z’s customers had spoken.

“We’re just so pleased with the success of Gemma’s pie. It basically sold out across the country within the first week of it being stocked and we’ve struggled to keep up with demand over the rest of the month.

“We never expected to be in this position and we’re now gearing up to get the pie into permanent production. This will take a few weeks and we expect Gemma’s pie will be back in stores on a permanent basis in early March.

Mark Forsyth said Z had learned a lot about the challenges of producing vegan food throughout the process.

“In particular we’re grateful for the support and understanding of the vegan community, including Gemma, once we learned a pastry conditioner in the pies contained minute traces of an animal-derived product.

“As a result of learning about this we not only removed it from the pie, but from all of Z’s pies and we’ve taken the opportunity to review every ingredient that goes into our pies to ensure they are what people expect,” he said.

“Z’s committed to stocking a broader range of options in our stores and this pie and the process we went through while we were making it have taught us a lot and helped us take some important small steps towards that goal.”

Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212

01/02/2016 - General News

Helping groups do more good in their hood

Community groups doing good in their neighbourhoods can now apply for a share of more than $1 million from Z.

Applications for Good in the Hood are open from 1 to 29 February, and Z’s Community Manager Christine Langdon said this year is all about providing support to local groups, big and small, that are making a difference in their community.

Every Z station will again be giving away $5,000 to help their neighbourhoods. Of this $5,000 per station, $4,000 will be distributed between four neighbourhood groups or projects that help people who need it.

Good in the Hood is the ultimate in keeping it local, with each Z station selecting the four groups that are supported by their site in 2016, and customers then voting on them.

“There’s no way that we could know what matters to the diverse communities around New Zealand better than the locals do, which is why it’s up to our local service station teams, and our local customers, to decide what they want to support,” said Christine.

Each of the successful groups will receive a share of the $4,000 per Z site, with customers having the opportunity to decide how much each group gets by voting with an orange token each time they visit Z during May.

“The remaining $1,000 will be used by our local retailers throughout the year to support other neighbourhood projects and initiatives around each Z station.”

Applications for Good in the Hood 2016 are open for all of February. Interested groups that meet the criteria of helping people and having a specific need should visit the service station near where they operate to say hello and have a chat about the good they do.

To see what last year’s groups have been doing with their funding, or to apply to be part of the programme in 2016, visit z.co.nz/GoodintheHood.

 

Jonathan Hill: 021 440 090

27/01/2016 - Sustainability news

Time to take up the climate gauntlet


The world’s leaders agreed in Paris last month to an ambitious target of limiting global temperature increases to 1.5°C by 2030; for context, scientists say a two degree increase – just half a degree above the agreed target - could sink some island nations, worsen droughts and drive a third of the globe’s species to extinction.

It’s a challenge the world cannot afford to overlook. As US President Barack Obama said to the United Nations last year, this is the first generation to experience the effects of climate change, and the last that can do something about it. The global stage has been set for unprecedented action on climate change, and it’s now up to us, as individuals and businesses, to get into action while we can still limit the worst social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change.

Failure to prepare for climate change has been identified as posing the greatest risk to the global economy over the next decade in a World Economic Forum survey released last week. For a company whose products currently account for about five per cent of New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions, Z’s role in meeting this challenge may seem counterintuitive. This is the thinking that business can show real leadership on – rather than focusing on the costs of taking action on climate change, what are the opportunities that come with leading?

Like most businesses now, Z acknowledges and accepts the science of climate change. We accept that the products we sell contribute to the problem and we believe that, as a transport energy company with no oil and gas exploration interests, we are in a unique position to move from being part of the problem to the heart of the solution.

We believe that being a part of this solution includes working alongside other Kiwi businesses to take up the gauntlet thrown down by the global climate framework, and take action in incorporating carbon action plans into our strategies. Everything we now see and hear is that customers are increasingly demanding this level of action and commitment from the businesses they choose to support and are prepared to reward those companies that lead in this space.

The upcoming review of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme provides a timely opportunity to develop a meaningful policy response in order to meet this global target. But facing into the climate change challenge isn’t simply the job of government – it requires leadership and commitment from business and, ultimately, from consumers.

As an example of providing this type of leadership and commitment, Z will this year open a $26 million biodiesel plant in South Auckland. The plant will produce 20 million litres of sustainable biodiesel per year, and is the only plant of its type in the world to have been built without a government subsidy or mandate. For the first time, commercial and retail fuel consumers in the upper North Island will in April have the choice to use a sustainable, locally-produced biodiesel as part of their own small steps in tackling the climate change challenge.
While business must increasingly lead, policy can and should facilitate and encourage meaningful, ambitious action on climate change. Businesses will be much more likely and able to act boldly in the shift to a low carbon economy if long-term political ambition is clear and consistent.

Z acknowledges the uncertainties around the policy and financial instruments needed to tackle New Zealand’s unique emissions profile, and that any carbon market mechanism must be equitable, and sensible. We also recognise that this is one of the most complex policy challenges of our time.

However, we do not see New Zealand’s emissions profile as being an insurmountable barrier to the ability to lead innovative and meaningful change in the creation of climate change policy solutions.

The global climate agreement gives us the context to develop a meaningful response that must result in profound, long-term change. It’s up to us all to interpret how to move on that, and quickly. New Zealand’s current commitment (30% below 2005 levels by 2030, or 11% below our 1990 baseline) would lead to a 3.5° temperature increase by 2100.

Fundamentally, for a carbon market mechanism to result in action and change, it must be fungible, linked internationally, and carry a price per tonne that will make business and consumers take notice and, most importantly, change.

If the New Zealand public, and New Zealand business, are up for this, then what’s stopping us from leading on this? Why couldn’t New Zealand be the first country in the world to enable an effective market-based solution to global climate change? New Zealand has a global reputation for leading on the things that really matter and businesses understand the opportunities of being at the leading edge - particularly when it comes to the products and services that fit the changing demands of a low-carbon economy.
As a company which has set some bold and ambitious sustainability targets without a clear roadmap as to how to achieve them, we want to partner with Kiwi businesses to be bold, to take advantage of New Zealand’s trusted international reputation, and to create opportunities which result in social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

The climate change gauntlet has been thrown. The worst thing we could do right now is not pick it up.

26/01/2016 - Sustainability news

Z customers are Conscious Consumers

From this week, customers visiting a selection of Z service stations across the country will be able to call themselves conscious consumers.

On Monday, five Z sites across the country became Conscious Consumer accredited as part of a pilot, joining around 300 other local Kiwi businesses recognised for their commitment to sustainable and ethical products and services.

Z’s Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, says Conscious Consumer accreditation is just the next logical step for Z.

“At Z, we’re committed to sustainability, and we’re committed to providing our customers with ethical and sustainable products and services on our sites.”

“Working together with Conscious Consumers was the perfect fit for us, and it gave us a great opportunity to get some external accreditation for the changes we’ve worked so hard to make,” Ms. Ward says.

The programme, which recognises businesses for their ethical business credentials, awards accreditation only once a certain number of badge standards have been met.

The five Z stations piloting the programme – Z Pukekohe, Z Bethlehem, Z Carlton Corner, Z Kaiapoi and Z Mosgiel – have been recognised for having met the badge standards for Recycling, Composting, Generosity, and BYO Containers.

“In 2012 we set ourselves a target to reduce our waste to landfill by 70% and immediately got into action on our recycling programme. We estimate we recycle about 3,500 tonnes of cardboard, paper, plastic, cans and glass, and compost about 500 tonnes of food waste a year,” Ms. Ward says. Z also operates the biggest public place recycling network in the country, with forecourt recycling bins on 103 service station sites across the country.

“We’re committed to supporting our local communities through our Good in the Hood programme, which sees Z giving away around $1 million per year. And, although we’ve happily accepted customers who choose to bring their own coffee cups for a number of years now, from Monday this week in our five pilot Z sites we’ll be offering a 50c discount to those customers.”

The Conscious Consumers hospitality accreditation programme has over 300 business and 40,000 consumer members across the six main regions of New Zealand. Their app lets consumers find and support local businesses acting sustainable and doing good stuff in their communities.

For more information on Conscious Consumers, visit www.consciousconsumers.org.nz

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18/12/2015 - Sustainability news

Z makes progress towards reducing New Zealand’s reliance on fossil fuels

Z’s efforts to reduce New Zealand’s reliance on fossil fuels have reached a milestone with the installation of a biodiesel distillation column at New Zealand’s first commercial scale biodiesel plant in Wiri, Auckland.

The plant, which will move into the testing phase early next year, will turn inedible tallow, a by-product of the New Zealand meat industry, into 20 million litres of biodiesel a year, with the potential to scale production up to 40 million litres a year.

Z’s General Manager of Supply and Distribution, David Binnie, said that the biodiesel distillation column is a sophisticated piece of kit which will ensure a highly refined, pure finished biodiesel.

“The ability to refine the biodiesel by distillation enables us to use a plentiful local resource to produce high quality biodiesel that exceeds New Zealand’s biodiesel specifications,” said David.

David said that as a New Zealand company, Z believed it had a backyard worth looking after.

“Fuel burned for transportation makes up around 17 per cent of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“This means Z is currently part of the climate change problem, and we’re not comfortable with that.

“We want to instead be at the heart of the solution.

“It will take time, but this $26 million investment is a step towards reducing New Zealand’s reliance on fossil fuels,” said David.

David said that Z invested in this plant, even in the absence of a government incentive, because it was important to Z to do the right thing, and also important to many of their large commercial customers who have been increasingly asking for lower carbon options.

“We believe this plant to be a world first – we cannot find evidence of anywhere else in the world where a commercial scale biofuels plant has been built without a grant or other government incentive such as a mandate or tax incentives.

“What has enabled us to be bold enough to invest in this venture has been the commitment from some of our large commercial customers, such as Fonterra, who are trying to find ways to reduce their own carbon emissions. 

“This is an example of New Zealand companies working together to make a difference to our own backyard,” said David.

 

Fonterra’s General Manager of National Transport and Logistics, Barry McColl, said the Co-operative is pleased that its commitment is helping Z to bring this capability to New Zealand while reducing its own emissions.

 

“Fonterra is committed to reducing environmental impacts across all of our operations. Transporting more than 18 billion litres of milk around the country every year requires a lot of hours on the road – our fleet travels more than 90 million kilometres over the year – so we’re hugely supportive of initiatives like this that help to reduce our emissions.”

 

David said that Z’s B5 biodiesel blend (up to five per cent biodiesel blended with ordinary diesel) works across commercial, industrial and retail diesel vehicle fleets.

 

“Z’s B5 biodiesel is a ‘drop in’ fuel that doesn’t require customers to do anything differently with their diesel vehicles because it meets the same strict fuel specifications as ordinary diesel,” said David.

 

Z’s biodiesel will be available to customers in the Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions towards the middle of 2016.

11/12/2015 - General News

Z to install six rapid charge EV charging stations

Z Energy will install six rapid-charge electric vehicle charging stations at sites in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch by the end of February.

The rapid-charge stations are being supplied by Charge.net.nz and will be available for public use. The Tritium fast chargers draw up to 400 volts of electricity and can charge a standard electric vehicle in the time it takes a customer to buy and drink a cup of coffee.

Z Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, said the move was part of Z’s continued commitment to moving from being a part of the climate change problem to the heart of the solution.

“We’re not an oil company, we’re a transport energy company and we’re committed to meeting the needs of our customers, whatever they might be.

“We also want to be at the front of the push towards a cleaner, more sustainable New Zealand and to give Kiwis choices to use more renewable fuels.”

The electric charging stations will cost approximately $5 - $10 for the vast majority of users (i.e. a Nissan Leaf) to fill up, and the charge time from empty will be approximately 10 – 25 minutes, as opposed to up to eight hours for a conventional slow charge. A 25 minute charge will “fill up” an entry level electric vehicle like a Leaf and allow customers to travel around 120 kilometers.

“These stations provide another option to keep our customers moving regardless of the vehicle they drive or the fuel they need,” said Gerri.

At the time that these stations are available for the public, Z will also be commissioning a $26 million investment in the country’s first commercial-scale biodiesel plant in Wiri, Auckland. The plant will convert inedible tallow into 20 million litres of high-quality sustainable biodiesel per year. Chief Executive Steve West from Charge.net.nz has found working with Z Energy to be a great experience, and is pleased to see the iconic Kiwi brand charging into the future.

“Z Energy is a great company to work and collaborate with. We are excited to see these stations go live,” he said. 

Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212

 

30/10/2015 - General News

Z and St John sign community partnership

Two of New Zealand’s strongest local brands have joined forces in a community partnership that is set to benefit both organisations and the wellbeing of Kiwi communities.

The chief executives of St John and Z Energy today signed a memorandum of understanding on the bonnet of a St John ambulance at Z Ellerslie, Auckland.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said Z is delighted to be signing this partnership with St John. He went on to say Z will work with St John to progressively install defibrillators across its retail service station network; help St John to develop its own organisational sustainability plan and actively support St John’s fundraising initiatives, including selling St John first aid kits in store along with other fundraising initiatives.

“At Z we’re interested in initiatives that are good for business, good for customers and good for communities. The partnership between Z and St John realises all of these outcomes and we’re really excited about the potential for what we can achieve through it,” said Mike.

The partnership sees St John join Z Energy as a fuel customer and both organisations commit to projects and initiatives that protect the well-being of local communities.

St John Chief Executive Peter Bradley said one of the long-term benefits of the partnership will be collaboration around St John volunteer recognition and sustainability.

“St John is New Zealand’s most trusted charity, there is clear alignment between what our two organisations are committed to. Local communities will benefit from this exciting new partnership,” Bradley said.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts and St John Chief Executive Peter Bradley signing the partnership agreement.



Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212

 

 

19/10/2015 - General News

Z brings coolest collectable heroes to New Zealand

Z brings coolest collectable heroes to New Zealand

New Zealand’s next big collectable craze strikes at more than 200 Z service stations today.

Z is bringing the stackable collectables ‘Marvel Avengers Blokhedz’ to New Zealand for the first time, with 16 Super Hero and Super-Villain characters to collect, stack, trade and take into battle.

“Marvel Avengers Blokhedz can be stacked and played with any number of ways. We hope Kiwis will love the challenge of collecting and trading them, stacking them, and taking on family and friends in Super Hero inspired games,” Z General Manager Retail, Mark Forsyth said.

“We reckon they’ll be charging out of Z stations faster than super heroes.

“At Z we love having fun, and we think our customers do too – it’s the Kiwi way. We reckon our customers will love the Marvel Avengers Blokhedz range, and will have heaps of fun with them,” Mark said.

“Half of the fun comes from collecting and trading Blokhedz to try and get the full set – and the fastest way to do this is to join forces with family and friends. The other half is taking on family and friends in Marvel Avengers Blokhedz games and challenges – like building the biggest or craziest stack.

“The Marvel Avengers Blokhedz Super Heroes and Super-Villains will appeal to Kiwis across generations – everyone has their favourite.”

Z is giving away Marvel Avengers Blokhedz with every $40 spent (excluding tobacco and Lotto products) while stock lasts. Head to z.co.nz/Blokhedz to find out more about the Marvel Avengers Blokhedz characters, games you can play and competitions you can enter.

06/10/2015 - Sustainability news

Z launches Sustainability Code of Conduct for suppliers

Z’s purpose is to solve what matters for a moving world. At Z, we reckon sustainability matters and we’re committed to acting in a way that benefits the future of the communities we operate in and the planet that carries us all, while at the same time sustaining a long term future for our business.

We want to engage with suppliers who share these commitments. The objective of Z’s Supplier Code of Conduct (SCOC) is to set clear expectations of all our suppliers regarding sustainability, providing a framework for meaningful and collaborative partnerships that ultimately work to increase efficiency and reduce our operational environmental impact together.

You can read our SCOC by visiting the Sustainability Code of Conduct for Suppliers page on our website. You can also watch Gerri, Z's Sustainability Manager, explain how the Code of Conduct will work with this video.

28/09/2015 - Sustainability news

Good times at Goodtime

Sometimes, when it comes to being a leader in the sustainability space, you need to take a step back in order to be able to charge forwards.

A few of our South Island-based retailers noticed that the pies being delivered to their sites were wrapped in boxes, which were then delivered in more boxes. The bad news is, that meant a lot of wastage. The good news is, that meant our retailers and site staff were noticing the wastage and were bothered enough by it that they thought to raise the issue with us!

We contacted our friends at Goodtime Pies, who make the delicious Z pies you see in our stores. Goodtimes’ Managing Director, Phil Pollett, reckoned having cartons inside cartons seemed a bit mad to him, too, and he decided to take action. They now deliver pies in recycled plastic crates, which are re-used every time.

“The change has resolved more than just the sustainability issue, as we realised the second carton was creating a second layer of cardboard which was insulating the product and making it harder to get it properly cold,” said Phil.

“It also prevented our drivers from double-checking the deliveries as they do elsewhere in the country. 

“Taking action definitely resulted in wins all round, and we were pleased to hear the feedback from Z – it’s nice to know we're on the right track.”

Anton Hutton, one of Z’s Christchurch retailers, loves the idea.

“This change saves about 600 boxes per week or 31,000 boxes per year for our 16 sites alone. What a huge resource saved for a small change!”

Well done, Phil and team – we reckon this is a fantastic change, and we look forward to more good times ahead!

22/09/2015 - Sustainability news

Annual GRI Review

Last year for our 2015 Annual Report we used the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) Aspects and Indicators framework for the first time. For those that aren’t familiar with GRI, the framework basically gives companies the ability to select the things that really matter to their stakeholders, and then to accurately report against those using an international series of reporting aspects and initiatives.

We received some excellent feedback on our Annual Report last year, including recognition in the Towards Transparency, Best-practice sustainability reporting in New Zealand 2015 Report, and we are looking to continue using the GRI framework in order to make sure our future Annual Reports cover off the things that really matter to our stakeholders.

To make sure we’ve got it right, some of the team here at Z took a look at the aspects we reported against last year, and we’re thinking about making a few changes.

As our stakeholders, we want to hear from you to know what you think. Does the list below cover off the things you’d expect to see from Z? Is there anything missing that you’d like to see covered off?

Please flick us an email with your thoughts to: sustainability@z.co.nz

What Matters GRI Aspect Indicator  
World class Kiwi company Economic performance EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed  
  Compliance SO8 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations new
Options for the future Economic performance EC2 Finanical Implications and other risks and opportunities for the organisation's activities due to climate change
  Fossil Fuel Substitutes OG14 Volume of biofuels produced and purchased meeting sustainability criteria new
Customer Experience Product and Service Labelling PR5 Results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction about the organisation as a whole and major product or service categories
Health, Safety, Security and Environment Effluents and Waste EN24 Total number and volume of significant spills
  Occupational Health and Safety LA5 % of total workforce representated in formal joint management worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programmes
    LA6 Type of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days and absenteeism, and total number of work related fatalities by gender
  Asset Integrity and Process Safety OG13 Number of process safety events, by business activity new
Sustainability Energy EN3 Energy consumption within the organisation
    EN6 Reduction of energy consumption
  Water EN10 % and total volume of water recycled and reused
  Effluents and Waste EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method
  Emissions EN15 Direct GHG emissions scope 1
    EN16 Indirect GHG emissions scope 2
    EN17 Other indirect GHG emissions scope 3
    EN18 GHG emissions intensity new
    EN19 Reduction of GHG emissions
  Transport EN30 Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials for the organisations operations, and transporting members of the workforce
  Suppliers EN33 Significant actual and potential negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken
Community Economic Performance EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed including to community groups
  Local Communities SO1 % of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programmes
Our people Employment LA1 Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group and gender
    LA2 Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees new
    LA3 Return to work and retention rates after parental leave, by gender
  Diversity and Equal Opportunity LA12 Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per employee category according to gender, age group, minority group membership and other indicators of diversity
  Equal Remuneration LA13 Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men by employee category
  Training and Education LA10 Programmes for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings
    LA11 % of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and employee category
Sustainability

14/09/2015 - Sustainability news

Keep New Zealand Beautiful

At Z, we reckon it’s important to keep New Zealand beautiful, and we’re working hard to reduce our waste as much as possible.

In our quest to reduce our waste and keep New Zealand beautiful, we’ve installed forecourt recycling bins at more than half of our retail sites across the country. Many of our customers are keen gardeners and like to keep their own piece of New Zealand beautiful too. So to help them, we give away the used coffee grounds from our food and coffee sites to anyone who wants them.

We recycle cardboard, paper, plastic and glass at our sites, and in some places without a collection service available, our Z staff have got right behind our efforts and take the recycling to the depots themselves! We reckon we may well be the largest privately-funded public place recycler in New Zealand.

In the process of operating our more than 210 retail sites across the country, we’ve worked out that each week we recycle around 7 tonnes of cardboard and paper and 2 tonnes of plastic and glass, and around 1 tonne of food waste goes to commercial compost or local pig farmers.

We’ve also worked out that we send about 4 tonnes of waste to landfill each week, which is a 62% reduction from around 10 tonnes per week in 2012.

Our key secret to this success are our Waste Warriors on sites, who compete annually to send the biggest proportion of their sites’ waste to recycling. The winner this year, Ashleigh at Z Rangiora, led her winning team to recycle a whopping 87% of everything that came off her site! Here at Z, we reckon we’re making good progress on our sustainability journey, and while we’ve still got a way to go, we’re committed to being at the heart of the solution, which means we’re always looking for ways to do things even better and reduce the impact that our operations have.

If Z is for New Zealand, Z is also for Keeping New Zealand Beautiful.

11/09/2015 - General News

Bigger, better, faster, cleaner

Z Energy will soon be able to utilise two brand new tanker vessels with eco-performance engines to ship fuel around the New Zealand coast.

Coastal Oil Logistics Limited (COLL), which transports petroleum products from Refining NZ at Marsden Point to New Zealand’s ports on behalf of its four fuel company shareholders including Z Energy, has just announced that it will charter two brand new tanker vessels to replace its current tankers, the Torea and Kakariki.

The Torea and Kakariki have been in service by COLL for eight and 17 years respectively.

The Torea’s replacement, a 50,000 deadweight tonne (dwt) fuel products tanker, is due to arrive in February 2016. The Kakariki replacement, a 50,000dwt fuel products and bitumen tanker, will be owned by ASP Ship Management Group (ASP) and will begin service in June 2017.

The two new tankers, which are yet to be named, will not only be bigger, better and faster than what’s being used now, they will also have less of an impact on the environment.

When compared to the current vessels being used by COLL, the expected increase in fuel efficiency from these ships is estimated to be approximately 25%.

Z’s Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, said that Z were particularly pleased that COLL had decided on these ships because of the meaningful carbon emission reductions and the state of the art safety systems on board.

“At Z, one of our sustainability goals is to reduce our own carbon intensity, so we were very supportive of COLL selecting the most fuel efficient and safe tanker vessels available to us.

“Our rough calculation suggests that the fuel efficiency savings from the new vessels versus the next best available ship will translate to a reduction of 11,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, per ship for the industry.

“For Z, this represents a 10% reduction in carbon emissions from our downstream distribution activities in New Zealand, and is another step in the right direction,” said Gerri.  

The other significant benefit of two new sister ships is around safety management as it allows for standardised maintenance, operations and training. In addition, the internal vessel systems supporting safety and quality management are all state of the art.

Gerri said that this was also an example of how trying to be more sustainable made good business sense.

“The fuel consumption savings made from the new ships will actually offset the higher upfront cost of building a new ship, and in fact work out to be more economic over time,” said Gerri.

The Kakariki and Torea will be returned to their owners at the end of their current time charter to COLL.

 

01/09/2015 - General News

Z welcomes new independent director

Z Energy Chair, Peter Griffiths, today announced the appointment of Mark Cross to the Z Board as an independent director.

Mark is a professional director with a background of more than 20 years in investment banking in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Mark holds a number of diverse directorships, including with Genesis Energy Limited, Argosy Property Limited, Milford Asset Management and Triathlon New Zealand, and is the Chair of MFL Mutual Fund Limited/Superannuation Investments Limited. Mark is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Peter Griffiths said Mark will bring a wealth of valuable commercial experience to the Z Board.

“Mark has extensive experience in financial markets and in the governance of a range of organisations, including publicly listed companies,” said Peter. “I am very pleased to welcome him to the Z Board.”

Peter Griffiths said the Board has been actively planning for Mark’s recruitment as part of its broader director succession planning process and expects to make further Board appointments over the coming months.

In accordance with the NZX Main Board/Debt Market Listing Rules and the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations, the Board also determined that Mark is an independent director.

Mark’s appointment to the Z Board takes the number of directors to eight, with six independentand two non-independent directors. Mark’s appointment takes effect today.

27/08/2015 - Sustainability news

Going crazily MAD in Auckland

When senior leaders at Western Gas got together to brainstorm ideas as part of Z’s sustainability competition, the group had no trouble identifying Project Twin Streams as an opportunity to make a real difference in their community.

Z had challenged the 3,000 site staff across its retail network to come up with an idea that highlights what sustainability means to them, as part of an annual competition to uncover original and locally-focused sustainability ideas.

Western Gas, which manages thirteen Z sites across the west Auckland region, has been supporting the Twin Streams project group in its drive to improve water quality in Waitakere streams by re-vegetating 56kms of stream banks with native trees and shrubs. The project area surrounds most of the Western Gas sites, making the project a really good fit with Western Gas’ stand of being crazily MAD (Making A Difference) in their community.

On a very cold, windy and rainy Auckland day in August, a group of Western Gas staff got their hands dirty, helping Community Waitakere plant 200+ native trees in the Henderson Creek area (which, for those that don’t know, is particularly close to Z Bruce McLaren, Z Lincoln Road and Z Massey North).

Although an impressive start, this is just the beginning of the Western Gas team’s commitment, and the group are now working with Project Twin Streams to adopt a specific area to look after.

Photo: Mohammed Ilyas, Shahid Iqbal, Harpreet Singh, Abu Hero, Rajinder Singh, Karam Pal, Arvin Autajay get into planting

Z’s Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, says the Western Gas team’s efforts reinforce Z’s incredible site staff and their commitment to sustainability.

“We know our site staff are one of our best assets here at Z, and given they’re out there in the community, we reckon they often have the best local knowledge when it comes to things we could be doing differently.”

“It was great to see the team from Western Gas picking a local project, and one they feel really passionate about.”

Gerri says the company’s competition has been a real success, and has had a great impact in helping Z continue on its sustainability journey.

“At Z, we reckon we’re making good progress on our sustainability journey, and we’re always looking for ways to do things better.

“Based on how well it’s gone this time, we’re looking at holding the competition annually – this will help us to source other original, locally-focussed and scalable ideas from across Z’s retail network.”

 

 

17/08/2015 - Sustainability news

Drive yourself to a holiday each year

Last winter, Christchurch-based truck driver Surita Heyden joined Z’s team of ‘eco drivers’ in a challenge to find New Zealand’s most efficient driver.

One year on, Surita, her husband and their daughter have found themselves not only saving money on their fuel costs, but also driving more safely as a result of what they learned through Z’s training.

“We reckon we’ve saved more than $600 in fuel costs over the last 12 months, which is incredible. What’s also been amazing is the influence we’ve been able to have on our family and friends – just sharing the tips we’ve learned, and the money we’ve saved,” says Surita.

Figuring out that the most efficient way to drive isn’t about maintaining a constant speed was an important realisation.

“There was a real ‘a-ha!’ moment for me when I realised that it’s actually about throttle control, and not about travelling at a constant speed. Instead of driving constantly at 100km/h on the open road, which uses a lot of energy, I realised practising throttle control gives me all the momentum I need to get up and over a hill.”

Even though she already considered herself an eco- and safety-conscious driver, Surita is quick to point out that being even more eco-efficient has had its challenges.

“I’ve had to learn to check myself when I’m frustrated – you know, when you just want to floor the accelerator and get away from the slow driver in front of you.

“I’ve learned to be a lot calmer in the car than I was before, because my focus is different now – instead of trying to get from A to B in 10 seconds, for me now it’s about getting from A to B more safely, and while using less energy.”

Driving more defensively, keeping an eye on the hill (or slow vehicle) coming up ahead and adjusting your driving accordingly, are all important not only for being a more efficient driver, but also for being safer on the road.

“The fact that you’re always looking 20 seconds ahead has been great. It gives you a lot more time for decision-making, and means I can comfortably and safely apply the eco-techniques that we’ve learned.

“It’s also given me time to make good decisions – to observe what’s around me, and make better calls as a result. I’ve definitely found myself driving more proactively than reactively.”

Z’s Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, says while it may sound counterintuitive for a fuel company to help customers to use less fuel, the eco-driver training was a really natural fit for the company.

“As a kiwi company on the journey to running a more sustainable business, our sustainability programme has to include helping our customers to be able to reduce their own carbon footprint, as well as focusing on our own”, says Gerri. “It was a real buzz seeing how much Surita and the other eco-drivers gained from undertaking the training, and the benefits they’ve seen over the past year”. The proof has been in the pudding for Surita and her family, however, who say the evidence of the fuel – and dollar - savings they’ve made is what’s really driven the changes home.

“When I sat down and worked it out, I thought – I can have another good holiday every year with all the money I’ve saved! That was what really cemented the changes for me personally.”


Eco-drivers Surita Heyden (L) and Z’s Aviation Admin Officer, Christine Parker (R), met during the Z training and still catch up regularly for coffee.

10/08/2015 - Sustainability news

Tourists help with New Zealand’s ‘clean, green’ image

Photo: Matt, from our Christchurch office, and Kevin and Lynne Burns from Z’s ‘Scenic South’ retail cluster.

Tourists arriving in Queenstown can now play their part in maintaining New Zealand’s clean, green image thanks to a recycling pilot which will see degradable bags for recyclable waste put into rental vehicles leaving the region.

The initiative, a partnership between Z Energy and Tourism Holdings (THL), was the winning idea from Z’s recent sustainability competition in which it challenged the 3,000 site staff across its retail network to come up with an idea that highlights what sustainability means to them and their neighbourhoods.

“At Z, we reckon we’re making good progress on our sustainability journey, and we’re always looking for ways to do things better,” says Z’s Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward.

“Our incredible site staff are one of our best assets here at Z, and given they’re out there in the community, we reckon they often have the best local knowledge when it comes to things we could be doing differently.”

Z’s ‘Scenic South’ retail cluster, led by Kevin and Lynne Burns from Queenstown, submitted the winning idea after experiencing issues with visitors to Queenstown dumping mixed waste rubbish.

“Kevin and Lynne identified an issue with campervans and rental cars, especially those on key tourist routes in the region, dumping bags of non-recyclable rubbish in – or even outside - the forecourt recycling bins at a number of Z stations,” says Gerri.

“Their suggestion – providing tourists with different coloured bags so they could sort their waste inside their vehicles and separate out those recyclables – was a fantastic one, and exactly the kind of thing we were after with this competition.”

For THL, partnering with Z to support the initiative was a natural fit.

“As one of the largest providers of holiday campervans for rent and sale in New Zealand, we thought that enabling visitors to New Zealand to sort their own rubbish by fitting out our campervans and rental vehicles with separate bags was a brilliant idea,” says THL’s Queenstown Acting Branch Manager, Teresa Blanpain.

“Both Queenstown and the Central Otago region in general are tourist hot spots, and areas where a lot of our customers start their journeys, so it seemed like the perfect location to trial the pilot.”

Gerri says the company’s sustainability competition was a hit, with 77 ideas submitted from across Z’s national retail network.

“We reckon we’re going to be able to implement around three quarters of them, which is obviously a great result for Z and for our communities.

“Working with THL to get the separate waste and recycling bags into all of the rental campervans leaving Queenstown from early August is a great start, and we look forward to seeing these pre-sorted bags turning up on our Z sites.”

Z says it plans to hold the competition annually to source other original, locally-focused and scalable ideas from its retail site staff network. 

 

27/07/2015 - General News

Groups to do more good in the hood with $250,000

 

Fourteen neighbourhood groups have been ‘supercharged’ for 2015 with a share of $250,000 from Z Energy.
The Good in the Hood Supercharger funding will deliver benefits in communities across New Zealand — from helping the Child Cancer Foundation launch a new programme to keep families in touch to getting a Sweet Louise nurse on the road in Palmerston North and opening a new clinic for victims of sexual assault in the Bay of Plenty.
The 14 worthy groups were supported this year through Z’s Good in the Hood programme and selected for Supercharger based on voting by Z customers and frontline staff at Z stations. 
New Zealanders also had their say about how the money was allocated, posting hundreds of comments on the groups’ video pitches explaining what they’d do with extra funding at z.co.nz.
The decision on how to allocate the funding was made by a panel led by Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts, and including frontline service station staff and operators.
“The groups are all doing an incredible amount of good in our communities and they put forward some really compelling pitches to share in the funding,” Z’s Community Manager Christine Langdon said.
The Child Cancer Foundation was a top favourite, with five of its branches selected across the country. They have received $60,000 to establish a pilot programme to help newly diagnosed children keep in touch with their family, classmates and teachers.
Z Supercharger funding will enable the Child Cancer Foundation to purchase tablets loaded with specially-designed apps to help children undergoing cancer treatment in Auckland and Christchurch to understand what they are going through, and to stay connected with their school, family and friends at home — which in most instances is in another town or city.
“We’re thrilled that Good in the Hood Supercharger funding will enable 14 outstanding groups to do even more good in our local communities. For some of the groups it means they can do projects this year that they wouldn’t have had the funding to otherwise do,” says Christine.
“We’re also thrilled that we were able to partner with Toyota New Zealand to do even more good for two groups that were looking for Supercharger funding to buy vehicles.”
Toyota New Zealand has contributed significantly to help Sweet Louise to get a nurse on the road in Palmerston North and the Disabled Citizens Society in Otago to purchase a van to move around equipment needed for its work and training centre.
“We reckon that’s incredibly generous of Toyota and will make a huge difference for the groups and the people they work with.”
The Supercharger groups are among hundreds across New Zealand to be part of Z’s Good in the Hood programme this year. Those groups have already shared in close to $1 million — with $4,000 divided between four neighbourhood groups at each Z station, depending on how customers voted in Z stores during May.
Another $1,000 per station has also been set aside for Z’s local Retailers to support other neighbourhood groups and projects throughout the year.
The 14 Supercharged groups are:

Fourteen neighbourhood groups have been ‘supercharged’ for 2015 with a share of $250,000 from Z Energy.

The Good in the Hood Supercharger funding will deliver benefits in communities across New Zealand — from helping the Child Cancer Foundation launch a new programme to keep families in touch to getting a Sweet Louise nurse on the road in Palmerston North and opening a new clinic for victims of sexual assault in the Bay of Plenty.

The 14 worthy groups were supported this year through Z’s Good in the Hood programme and selected for Supercharger based on voting by Z customers and frontline staff at Z stations. 

New Zealanders also had their say about how the money was allocated, posting hundreds of comments on the groups’ video pitches explaining what they’d do with extra funding at z.co.nz.

The decision on how to allocate the funding was made by a panel led by Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts, and including frontline service station staff and operators.

“The groups are all doing an incredible amount of good in our communities and they put forward some really compelling pitches to share in the funding,” Z’s Community Manager Christine Langdon said.

The Child Cancer Foundation was a top favourite, with five of its branches selected across the country. They have received $60,000 to establish a pilot programme to help newly diagnosed children keep in touch with their family, classmates and teachers.

Z Supercharger funding will enable the Child Cancer Foundation to purchase tablets loaded with specially-designed apps to help children undergoing cancer treatment in Auckland and Christchurch to understand what they are going through, and to stay connected with their school, family and friends at home — which in most instances is in another town or city.

“We’re thrilled that Good in the Hood Supercharger funding will enable 14 outstanding groups to do even more good in our local communities. For some of the groups it means they can do projects this year that they wouldn’t have had the funding to otherwise do,” says Christine.

“We’re also thrilled that we were able to partner with Toyota New Zealand to do even more good for two groups that were looking for Supercharger funding to buy vehicles.”

Toyota New Zealand has contributed significantly to help Sweet Louise to get a nurse on the road in Palmerston North and the Disabled Citizens Society in Otago to purchase a van to move around equipment needed for its work and training centre.

“We reckon that’s incredibly generous of Toyota and will make a huge difference for the groups and the people they work with.”

The Supercharger groups are among hundreds across New Zealand to be part of Z’s Good in the Hood programme this year. Those groups have already shared in close to $1 million — with $4,000 divided between four neighbourhood groups at each Z station, depending on how customers voted in Z stores during May.

Another $1,000 per station has also been set aside for Z’s local Retailers to support other neighbourhood groups and projects throughout the year.

The 14 Supercharged groups are:

 

Successful groups Region Amount Purpose
Blind Foundation Auckland $18,000 Guide dog centre upgrade
Coastguard Hibiscus Auckland $10,000 Towards floating dock purchase
Mana Volunteer Coastguard Wellington $10,000 Towards floating dock purchase
Sweet Louise Manawatu / Taranaki $18,000 Vehicle and fuel
Bay of Plenty Sexual Assault Services Bay of Plenty $20,000 New support service in Whakatane
Life Education Counties Manukau $18,000 Take their mobile classroom to 1000 more children
Disabled Citizens Society Otago $37,000 New forklift and vehicle to support employment creation
Child Cancer Foundation Auckland, Hamilton, Hastings, Wellington, Otago/Southland $60,000 Keeping Families in touch pilot programme
Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Christchurch $8,625 Air mission funding (one mission)
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Waikato Waikato $10,000 Winch trainer upgrade for night training
Camp Quality Christchurch $5,500 Summer camp activities for 55 children living with cancer
Heart Kids Waikato $13,000 Parents' conference, family get-togethers and fuel
Wellington Free Ambulance Wellington $10,000 Towards putting another ambulance on the road
St John Christchurch $12,000 Train 12 additional volunteers

 

For more information or to arrange an interview with Z or a Supercharger group, contact Christine Langdon, Community Manager, on 04 498 0223 or christine.langdon@z.co.nz

09/07/2015 - General News

Z to supercharge local groups’ 2015 with $250,000

Neighbourhood groups doing extra good in their hoods have been selected to receive a share of $250,000 from Z Energy to help ‘supercharge’ their 2015.

The 14 groups were chosen after in-store voting for Good in the Hood by customers at every Z site throughout May, and then regional voting by Z site staff.

Now it’s up to New Zealanders to tell Z how they reckon the funding should be allocated between the successful groups.

The groups range from Mana Volunteer Coastguard and Bay of Plenty Sexual Assault Support Services in the North, to Camp Quality Christchurch and Disabled Citizens Society Otago in the South. The Child Cancer Foundation was also a top favourite, with five of its branches selected across the country.

Inspiring video pitches from all the groups about what they’d do with extra funding in 2015 are available from now until 19 July at Z.co.nz, and the public is being invited to tell Z what they reckon. Groups could receive anything from $1,000 to $100,000.

The final decision on how to share the $250,000 will be made on 20 July by a panel led by Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts.

Z Community Manger Christine Langdon says the panel will have some tough decisions to make. “Ultimately, they’ll be looking to allocate the $250,000 in a way that will help people who need it in our communities around NZ.

“The chosen groups do a power of good in their local communities and we’re delighted to be supporting them through Good in the Hood Supercharger.”

The Supercharger groups are among hundreds across New Zealand to be part of Z’s Good in the Hood programme this year. Those groups have already shared in close to $1 million — with $4,000 divided between four neighbourhood groups at each Z station, depending on how customers voted in Z stores during May.

Another $1,000 per station has also been set aside for Z’s local Retailers to support other neighbourhood groups and projects throughout the year.

For a full list of successful Supercharger groups, and to view their pitch videos, visit www.z.co.nz/goodinthehood 

01/07/2015 - General News

Commerce Commission application filed

Z Energy today said its application to the Commerce Commission for the company’s acquisition of Chevron New Zealand has been filed and is now available on the Commission’s website at www.comcom.govt.nz.
Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said anytime competitors merged it was appropriate for the competitive implications to be thoroughly examined. He said while the application was for a significant transaction, the company was confident in the strength of its application and looked forward to working with the Commission to process it.
Key points in Z’s application are that:
 Global fuel companies are likely to continue to look to exit small, mature markets like New Zealand and Z, as a local company that only services the domestic market, is the best buyer of these assets for New Zealand
 New Zealand’s liquid fuel supply chain is currently operated in a range of joint ventures, so there is no lessening of competition across the supply chain
 The Caltex and Z branded service station networks are largely complementary in that significant consumer choice will remain following the transaction. For example, across New Zealand there are just five instances of where there is only a Z and a Caltex-branded service station together within a radius of five kilometres
 The business models of the two brands are completely different and again complementary, with Caltex-branded service stations owned and operated by independent business people who set their own fuel prices.
Z Energy said the process of working through the application with the Commission would now continue and was expected to take a number of months.

Z Energy today said its application to the Commerce Commission for the company’s acquisition of Chevron New Zealand has been filed and is now available on the Commission’s website at www.comcom.govt.nz.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said anytime competitors merged it was appropriate for the competitive implications to be thoroughly examined. He said while the application was for a significant transaction, the company was confident in the strength of its application and looked forward to working with the Commission to process it.

Key points in Z’s application are that:

 Global fuel companies are likely to continue to look to exit small, mature markets like New Zealand and Z, as a local company that only services the domestic market, is the best buyer of these assets for New Zealand

 New Zealand’s liquid fuel supply chain is currently operated in a range of joint ventures, so there is no lessening of competition across the supply chain

 The Caltex and Z branded service station networks are largely complementary in that significant consumer choice will remain following the transaction. For example, across New Zealand there are just five instances of where there is only a Z and a Caltex-branded service station together within a radius of five kilometres

 The business models of the two brands are completely different and again complementary, with Caltex-branded service stations owned and operated by independent business people who set their own fuel prices.

Z Energy said the process of working through the application with the Commission would now continue and was expected to take a number of months.

12/06/2015 - Sustainability news

Inspiring grassroots sustainability

At Z, sustainability is not only about setting ambitious targets, measuring and managing progress; it’s also about inspiring people to get into action on site.

Nigel Andrews, our Retailer in Nelson, is a great example of how a fantastic attitude and empowering leadership can make a real difference to our local environment.

Nigel Andrews runs Z sites in Nelson, Picton, Blenheim and Greymouth and won the Nelsonian of the Year Award for Business in January 2015. 

Nigel’s leadership has empowered and inspired his team to get after sustainability in their own activities. The cluster office has worked with magazine suppliers to reduce the number of deliveries; resulting in over 4,500 less unsold magazines ending up in the recycling bins over the past year.  With an additional concerted focus on waste since last June the team had reduced their general waste charges by a whopping 46% by February this year.

Nigel got in touch last year to see if there were some eco-driving tips he could share with drivers, in order to help them save fuel. We happily shared EECA’s fuel-saving tips brochures with him, which he’s handed out to passing drivers; doing the right thing by the environment, and saving our customers money.

Long-term, effective results aren’t possible without a team effort and Nigel is excellent at getting his staff motivated and supporting them to make a difference.

One great example is Charline Hickesey at Z Grove Road, who has gone out of her way to work with site teams and local community groups to find ways that waste from sites can be re-used or recycled.

“It just makes sense,” says Nigel. “You can help save the environment, save money, and get a better handle on where the inefficiencies are in your business by acting sustainably.”

So, what’s Nigel’s secret to achieving great sustainable outcomes?

“Consistently educating and inspiring your teams, getting them motivated and then providing them with the tools and support to get after great results,” says Nigel.

We reckon that sounds like an awesome recipe for success.

05/06/2015 - General News

Z announced as Best Employer

Z Energy has been announced as a 2015 Aon Hewitt Best Employer. The award recognises
Z as one of New Zealand’s best employers.
This annual award recognises the best employers across New Zealand and Australia by examining 
employee engagement scores and people practices.
Z Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts said the company is really proud to be recognised as a best 
employer in New Zealand and believes it’s a real testament to the company’s commitment to its 
people.
“Being recognised as a best employer truly reflects the investment we’ve made in our people, 
culture, and leadership practices since day one,” says Mike.
Z is the only Best Employer across Australasia who is also accredited as an Aon Hewitt Top Company 
for Leaders.
Z’s focus on people and leadership has come from the bottom up, with its company values and 
leadership framework being generated by simply asking its people what mattered to them.
“Each area of employee engagement and leadership has been developed by our people, for our people.
“Taking this approach has meant our people are fully engaged in what the company stands for, 
because ultimately it’s what they already stood for and expected as individuals.”
One area that Z has focussed on is its leadership framework which links directly to business 
outcomes, including financial performance measures.
“We invest in the growth and development of our people because we ultimately believe that it is our 
people who deliver our results.
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“It is through demonstrating extraordinary leadership our people are able to deliver the 
extraordinary results that our stakeholders and shareholders expect.
Z firmly stands behind research that points to organisations with high employee engagement 
outperforming their peers and has seen this play out within the company.
“We’re very proud to be recognised as a best employer, however we realise that we must continue to 
be relentless in this space,” said Mike.
The Best Employer recognition adds to Z’s other recent acknowledgements, with the company also 
being listed as New Zealand’s second most reputable company in the Colmar Brunton Top 20 Reputation 
Index last month.

Z Energy has been announced as a 2015 Aon Hewitt Best Employer. The award recognises Z as one of New Zealand’s best employers.

This annual award recognises the best employers across New Zealand and Australia by examining employee engagement scores and people practices.

Z Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts said the company is really proud to be recognised as a best employer in New Zealand and believes it’s a real testament to the company’s commitment to its people.

“Being recognised as a best employer truly reflects the investment we’ve made in our people, culture, and leadership practices since day one,” says Mike.

Z is the only Best Employer across Australasia who is also accredited as an Aon Hewitt Top Company for Leaders.

Z’s focus on people and leadership has come from the bottom up, with its company values and leadership framework being generated by simply asking its people what mattered to them.

“Each area of employee engagement and leadership has been developed by our people, for our people.

“Taking this approach has meant our people are fully engaged in what the company stands for, because ultimately it’s what they already stood for and expected as individuals.”

One area that Z has focussed on is its leadership framework which links directly to business outcomes, including financial performance measures.

“We invest in the growth and development of our people because we ultimately believe that it is our people who deliver our results. 3 Queens Wharf

“It is through demonstrating extraordinary leadership our people are able to deliver the extraordinary results that our stakeholders and shareholders expect.

Z firmly stands behind research that points to organisations with high employee engagement outperforming their peers and has seen this play out within the company.

“We’re very proud to be recognised as a best employer, however we realise that we must continue to be relentless in this space,” said Mike.

The Best Employer recognition adds to Z’s other recent acknowledgements, with the company also being listed as New Zealand’s second most reputable company in the Colmar Brunton Top 20 Reputation Index last month.

04/06/2015 - Sustainability news

Z’s submission on setting New Zealand’s post-2020 climate change target

In December 2015, countries will meet in Paris to establish a new international climate change agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). An important part of the agreement will be the individual contributions that each country makes to address climate change. Specifically, all countries have been asked to put forward a target to reduce emissions after 2020 as part of their contribution, in advance of the Paris meeting.

The Government has called for submissions on the post-2020 climate change target. The timeframe for consultation was short (2 weeks) and public and business interest in submitting on what New Zealand’s contribution should be has been very high. In short, this is our one chance to influence what the New Zealand Government’s positon should be at international negotiations on climate change, at a critical point on this inarguable global environmental threat.

At Z we believe all parts of the economy have a role to play in reducing our emissions, from government and the public sector to households and the private sector. We believe New Zealand has the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to innovative and constructive solutions to climate change, and to benefit economically from them; locally and globally. Z is committed to being a part of this journey.

You can read Z’s submission here.

 

02/06/2015 - General News

Z Energy to acquire Chevron transport fuel business

Z Energy has signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation to acquire 100 per cent of Chevron New Zealand.
The acquisition is subject to clearance under the Commerce Act 1986 and consent of the Overseas Investment Office (OIO).
Z is paying NZ$785 million for all of the shares of Chevron New Zealand, the owner of Chevron’s downstream operations in New Zealand, including Chevron-owned service stations and lubricant interests. The proposed acquisition excludes Chevron’s upstream interests and Chevron New Zealand recently sold its shareholding interest in Refining NZ.
Z Energy Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, said the acquisition was a major opportunity in the company’s development, with substantial advantages for the New Zealand market.
“Z is a Kiwi company, all of our people live here and we’re all completely focused only on serving the New Zealand market and Kiwi customers. Over the past five years we have proven our commitment to New Zealand as demonstrated through our investment in local communities, new customer offers like pay at pump, and developing alternative renewable fuels through a $25 million investment in the country’s first commercial scale biodiesel plant.
“Customers can expect us to continue to provide service and choice by investing in new offers, there will be new jobs created as we bring back roles from offshore, and our many shareholders can expect to benefit from a more efficient company.”
Mike Bennetts said Z is the best positioned and most logical buyer of the Caltex business both for the future of the industry and for New Zealand.
“Like the creation of Z five years ago, this acquisition bucks the trend of Kiwi companies being sold offshore. Instead, this transaction represents another example of bringing the New Zealand operations of a multinational company directly into the ownership and exclusive operation of a company that has recently been recognised as having one of the strongest and most trusted corporate reputations in New Zealand,” he said.
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“The New Zealand transport fuels market is and will remain highly competitive,” he said. “As New Zealanders know, Z and Caltex are only two players in a very dynamic marketplace in which there are currently five importers of refined fuel and crude oil and where motorists have the choice of at least a dozen fuel retailers.”
There will be benefits for the expanded company from procurement, operating cost and supply chain efficiencies achievable under common ownership and systems.
Mike Bennetts said Z will operate two brands throughout the combined service station network. Z will continue with its new build programme on prime sites around New Zealand, and on delivering choice and the best possible service to New Zealand motorists and transport operators.
“The acquisition is also a great fit with our longer term market growth strategy. Caltex is a successful and highly attractive business in New Zealand and the acquisition means we can use the scale of the combined operation for the expanded supply of biodiesel to a broader market.”
Mike Bennetts said the Commerce Commission and Overseas Investment Office processes were expected to take some months. “It is very much business as usual for Z, with a continued focus on safety, people and operational excellence.”
The transaction will be financed through a combination of existing cash, committed term debt and standby facilities together with an expected underwritten pro rata equity raising which will occur closer to settlement.
Z is advised by Goldman Sachs New Zealand Limited, together with Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, Chapman Tripp and PwC.

Z Energy has signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation to acquire 100 per cent of Chevron New Zealand.

The acquisition is subject to clearance under the Commerce Act 1986 and consent of the Overseas Investment Office (OIO).

Z is paying NZ$785 million for all of the shares of Chevron New Zealand, the owner of Chevron’s downstream operations in New Zealand, including Chevron-owned service stations and lubricant interests. The proposed acquisition excludes Chevron’s upstream interests and Chevron New Zealand recently sold its shareholding interest in Refining NZ.

Z Energy Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, said the acquisition was a major opportunity in the company’s development, with substantial advantages for the New Zealand market.

“Z is a Kiwi company, all of our people live here and we’re all completely focused only on serving the New Zealand market and Kiwi customers. Over the past five years we have proven our commitment to New Zealand as demonstrated through our investment in local communities, new customer offers like pay at pump, and developing alternative renewable fuels through a $25 million investment in the country’s first commercial scale biodiesel plant.

“Customers can expect us to continue to provide service and choice by investing in new offers, there will be new jobs created as we bring back roles from offshore, and our many shareholders can expect to benefit from a more efficient company.”

Mike Bennetts said Z is the best positioned and most logical buyer of the Caltex business both for the future of the industry and for New Zealand.

“Like the creation of Z five years ago, this acquisition bucks the trend of Kiwi companies being sold offshore. Instead, this transaction represents another example of bringing the New Zealand operations of a multinational company directly into the ownership and exclusive operation of a company that has recently been recognised as having one of the strongest and most trusted corporate reputations in New Zealand,” he said.

“The New Zealand transport fuels market is and will remain highly competitive,” he said. “As New Zealanders know, Z and Caltex are only two players in a very dynamic marketplace in which there are currently five importers of refined fuel and crude oil and where motorists have the choice of at least a dozen fuel retailers.”

There will be benefits for the expanded company from procurement, operating cost and supply chain efficiencies achievable under common ownership and systems.

Mike Bennetts said Z will operate two brands throughout the combined service station network. Z will continue with its new build programme on prime sites around New Zealand, and on delivering choice and the best possible service to New Zealand motorists and transport operators.

“The acquisition is also a great fit with our longer term market growth strategy. Caltex is a successful and highly attractive business in New Zealand and the acquisition means we can use the scale of the combined operation for the expanded supply of biodiesel to a broader market.”

Mike Bennetts said the Commerce Commission and Overseas Investment Office processes were expected to take some months. “It is very much business as usual for Z, with a continued focus on safety, people and operational excellence.”

The transaction will be financed through a combination of existing cash, committed term debt and standby facilities together with an expected underwritten pro rata equity raising which will occur closer to settlement.

Z is advised by Goldman Sachs New Zealand Limited, together with Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, Chapman Tripp and PwC.

Sustainability General

29/05/2015 - Sustainability news

What we do at home

We wondered how committed our office teams were to sustainability at home... So we asked!

We found out that out of 114 Z staff surveyed...

 

 

 

07/05/2015 - Submissions and Presentations

New Zealand Supply Chain Resilience Report

We recognise the importance of ensuring New Zealand has resilient supply chains, and through this commitment have sponsored a report into the resilience of New Zealand's supply chain. The report looks into the lessons learned from the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014 and can be found here.

07/05/2015 - General News

FY15 results announcement

Result and final dividend
Z Energy Limited (Z) announced it had delivered a solid result for the year ended March 2015 by
actively managing volatility in both the domestic and global fuel markets.
This equated to a Historical Cost Net Profit After Tax (HC NPAT)1 of $7 million.
Z posted Replacement Cost Operating EBITDAF2 of $241 million, up from $219 million for the prior
corresponding period.
The Z Board has declared a fully imputed final dividend of 16.5 cents per share, which will be paid on
3 June 2015. This brings total dividends to 24.2 cents per share for FY15 and compares to 22 cents
per share for the prior corresponding period.
Integration the key to managing volatility
Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said Z had focused on operating as an integrated company to deliver
the result at the top of the guided range.
Mike Bennetts said this had been a year of volatility in which local refining had experienced the most
variable operating environment in 20 years. Also, during the second half of the period, crude oil prices
halved between October and January.
“Our view is that despite these swings, through disciplined margin management, firming volumes by
matching competitor price discounting and running the entire business in an integrated fashion, that
this performance is largely the result of focussed, effective management,” said Mike.
The improvement in refining margins in the second half of the financial year, saw all of Z’s fee floor
payments to the refinery paid back in full before the end of the 2014 calendar year. The refining
contribution to full year earnings was $31 million, up from $24 million in the prior corresponding period.
1. Z’s statutory NPAT earnings are prepared on an historical cost basis as required by NZ GAAP. Earnings prepared on this basis are subject to fluctuations in
the value and volume of stock sold over the period due to changes in oil prices, exchange rates and deliveries.
2. Replacement Cost Operating Earnings Before Interest, Taxation, Depreciation (including gains and losses on the disposal of fixed assets), Amortisation and
Fair Value movements on interest rate derivatives.
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PO Box 2091
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Additionally, the joint crude oil procurement and refining programme between Z and another refinery
customer delivered the projected benefits over the course of the financial year.
Competition, margins, reinvestment
At Z’s half year result announcement in November 2014, the company said the competitive
environment was the strongest in the company’s history.
That dynamic has not changed in the second half of the year with strong local price discounting
continuing to occur – at times up to 35 cents per litre off the national main port price.
“While Z’s commitment to match up and compete on discounted prices has meant that up to 40% of
its retail fuel volume has been discounted, this reduces margins on total retail volumes, however
tactical pricing has firmed the company’s fuel volumes over the second half of the year,” said Mike.
Mike Bennetts acknowledged that over the second half of the financial year there had been a public
conversation around fuel margins and industry profitability in the context of a rapidly falling oil price.
Reporting its results today ensured facts are available for all stakeholders.
“We can understand why there were questions being asked because the only publicly available data
outside of Z’s own disclosures is increasingly inaccurate and ignores most of the elements of a highly
competitive market.
“Z’s full year results were in line with what we forecast in May 2014. They show a moderate gross
margin expansion over the period, an increase in operating costs and a higher replacement cost net
profit after tax – including the growing contribution from Z’s convenience store sales. This is
equivalent to 5.2 cents per litre, up from 4.4 cents per litre in the previous corresponding period.”
Mike Bennetts noted that improved margins were supported by investing $70 million into a variety of
growth and maintenance projects as well as organic growth from selling higher margin products in its
stores and its decisions not to sell large volumes of fuel to commercial customers on uneconomic
terms.
“Z wholeheartedly supports the right of our customers to know how much money we make, and how,”
said Mike Bennetts. “What today’s results show is that Z’s returns are reasonable and consumers
continue to receive fair value from a highly competitive market.”
Z’s Return on Average Capital Employed (ROACE) for the full year was 15%, comparable with returns
generated from other listed retailer companies3.
3. Listed Retailers: Briscoe Group, Kathmandu, Michael Hill, Restaurant Brands, Spark New Zealand and the Warehouse.
Strategy and growth
Z is now a full year into its ‘strengthening the core’ strategy, which will deliver an incremental $40 -
$50 million of RC Operating EBITDAF over its duration, on top of the company’s underlying
performance.
The strategy is focused on delivering customer value through:
• Building new-to-industry retail service stations
• Continuing to develop the tier one retail store offer and customer speed initiatives
• Upgrading the retail tier two store offer
• Delivering benefits through the company’s crude oil and refined fuel supply chains
• Continually optimising the Commercial customer portfolio.
Within the year’s $241 million of earnings, $8 million relates specifically to this strategy which is
expected to be at a run rate of $14 million in FY16.
“A year into this strategy and we are making solid progress to grow the business. Over FY15 we have
completed four new-to-industry retail service stations, rebuilt seven service stations from the ground
up, grown store sales by 11% and now have pay-at-pump options at 120 retail sites,” Mike said.
Z anticipates network growth and a full development pipeline for FY16 with five new-to-industry sites
planned to be built. Three of these will open by the end of July with the remainder over the rest of
the financial year. Z has also taken opportunities to close low volume sites as investment decisions
arose over the year.
“We have renegotiated further price improvements in our refined fuel supply agreements with a
Korean refiner and continue to look within the global market for further supply opportunities.
“Additionally, Z backed the decision to spend $365 million on the Te Mahi Hou upgrade programme
at Refining New Zealand and we look forward to the benefits from this investment which will be
complete in November this year.”
Infrastructure investment
Mike Bennetts said he still held concerns around the lack of resilience in the fuel supply chain and
was committed to leading the response to it.
“One metric we think matters in New Zealand is that since acquiring this company five years ago, Z
has more than doubled the rate of investment in the industry, having spent $316 million of capex over
the last five years,” said Mike.
“Despite the investment that is occurring, more is required – particularly in the context of the forced
closure of some South Island storage tanks. In this context, Z is currently reviewing the resource
consents it holds to build bulk storage terminals at the ports of Lyttelton and Mount Maunganui, with
a particular focus on the Lyttelton development in terms of the security of South Island supply.”
Outlook and guidance
Mike Bennetts said the FY16 financial year would be tightly focused on executing the company’s
growth strategy.
Guidance for the 2016 financial year is for RC Operating EBITDAF between $245 million and $265
million supported by capital investment between $70 million and $90 million.

A year of two halves (following a half of two quarters)

Result and final dividend

Z Energy Limited (Z) announced it had delivered a solid result for the year ended March 2015 by actively managing volatility in both the domestic and global fuel markets.

This equated to a Historical Cost Net Profit After Tax (HC NPAT) of $7 million.

Z posted Replacement Cost Operating EBITDAF of $241 million, up from $219 million for the prior corresponding period. The Z Board has declared a fully imputed final dividend of 16.5 cents per share, which will be paid on 3 June 2015. This brings total dividends to 24.2 cents per share for FY15 and compares to 22 cents per share for the prior corresponding period.

Integration the key to managing volatility

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said Z had focused on operating as an integrated company to deliver the result at the top of the guided range.

Mike Bennetts said this had been a year of volatility in which local refining had experienced the most variable operating environment in 20 years. Also, during the second half of the period, crude oil prices halved between October and January.

“Our view is that despite these swings, through disciplined margin management, firming volumes by matching competitor price discounting and running the entire business in an integrated fashion, that this performance is largely the result of focussed, effective management,” said Mike.

The improvement in refining margins in the second half of the financial year, saw all of Z’s fee floor payments to the refinery paid back in full before the end of the 2014 calendar year. The refining contribution to full year earnings was $31 million, up from $24 million in the prior corresponding period.

Additionally, the joint crude oil procurement and refining programme between Z and another refinery customer delivered the projected benefits over the course of the financial year.

Competition, margins, reinvestment

At Z’s half year result announcement in November 2014, the company said the competitive environment was the strongest in the company’s history.

That dynamic has not changed in the second half of the year with strong local price discounting continuing to occur – at times up to 35 cents per litre off the national main port price.

“While Z’s commitment to match up and compete on discounted prices has meant that up to 40% of its retail fuel volume has been discounted, this reduces margins on total retail volumes, however tactical pricing has firmed the company’s fuel volumes over the second half of the year,” said Mike.

Mike Bennetts acknowledged that over the second half of the financial year there had been a public conversation around fuel margins and industry profitability in the context of a rapidly falling oil price. Reporting its results today ensured facts are available for all stakeholders.

“We can understand why there were questions being asked because the only publicly available data outside of Z’s own disclosures is increasingly inaccurate and ignores most of the elements of a highly competitive market.

“Z’s full year results were in line with what we forecast in May 2014. They show a moderate gross margin expansion over the period, an increase in operating costs and a higher replacement cost net profit after tax – including the growing contribution from Z’s convenience store sales. This is equivalent to 5.2 cents per litre, up from 4.4 cents per litre in the previous corresponding period.”

Mike Bennetts noted that improved margins were supported by investing $70 million into a variety of growth and maintenance projects as well as organic growth from selling higher margin products in its stores and its decisions not to sell large volumes of fuel to commercial customers on uneconomic terms.

“Z wholeheartedly supports the right of our customers to know how much money we make, and how,” said Mike Bennetts. “What today’s results show is that Z’s returns are reasonable and consumers continue to receive fair value from a highly competitive market.”

Z’s Return on Average Capital Employed (ROACE) for the full year was 15%, comparable with returns generated from other listed retailer companies.

Strategy and growth

Z is now a full year into its ‘strengthening the core’ strategy, which will deliver an incremental $40 - $50 million of RC Operating EBITDAF over its duration, on top of the company’s underlying performance.

The strategy is focused on delivering customer value through:

• Building new-to-industry retail service stations

• Continuing to develop the tier one retail store offer and customer speed initiatives

• Upgrading the retail tier two store offer

• Delivering benefits through the company’s crude oil and refined fuel supply chains

• Continually optimising the Commercial customer portfolio.

Within the year’s $241 million of earnings, $8 million relates specifically to this strategy which is expected to be at a run rate of $14 million in FY16.

“A year into this strategy and we are making solid progress to grow the business. Over FY15 we have completed four new-to-industry retail service stations, rebuilt seven service stations from the ground up, grown store sales by 11% and now have pay-at-pump options at 120 retail sites,” Mike said.

Z anticipates network growth and a full development pipeline for FY16 with five new-to-industry sites planned to be built. Three of these will open by the end of July with the remainder over the rest of the financial year. Z has also taken opportunities to close low volume sites as investment decisions arose over the year.

“We have renegotiated further price improvements in our refined fuel supply agreements with a Korean refiner and continue to look within the global market for further supply opportunities.

“Additionally, Z backed the decision to spend $365 million on the Te Mahi Hou upgrade programme at Refining New Zealand and we look forward to the benefits from this investment which will be complete in November this year.”

Infrastructure investment

Mike Bennetts said he still held concerns around the lack of resilience in the fuel supply chain and was committed to leading the response to it.

“One metric we think matters in New Zealand is that since acquiring this company five years ago, Z has more than doubled the rate of investment in the industry, having spent $316 million of capex over the last five years,” said Mike.

“Despite the investment that is occurring, more is required – particularly in the context of the forced closure of some South Island storage tanks. In this context, Z is currently reviewing the resource consents it holds to build bulk storage terminals at the ports of Lyttelton and Mount Maunganui, with a particular focus on the Lyttelton development in terms of the security of South Island supply.”

Outlook and guidance

Mike Bennetts said the FY16 financial year would be tightly focused on executing the company’s growth strategy. Guidance for the 2016 financial year is for RC Operating EBITDAF between $245 million and $265 million supported by capital investment between $70 million and $90 million.

 

06/05/2015 - Sustainability news

Waste Warriors: Z’s environmental super-heroes

In just two months, Z’s “Waste Warriors” competition has diverted 191 tonnes of waste away from landfill – the equivalent of two Olympic sized swimming pools full of waste.

The annual nation-wide competition is designed to help Z’s service station teams become more aware and motivated to reuse, recycle and compost.

Leading the charge was this year’s Waste Warriors winner, Ashleigh Atkinson, and her team from Z Rangiora, who recycled 87 per cent of their waste over the course of the competition.

In second place was Z Palmerston, and Z Te Puke came in third, recycling 84 per cent and 83 per cent of their waste, respectively.

Z’s Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, said that when it came to sustainability, long-lasting behavioural change was what was really needed to make a difference.

“At Z we want to do the right thing by New Zealand, so we’ve made a serious commitment to moving from being part of the problem to being at the heart of solutions around sustainability.

“One of the things we’ve been focused on has been to cut the waste sent from our service stations to landfill by 70%.

“We found that there were already a few people within our retail service station network who were really taking the lead on engaging site staff to try and attain our 70% reduction goal with gusto. 

“We decided to tap into this experience across our network, and leverage our retailers and site teams’ keen sense of competition to get them into action on the ground, where it matters most,” said Gerri.

Over a two month period Z service station sites compete against each other to reduce the amount of waste they send to the landfill, each team led by a sustainability champion within the team vying to be named this year’s Waste Warrior.

This is the second year the competition has run and 54 Z stations joined in.

“A bit of healthy competition can lead to extraordinary results, and we’re so impressed and proud of the efforts of Ashleigh and the team at Z Rangiora.

“Ashleigh was so motivated that she undertook research on plastic recycling herself, and challenged the rest of the staff at Z Rangiora to find alternative uses for those things which couldn’t be recycled through the current systems,” said Gerri.

According to recycle.co.nz, about 2.5 million tonnes of waste is buried in landfills in New Zealand each year.

“Landfills take up precious space and we are running out of places to put them,” said Gerri.

Gerri said New Zealanders can learn a lot from the success of the Waste Warrior programme and the need to transform behaviours if we are going to make a real difference. 

”The massive waste reduction by Ashleigh and her team at Z Rangiora required sustainability to be at the forefront of their thinking and required them to consistently separate food waste, general waste and recycling at their site,” said Gerri.

 

01/05/2015 - General News

Vote for your favourite neighbourhood group at Z now

Now is the time for Z customers to vote for what matters most to them in their neighbourhood.  

More than 500 groups doing good in neighbourhoods across New Zealand have been selected to be part of Z Energy’s ‘Good in the Hood’ programme, and customers are being invited to vote for their favourite group from 1 – 31 May at their local Z.   

Through the Good in the Hood programme, Z will contribute more than $1 million to neighbourhood groups and projects that matter the most to its customers.

Every Z service station in New Zealand will be supporting four neigbourhood groups each. These groups will receive a share of $4,000 per station based on the voting of Z customers. A further $1,000 per station has been also set aside for Z’s local retailers to support other neighbourhood projects throughout the year.

Over the month of May, every customer making a purchase at a Z service station (excluding tobacco only purchases) will be given an orange token and invited to physically vote for the organisation they wish to support.

The amount of funding each of the groups receive will ultimately be determined by the number of customer votes they get.

In addition, Z is this year offering an extra $250,000 to help “super charge” 2015 for up to 25 of the neighbourhood groups that have been selected to be part of Good in the Hood. Local customers and Z staff will help to decide how that $250,000 is distributed amongst the groups, and one of the ways that groups can be in with a chance is to poll the highest at a Z site in May.

A list of all the neighbourhood groups selected nationwide can be found on www.z.co.nz/GITHgroups

 

 

 

Sheena Thomas

04 462 4647

 

21/04/2015 - General News

Petrol prices fall as quickly as they rise

Z Energy today released an independent report that shows fuel prices in New Zealand fall as quickly as they rise.
Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said following public comment over the last four months that fuel companies were quick to raise prices and slow to drop them, Z had commissioned the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) to update its 2013 report on the topic.
“We understand there’s a high level of public interest around fuel pricing and Z believes our customers and stakeholders deserve impartial and independent facts on the matter.
“I want to be clear that Z had no input into, or review of, this report whatsoever prior to its publication. We felt it was important that there were facts in the public discussion around fuel pricing,” he said.
The report states that “petrol companies pass on oil price decreases to consumers just as quickly as they pass on increases in prices”. The report also notes that “the speed at which oil price changes end up in retail prices – both ups and downs – has accelerated and become more volatile. From a consumer perspective these dynamics are positive. These results suggest that competition has become more robust”.
Mike Bennetts said the last 12 months had seen the most sustained and vigorous competition in the fuel markets in Z’s five year history as a local company.
“Consumers reading this report can be assured the market is highly competitive and that prices rise at the same speed as they fall.”
Mike Bennetts said a further reference point for consumers and stakeholders would be Z’s release of its annual result on May 7.
“We will release to the markets detailed analysis around our profitability and performance. Our financial results will be fully audited and open to the scrutiny of anyone with an interest in this industry,” said Mike.

Z Energy today released an independent report that shows fuel prices in New Zealand fall as quickly as they rise.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said following public comment over the last four months that fuel companies were quick to raise prices and slow to drop them, Z had commissioned the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) to update its 2013 report on the topic.

“We understand there’s a high level of public interest around fuel pricing and Z believes our customers and stakeholders deserve impartial and independent facts on the matter.

“I want to be clear that Z had no input into, or review of, this report whatsoever prior to its publication. We felt it was important that there were facts in the public discussion around fuel pricing,” he said.

The report states that “petrol companies pass on oil price decreases to consumers just as quickly as they pass on increases in prices”. The report also notes that “the speed at which oil price changes end up in retail prices – both ups and downs – has accelerated and become more volatile. From a consumer perspective these dynamics are positive. These results suggest that competition has become more robust”.

Mike Bennetts said the last 12 months had seen the most sustained and vigorous competition in the fuel markets in Z’s five year history as a local company.

“Consumers reading this report can be assured the market is highly competitive and that prices rise at the same speed as they fall.”

Mike Bennetts said a further reference point for consumers and stakeholders would be Z’s release of its annual result on May 7.

“We will release to the markets detailed analysis around our profitability and performance. Our financial results will be fully audited and open to the scrutiny of anyone with an interest in this industry,” said Mike.

09/04/2015 - General News

Vote for your favourite neighbourhood group in May 2015

Over 500 groups doing good in neighbourhoods across New Zealand have been selected to be part of Z’s ‘Good in the Hood’ programme in May.

Through this programme, Z will contribute over $1 million to neighbourhood groups and projects that matter the most to its customers.

Every Z service station in New Zealand will be supporting four neighbourhood groups each. These groups will receive a share of $4,000 per station based on the voting of Z customers. A further $1,000 per station has also been set aside for Z’s local retailers to support other neighbourhood projects and initiatives throughout the year.

Every customer making a purchase (excluding tobacco only purchases) at a Z station between 1 – 31 May will be given an orange token and invited to physically vote for the organisation they wish to support.

From that point, the votes will be tallied, the results will be announced and the cheques will be presented.

Z’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said that the amount of funding each of the groups receive will be determined by Z’s customers.  

“We want our 210 Z stations to be at the heart of their neighbourhoods so we’re going for a truly local approach which will ultimately be determined by our customers,” said Mark.

“The passion and commitment demonstrated by many of these groups and the amazing work they’re doing in local neighbourhoods is inspiring.”

“The least we can do as a Kiwi company is to give some of these groups the support they need to continue making a difference for New Zealand,” said Mark.

This year, on top of the $5,000 per site, Z will also put up an extra $250,000 nationally to help supercharge 2015 for up to 25 of these locally-selected groups.

Local customers and Z staff will help to decide how that $250,000 is distributed amongst the groups, and one of the ways that groups can be in with a chance is to poll the highest at a Z site in May.

All groups that have applied to be part of Good in the Hood 2015 will have a chance to share in the extra $250,000.

A list of all the neighbourhood groups selected nationwide are listed on the Good in the Hood section of z.co.nz.

01/04/2015 - General News

Z completes $2.8 million network upgrade

Z has today completed its last airfield point-of-sale (POS) upgrade at its Hokitika air stop. The final upgrade marks the completion of a $2.8 million investment across its nationwide network.

The nationwide upgrade makes filling up easier for its aviation customers, with improved invoicing technology and more readable card readers.

Z’s General Manager Commercial, Lindis Jones, says the POS upgrade is a commitment to investing in its aviation network and improving the service it provides its customers.  

 “Our customers told us that filling up was not a great experience and that our card readers were hard to read, so we’ve made things easier. It’s all part of our commitment to listening to what customers are telling us and doing something about it.

“From now on, our point-of-sale will be easier and faster to use while at the same time enabling simplified reporting for our customers”, said Lindis.

The aviation network upgrade is just one of the ways Z is improving its customer service experience. Other examples include Z Card improvements, fuel saving initiatives and network expansion. 

25/03/2015 - Sustainability news

An everyday hero at Z Palmerston

Z Palmerston – the only service station in town, literally - and Shirley – a quiet everyday hero – make a difference busting waste.

Situated on State Highway One, Palmerston lies 50km north of Dunedin, at the junction of State Highway 85 to Central Otago commonly known as the ‘Pigroot’.  With a population of about 1,000 people, it’s the largest town in the Waihemo Ward of the Waitaki District.

Shirley has been working at Z Palmerston since 2010, and has initiated a number of waste reduction activities on site.

Through her local contacts, she’s found a home for empty oil bottles and soap containers - she drops them off to a garage in the nearby town of Waikouaiti on her way home. They use them to provide chain and bar lube to their customers from their bulk tank.

Paper, bottles, tins and plastics are sorted behind the till through an ingeniously adapted laundry hamper. One side takes the till receipts, while the other side takes tins, plastics or paper. The local recycling centre likes the till receipts separate. 

 

 

Z Palmerston is just down the road from a recycling facility. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays the forecourt concierge can be seen taking the wheelie bin full of recycling down to the facility to be emptied. 

This good relationship also sees Shirley and the other staff being able to check with the centre as to what can and can’t be recycled at their facility.  For instance, if it crinkles they can’t take it, but sandwich wraps are no problem.

Before they got into gear with recycling, they had three wheelie bins and a great stack of cardboard collected each week. Now they would be lucky to fill one wheelie bin a week. They are currently recycling over 80% of their waste.  What a result for Shirley and the local environment.

In Shirley’s words

“At the end of the day, it’s not hard – you’ve got to put the rubbish somewhere so you might as well put it in the right bin”.

We’re extremely pleased with the leadership Shirley has shown to tackle waste reduction, along with our other Waste Warriors across the country. 

27/01/2015 - General News

Be safe if storing fuel at home

Fuel prices are the lowest they’ve been in five years, but storing fuel at home can be highly dangerous.

Z Energy’s Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Manager, Julie Rea, cautions customers to understand the risks before deciding to store fuel at home.

“With fuel prices 47 cents per litre cheaper than they were three months ago, a number of customers have been considering whether or not to fill up their fuel containers while the price is low.

“If you do decide to store a container of fuel at home, for safety reasons we recommend you store only small quantities and make sure that you are using a purpose built, approved fuel storage container. 

“If you choose to hold more than 50 litres, be aware there are additional legal requirements that you must meet,” said Julie.

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) provides some useful guidelines on storing fuel on their website, including information on the relevant legal obligations.

The EPA states that fuel can only be stored and transported in approved fuel containers that have an appropriate sealing cap, are made of metal or a durable plastic that won’t react with the fuel and that are clearly labelled to identify the fuel and the potential hazards; and store no more than 50 litres. Full details can be found here: http://www.epa.govt.nz/Publications/Fuel-Containers-at-home.pdf.

“Worryingly, we’ve seen a few customers trying to fill fuel into containers such as soft drink bottles.

“But using an unapproved fuel container is not only illegal, it’s highly dangerous and can put your entire household at risk.

“And given it’s an illegal activity, should something happen, you may not be covered by your insurance provider.

“Fuel products such as petrol are highly flammable – if not stored and handled properly, these sorts of substances can seriously endanger people, property and the environment.   

“As a company committed to safety, we want to make sure that our customers are not putting themselves or their families in a risky position, and in this instance, the risks are simply not worth it.

“So have a look at the EPA website, only use approved fuel containers to store fuel, and don’t store more than 50 litres unless you have all the relevant certifications,” said Julie.

 

 

Fuel storage Do’s and Don’ts:

 

DO

  • Only fill containers that have been stamped to say they are approved to carry flammable liquids, have an appropriate sealing cap, and are made of metal or a durable plastic
  • Place portable fuel containers on the ground and fill slowly
  • Ensure nozzle is touching the container to prevent the build-up of static electricity
  • Store out of sunlight in a cool location
  • Check your legal and insurance obligations

 

DON’T

  • Use containers that are not approved for storing fuel
  • Fill containers on the back of a truck deck, trailer, utility vehicle or in car boots as there is a risk of an explosion from a build-up of static electricity.
  • Leave containers in the back of a car as the container will get pressurised as the petrol heats up
  • Store more than 50 litres without the  relevant certifications
  • Store for more than three months - petrol is not suitable for long term storage

 

This summary is intended to be guidance only. We recommend you always check your legal obligations before using portable fuel containers and storing fuel.

 

 

05/12/2014 - General News

Award recognises Z’s power is in its people

Z Energy says sustained investment in developing and maintaining great leaders is the key to its winning a 2014 Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders Award.

The Aon Hewitt award examines links between leadership practices and financial results across organisations in the Australasian region.

Z Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts said leadership is one of the fundamentals of how Z operates and the company are deeply proud of winning an award that sets it apart as an employer.

“Winning the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders Award truly reflects the sustained investment we have put into leadership since the beginning of Z,” said Mike.

“Right from day one, we were clear that leadership was an area where we would be world class and differentiate ourselves against the competition.

Z’s focus on leadership is underpinned by two key philosophies:

  • That extraordinary leadership equals extraordinary results, and that
  • you don’t have to be a people leader to demonstrate leadership.

Within Z, both philosophies are lived out through sustained investment in leadership development across all areas of the business, including Z’s 2.500 retail site staff. 

In 2013, Z offered its 22 retail site operators the opportunity to go through a 12 day leadership programme, the same programme that Z senior leaders and people leaders also attend.

“Stretching our leadership programme beyond our senior leaders at head office, was fundamental in ensuring all of our people were on the same leadership development journey.

“Through investment in our retail teams we’ve set them up to deliver a world class customer service experience for our customers, and as a result we’ve seen a 22% increase in customer service metrics ahead of our competitors.”

Z’s success in this space hasn’t come solely from training. Rather, it has been an expectation that its people always behave in a way that’s consistent with its leadership framework. The framework links directly to business outcomes, including financial performance measures and customer service metrics.

“At the time of induction, we’re very clear with our people about what we expect. This means that all our people are expected to ‘walk the talk’ through bringing to life the leadership tools we provide,” said Mike.

“We’re very pleased to have been recognised for the way in which we embed leadership within our organisation, however we realise there’s always room to improve and we’re committed to achieving more in this space.”

Julie Malcolm

 

02/12/2014 - General News

Z response on industry issue of docking site staff wages

MBIE has written to the retail fuel industry around the recent issue of some operators docking wages from retail site staff for drive-offs.

Z has decided to make its response to this letter public in the interests of being clear and unequivocal on the company's position for customers, staff and the New Zealand public.

Check out our attached response here

13/11/2014 - Sustainability news

When finding worms in your pies is a good thing

One of Z’s meatiest sustainability goals (we love a good pun!) is to reduce the waste going to landfill from our service stations by 70% by 2015.

In getting after this goal, the first thing we did was implement recycling across the Z service station network. We now have recycling across all of our own operations, as well as public recycling bins on 103 of our forecourts.

A baseline survey in 2012 showed that up to a third of the contents in our skip bins, by weight, was food waste.

A food waste pick-up service is a fairly new and evolving service, and generally only available in more urban centres, and our neighbourhood sites with friendly local pig farmers are happy to keep donating their unsold food (apart from the bacon and egg pies!) to them. But what to do with the unsold pies and sandwiches, and coffee grounds we were throwing away every year?

Steve Rickerby chucked in his job at an insurance company in 2008, and set up We Compost; a network of businesses in Auckland keen to send their food waste to a credible composting facility. Steve started out with one bin on the back of a ute, and now collects more than 500 bins (9 tonnes) of organic waste a week, and delivers it to the EnviroFert facility in Tuakau, where it is turned into organic compost products that are sold to horticultural growers and pastoral farmers to improve the quality and condition of their crops. So far, this year alone, we estimate Z sites have diverted 342 tonnes of food waste from landfill, partly with We Compost’s help.

Z started having our food waste picked up by Steve at 21 retail sites in Auckland and Hamilton, before he decided to consolidate to the Auckland region, where business is booming.

“Partnering with Z gave us a huge boost at a time when we really needed it,” says Steve. “The Z sites increased our collection density in certain areas and helped us justify a push out west. To be able to casually drop into conversation with prospective customers that we collect from around 20 Z sites gives us a huge amount of credibility and has helped to normalise the idea of a 'third' bin. I like to think that the sort of people who go to the cafes we collect from are the sort of people who buy their fuel from Z. So, it is also an important aspect to our positioning in the market and I hope working with us does the same for the Z brand!”

Thanks in large part to a successful partnership with the likes of We Compost, and Kai to Compost in Wellington, we’re now tracking at nearly 85% of the way towards our waste reduction target; and this despite the network growing from 204 stations in 2012 to 213 stations today.

 

24/10/2014 - General News

Z brings Blokhedz retail craze to NZ

New Zealand’s next big retail collectable craze strikes at more than 200 Z service stations today.

Z is bringing the stackable collectables Blokhedz to NZ for the first time, with 16 DC Comics Super Hero and Super-Villain characters to collect, stack, trade and take into battle.

“Blokhedz can be stacked and played with any number of ways. We hope Kiwis will love the challenge of collecting and trading them, stacking them, and taking on family and friends in Super Hero inspired games,” Z General Manager Retail, Mark Forsyth says.

“We reckon they’ll be flying out of Z stations faster than Superman himself.”

“At Z we pride ourselves on being fun-loving, and we think our customers do too – it’s the Kiwi way.  We reckon our customers will love the DC Comics Blokhedz range, and will have heaps of fun with them,” Mark says.

“Half of the fun comes from collecting and trading the characters to try and get the full set – and the fastest way to do this is to join forces with family and friends. The other half is taking on family and friends in Blokhedz games and challenges – like building the biggest or craziest stack.

“The Blokhedz DC Comics Super Heroes and Super-Villains will appeal to Kiwis across generations – everyone has their favourite,” Mark says.

Z is giving away Blokhedz with every $40 spent (excluding tobacco products) while stock lasts. Head to z.co.nz/blokhedz to find out more about the Blokhedz characters, games you can play and competitions you can enter.

15/10/2014 - General News

Xero and Z Energy team up to save customers’ time

Xero and Z Energy have today announced that Z Card customers can now sign up to have a copy of their invoice data transferred automatically to Xero, saving thousands of small businesses time manually entering transactions.

Without having to manually enter data, a Z Card bill will show up in Xero ready to be coded and approved. Z is New Zealand’s first fuel retailer to be providing this service to its customers.

Xero’s NZ Managing Director Victoria Crone said having an innovative kiwi company like Z integrating invoicing seamlessly into the Xero global financial platform for small business was a huge milestone.

“Xero and Z have a lot of synergies. We were both founded in New Zealand and we both recognise the importance of small businesses and love finding ways to make it easier for them to be productive,” Crone said.

“Xero is connecting big business to small business and through our open API we are creating new opportunities and saving kiwi small businesses their most valuable asset time.

“There is great potential for businesses, like Z, to interact with our more than 100,000 New Zealand customers,” Crone said.

Z Energy’s Commercial General Manager Lindis Jones said working with Xero is just another way Z is looking to make its customers’ lives easier.

“We know that time is really important to our customers and through partnering with Xero we can help them spend more time focussing on the things that really matter.

“We think customers will appreciate saving time on doing administration each month, and the Z Card invoice feed into Xero won’t cost a cent,” Lindis said.

 

25/09/2014 - General News

Z ‘branching out’ to help customers feed their gardens

Z Energy’s waste reduction journey turns another corner this week, with an initiative that will have customers’ gardens blooming.

Z is rolling out help-yourself stands for coffee grounds from its convenience stores on its service station forecourts. Coffee grounds can be collected in compostable bags from the new stands at 33 Z sites around New Zealand.

“The grounds from our coffee machines currently go to compost, along with our other unsold food waste, but some of our customers have been asking if they could have the coffee grounds to put on their gardens,” says Z Sustainability Manager Gerri Ward.

“About 40% of all of householders’ waste is composed of food waste in New Zealand, so this is another way of highlighting alternative uses for food waste than sending it to landfill, where it emits harmful greenhouses gases.

“New Zealanders are pretty good at recycling plastics, paper and glass, but we tend to think less about food waste,” says Gerri.

Giving away coffee grounds and composting food waste is one small but important part of Z’s waste reduction journey. Z set a target in 2012 of reducing waste to landfill from its petrol stations by 70% by the end of 2015.

“Two years later we’re more than three quarters of the way there.  While the network has grown from 204 Z stations in 2012 to 213 stations today, our waste to landfill is about a third of what it was, thanks to the brilliant efforts by retailers and site staff,” Gerri says.

“Back in 2012, about half our petrol stations did any form of recycling. Today it’s a different story.  Nearly all our stations now recycle cardboard and half recycle plastic, cans and glass.

“About half of our sites also have food waste collection. So far this year we’ve diverted about 226 tonnes of food waste from landfill.  Mostly this goes into compost or pig food.  Giving away coffee grounds to local gardeners will help us reduce our food waste even further.”

Z is also looking to reduce waste before it comes onto its stations.  “An example of how we are doing that is by working with our magazine supplier to tailor the magazines delivered to each station to reduce the wastage,” Gerri says.

“We’ve made great progress towards achieving our goal of a 70% reduction in waste to landfill from our stations by 2015. We’re still working hard to improve and continuing to make good progress thanks to our station staff and members of the public using recycling bins at our stations, and new initiatives like our coffee grounds stands.”

 
Check out all of the Z Stations that have our coffee grounds:

Z Station Region Find the Z Station
Z Kamo Whangarei www.z.co.nz/Z-Kamo
Z Porowini Whangarei www.z.co.nz/Z-Porowini
Z Mosgiel Dunedin www.z.co.nz/Z-Mosgiel
Z Andy Bay Dunedin www.z.co.nz/Z-Andy-Bay
Z Oamaru Oamaru www.z.co.nz/Z-Oamaru
Z Valley Dunedin www.z.co.nz/Z-Valley
Z Addington Christchurch www.z.co.nz/Z-Addington
Z Curletts Rd Christchurch www.z.co.nz/Z-Curletts-Rd
Z Hornby Christchurch www.z.co.nz/Z-Hornby
Z Templeton Christchurch www.z.co.nz/Z-Templeton
Z Dee St Invercargill www.z.co.nz/Z-Dee-St
Z Gladstone Invercargill www.z.co.nz/Z-Gladstone
Z Queenstown Queenstown www.z.co.nz/Z-Queenstown
Z Ashburton Ashburton www.z.co.nz/Z-Ashburton
Z Caroline Bay Timaru www.z.co.nz/Z-Caroline-Bay
Z Picton Picton www.z.co.nz/Z-Picton
Z Grove Rd Blenheim www.z.co.nz/Z-Grove-Rd
Z Richmond Nelson www.z.co.nz/Z-Richmond
Z Inglewood Inglewood www.z.co.nz/Z-Inglewood
Z Pioneer Hwy Manawatu www.z.co.nz/Z-Pioneer-Hwy
Z Sanson Manawatu www.z.co.nz/Z-Sanson
Z Stratford Taranaki www.z.co.nz/Z-Stratford
Z Waiwhakaiho Taranaki www.z.co.nz/Z-Waiwhakaiho
Z Hutt Rd Wellington www.z.co.nz/Z-Hutt-Rd
Z Kapiti Rd Wellington www.z.co.nz/Z-Kapiti-Rd
Z Levin Manawatu www.z.co.nz/Z-Levin
Z Mana Wellington www.z.co.nz/Z-Mana
Z Masterton Wairarapa www.z.co.nz/Z-Masterton
Z Petone Wellington www.z.co.nz/Z-Petone
Z Vic Corner Wellington www.z.co.nz/Z-Vic-Corner
Z Five Crossroads Waikato www.z.co.nz/Z-Five-Crossroads
Z Dinsdale Waikato www.z.co.nz/Z-Dinsdale
Z Pukete Waikato www.z.co.nz/Z-Pukete

 

16/09/2014 - General News

Z completes $3.4 million investment in Christchurch

One of Christchurch’s oldest remaining central city service stations, Z Moorhouse, reopens this week as one of the country’s most modern.

Despite surviving the Christchurch Earthquakes, Z Moorhouse has now been completely knocked down and rebuilt in a $3.4 million redevelopment.

Z Energy says Z Moorhouse is the company’s first service station redevelopment in the South Island in more than 10 years.

The new site will have an enhanced food and beverage offering, with Z Espress coffee and locally made pies, and will operate 24 hours – creating six new jobs.

The redevelopment has also included building a new Z2O car wash, redesigning the forecourt, rebuilding the convenience store and replacing all underground fuel tanks.

Z General Manager Retail Mark Forsyth said Z Moorhouse has been redeveloped with speed and sustainability in mind.

“We’ve designed it to be one of the most modern and speedy service stations anywhere in the country: with eight lanes, a bigger forecourt, all three grades of fuel on all pumps, stretchy hoses that mean you can fill from either side, a hi-flow diesel pump for larger diesel vehicles and optional pay-at-pump.

“It’s also designed to operate sustainably, with recycling of water in the car wash and energy efficient LED lighting.”

Z has also installed the latest technology high definition, multi-camera CCTV system to keep staff and customers as safe as possible.

Z Moorhouse is the first ‘knockdown-rebuild’ by Z, or predecessor Shell, in the South Island in more than 10 years. (The last South Island development by Shell was Z Mosgiel in 2003.)

Since acquiring Shell’s New Zealand distribution and sales operations four years ago, Z has committed to a national network investment programme. Its next South Island knockdown-rebuild is scheduled to begin at Woolston in October. Z is also exploring new developments and redevelopments for several other Canterbury and South Island locations including Christchurch, Darfield, Dunedin, Queenstown, and Blenheim.

08/09/2014 - General News

New Z office doing Good in the Hood in Mount Eden

Z Energy’s new Mt Eden office is giving away $4000 to four local community groups to celebrate its opening, and it’s up to Mt Eden residents to help decide how the money is split.

On 18 August Z Energy moved into its brand new Mt Eden office, the ‘Z Loft’, where more than 30 staff members formerly located at two separate Auckland offices, are now able to base themselves at a single location.

The one thing that remained at the heart of the move was doing ‘Good in the Hood’.

As part of Z’s Good in the Hood programme, the Z Loft is giving away a share of $4000 to four Mt Eden charities: CanTeen Grafton, Salvation Army, Home & Family Counseling, and Mercy Hospice. The way the money is split will be decided by the local community – the public can cast their vote at the Z Loft’s local Mt Eden café, Cool Food (20 Normanby Road), until 18 September. 

“This is something we’re really excited about and encourage our Mt Eden community to come in and visit us and cast their votes. The staff at Cool Café have been so fantastic and we reckon this is a great way to give back to our community in Mt Eden,” says Z’s Philippa Reid, who helped manage the opening of the new Auckland office.

To top this all off, most of the old Z Energy offices’ pre-loved furniture was donated to the local Glenfield Rugby Union & Sports Club and local community group Te Tai-Awa o te Ora; both were ecstatic at their newly acquired furniture.

Good in the Hood is a nation-wide programme through which Z gives away more than $1.2m a year to hundreds of neighbourhood groups.

 

03/09/2014 - Sustainability news

Z's first GRI Sustainability Report

Z is embarking on our first GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) Sustainability Report this year, which will be integrated into our Annual Report.

In order to complete this report, we have created a shortlist of relevant topics that should be assessed for inclusion in the sustainability report, in accordance with the GRI guidelines.

Check out the table below where we’ve chosen 13 Aspects and 22 Indicators to report against in our first year, covering Economic, Environmental, and Social indicators. 

The first step in a robust reporting framework is to check in with key stakeholders that the Aspects we’ve chosen to report against are what you’d expect to see from Z, and whether there’s anything conspicuously absent from this list. So, please flick us an email with your thoughts to: yourviews@z.co.nz

 

 

28/08/2014 - General News

Z bucks the trend on service station robberies

Z Energy has proven that crime can be beaten after bringing down the number of robberies across its service station network from 34 in 2005 to five this year.

In 2005, the Z business recorded 34 robberies across its sites – averaging one robbery a fortnight. At the time, the service station industry appeared destined to remain a target for robbery but Z was determined to change this.

“We just weren’t prepared to continue being a target for crime. We have made significant investments in robbery and crime prevention and as a result have made our sites safer for our staff and customers,” said Z Energy Retail General Manager Mark Forsyth.

“Through our investment and ongoing efforts to buck the robbery trend, we have reduced this number from 34 per year to five in the last 12 months,” said Mark.

“That’s still five too many and we’re committed to zero, and we’re increasingly making our business safer for our customers and staff through discouraging crime.”

From 2005 to 2012, Z installed CCTV cameras, introduced a lock door policy at high-risk sites during certain hours and began installing fog cannon units that visually impair robbers when they attempt to rob the site – the result of these investments has been a substantial decrease in robberies.

 

Z has continued to step up its fight against crime over the past two years with a four pronged approach, including:

• Rolling out a nationwide $8 million high tech high definition digital cameras to make robbers highly visible and recognisable on site

• Trialling license plate recognition technology to combat petrol thieves

• Trialling invisible liquid DNA spray to deter would-be robbers

• Installing maximum security intelligent safes and keeping minimal amounts of cash on site at any time.

 In addition to reduced robberies, Z has seen a 75 per cent decrease in petrol drive offs at its high definition camera trial sites across Auckland in the last six months. The new high definition cameras have helped to prevent petrol drive offs, while keeping away would-be robbers with crystal clear, live footage of themselves on big screen TV.

“Thanks to our high definition footage, four of the five robberies resulted in the robbers being successfully caught, so we reckon robbing a Z service station is just plain stupid. And if you turn up to one of our sites in a stolen car, our camera system can now immediately alert the Police.

“We’ve achieved great results, however every robbery on site is one too many and we remain determined to achieve zero robberies on site in years to come and ultimately keep our staff and customers safe,” said Mark.

 

Sustainability

01/07/2014 - Sustainability news

Biofuels

Z doesn’t produce oil or gas, so we don’t have to limit the products we sell to protect billions of dollars of upstream investment. We are here to provide transport fuels to Kiwi consumers and businesses and we are ambivalent about whether that fuel is oil, gas, or a bio product.

We are currently exploring two main sources of biofuel. The first is a project that will enable Z to produce biodiesel from tallow (inedible fat from meat products), and the second is a longer-term project to turn wood waste into biofuels.

The Wiri biodiesel project is New Zealand’s first large-scale biodiesel production facility which will produce 20 million litres of high quality biodiesel per annum. The plant, which converts animal fats and used cooking oil into biodiesel, is currently under construction at Wiri, Auckland and is due for completion around the middle of 2015.

We have also worked with Norske Skog to investigate using second generation biofuels technology to process wood waste from the forestry sector into biofuels. This wood waste is the stuff left over after the trees have been removed from the forest and processed in the mill. While technically and economically challenging, it is possible to convert this waste into a form of ‘green crude’ that can be refined into petrol, diesel, and potentially even jet fuel.   

Z continues to undertake work to test if this can be done in a way that is financially viable and that produces fuel that meets the very highest quality specifications.

25/06/2014 - General News

Emergency Services tops with New Zealand communities

The voting phase of Z's Good in the Hood programme is over and 656 groups throughout New Zealand have already received over $1million relative to how hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders voted.

Votes were cast at 210 Z service stations throughout New Zealand, where customers got to decide between four community groups. A by-product of this process, with such a huge nationwide sample, is that it has provided an insight into what is important to New Zealanders in their local communities and what they want to support.

Mark Forsyth General Manager Retail for Z said: “Analysing the results of where New Zealanders wanted to show their support has been a really interesting exercise in providing a snapshot of the concerns of New Zealand communities across the board.”

The category that overpoweringly received the most votes across the country was „emergency services‟, which received almost twice as many votes as the next highest category. These services across New Zealand have received $221,600.

Mark said “While on the face of it this was surprising, once we thought about the fact that New Zealand has 14,000 kms of coastline, making us the 10th longest in the world; we have a high percentage of people who get involved with outdoor recreation; our ambulance services are charitable trusts; as are our Air emergency services which are a vital life line in a country which is largely rural and has some very rugged territory, it wasn‟t so surprising after all.

“The second highest category for votes was for organisations that support people with cancer and their families. They received $120,359.

“This makes sense when you think how cancer affects most of us at some point in our lives. We may be diagnosed with cancer ourselves or have family members, friends or neighbours with the disease. Over 22,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed every year.

“Emergency services and cancer support organisations provide services that could be needed by any one of us at any time.

“We think that across New Zealand, this has impacted on how people cast their votes,” Mark said.

The category to get the third highest number of votes was organisations involved in supporting and helping babies and young children and their families. These three groupings have together received over half of the total funds distributed to neighbourhoods throughout New Zealand as part of Z‟s Good in the Hood programme.

Broadly speaking the groups fell into twelve categories of groups which provide support and care for children and babies, youths, the aged, people with health problems (not cancer), cancer, emergency services, people with disabilities; budgeting advice, community patrols, community houses and groups, schools, victims, and people who need help with food.

Mark said: “The Good in the Hood programme came about because we wanted our 210 Z service stations to be at the heart of their neighbourhoods, with local operations benefiting local people,” said Mark.

The criteria for participation for the groups was that the funds had to help people who need it; be for a specific project; and the groups had to be active in the service station‟s neighbourhood.

Every Z service station in New Zealand supported four neighbourhood groups that had applied to be part of the programme. Customers making a purchase at a Z station during March were given an orange token and invited to vote for the organisation they wished to support.

A further $1,000 per service station was also set aside for Z‟s local retailers to support other neighbourhood projects as they arise through the year.

“We have been incredibly impressed by the calibre of applications received for the programme, and have been humbled by the passion and commitment demonstrated by many of these groups and the amazing work they‟re doing in their local neighbourhoods.

“These are tough economic times, but these groups have an unwavering focus on helping people, and as a Kiwi company we want to help them make a difference for New Zealanders. A great outcome for Z and the community has also been the continued involvement of Z site staff with these groups beyond just the cash from Good in the Hood,” Mark said.

The funding for the twelve categories was distributed as shown in the list below. To see how much funding your favourite neighbourhood group received, visit www.z.co.nz/Groups.

Emergency services $221,600

Cancer support groups $120,359

Children and babies $111,035

Community Groups $89,491

Disability support 64,180

Victim support $56,987

Other health issues $52,897

Supporting youth $45,388

Food banks etc. $41,143

Aged support $24,082

Schools $6649

Budgeting $3,140

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02/05/2014 - General News

National network for Z's newest product

Z Energy is upgrading its national network of truck stops to add Z DEC on pump at 12 more sites over the next few months, making life on the road easier for drivers of SCR vehicles.

Z DEC (Z Diesel Emission Cleaner) is already available at Z Sanson on State Highway 1, and Z Sylvia Park truck stop, Mt Wellington, Auckland. Four more Z truck stops will get Z DEC on pump in May – starting with Turangi and Whangarei over the next week, then Grove Road (Blenheim) and Seaview (Wellington) later in the month.

Another eight sites will have Z DEC on pump by July – Hamilton, Hewletts Road (Mount Maunganui), Sawyers Arms Road (Christchurch), Dunedin, Highbrook, Pokeno, Napier and Roscommon Road (Wiri).

Z DEC is a diesel exhaust fluid that, in conjunction with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, is designed to help reduce vehicle emissions, namely nitrogen oxides.

Z’s General Manager Commercial, Lindis Jones, says Z is rolling out Z DEC at selected Z truck stops nationwide to make it more convenient for drivers to fill up on both their diesel and exhaust fluid with Z.

“We know many major engine manufacturers and their customers have chosen SCR technology for their vehicles to meet emission reduction targets. Now Z is making it more convenient for SCR vehicle drivers to fill up through its national network of selected truck stops.

“We’ll have Z DEC available at 14 sites by July, providing national coverage for customers who are choosing SCR technology to reduce their vehicle emissions. It’s about making life on the road easier, and offering a product that more of our customers are looking for as they turn to cleaner emission vehicles.

“We reckon customers will appreciate having more locations where they can top up both their diesel and Z DEC at one stop, and the added convenience of being able to pay for both diesel and Z DEC on the same fuel management card – their Z Card,” Lindis said.

“One of the important things we’ve considered in rolling out our Z DEC network is the need to handle diesel emissions fluids carefully because of their ammonia content. Filling up at the pump means you don’t have to worry about the issues that go with buying and storing diesel exhaust fluids (DEFs) in bulk containers. Containers need to be stored, cleaned and disposed of in a safe way that takes the eco-toxicity of DEFs into account – for example, it’s vital they’re not just washed out with water and tipped down a drain. Z’s network and the Resource Consents process we have worked through, reflects this. It’s one less thing for our customers to worry about,” Lindis said.

Z DEC is just another way Z is looking to deliver on our environmental and sustainability objectives. Other examples include waste reduction, water reduction, upgrading lighting to LED and biodiesel.

Background information

  • The Z DEC network will cover the Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Central North Island, Manawatu, Wellington, Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago regions. 
  • Z DEC is used only in SCR vehicles. It cannot be used for EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) vehicles, or any other non-SCR vehicles.
  • It is not mixed with diesel, but stored in a separate tank in the vehicle. Z DEC (like other diesel emissions cleaners) must not be put directly into a diesel tank as this will damage the vehicle.  
  • Drivers can find their nearest Z truck stop with Z DEC at Z’s site locator at z.co.nz/findZDEC. More information on Z DEC can be found at z.co.nz/ZDEC

 

14/04/2014 - General News

Grab your poppy at Z this Anzac Day

 

Z Energy‟s giving Kiwis more ways to show their support for Anzac Day, with poppies available at Z sites around the country throughout poppy week, RSA volunteers collecting on-site, and „virtual poppy‟ donations on Z‟s Facebook page.
Z service stations will have poppies in-store from Thursday, 17 April, and customers can choose to add $1, $2, or $5 to electronic transactions, as well as making cash donations at the till.
RSA volunteers will also be collecting at Z service stations on Anzac Day, 25 April. All donations made at Z‟s neighbourhood sites will go back to the local branches of the RSA.
Z‟s Twitter and Facebook followers can also donate a virtual poppy between 17 April and 25 April, with Z giving $1 for every poppy donated or shared online, up to $12,000.
Chief Executive Mike Bennetts says Z supports Anzac Day because of its special significance for all New Zealanders, including Z‟s customers, communities and staff.
RSA Chief Executive David Moger says the support of Z and New Zealanders will help the RSA to provide care and welfare to those who have served their country. “The first Poppy Day was held in 1922, and it‟s fantastic to see Kiwi communities and organisations continuing to support the RSA and remember those who sacrificed so much for us all,” David Moger says.
2014 is particularly significant because it heralds the start of World War One Centenary commemorations. The Royal New Zealand RSA is encouraging Kiwis to wear their poppies from Poppy Day, April 17, through to Anzac Day this year, as a mark of respect and remembrance.
More than 18,000 New Zealanders paid the ultimate sacrifice during World War One, more than in any other conflict involving New Zealand forces, and over 40,000 were wounded.

Z Energy's giving Kiwis more ways to show their support for Anzac Day, with poppies available at Z sites around the country throughout poppy week, RSA volunteers collecting on-site, and 'virtual poppy' donations on Z's Facebook page.

Z service stations will have poppies in-store from Thursday, 17 April, and customers can choose to add $1, $2, or $5 to electronic transactions, as well as making cash donations at the till.

RSA volunteers will also be collecting at Z service stations on Anzac Day, 25 April. All donations made at Z's neighbourhood sites will go back to the local branches of the RSA.

Z's Twitter and Facebook followers can also donate a virtual poppy between 17 April and 25 April, with Z giving $1 for every poppy donated or shared online, up to $12,000.

Chief Executive Mike Bennetts says Z supports Anzac Day because of its special significance for all New Zealanders, including Z's customers, communities and staff.

RSA Chief Executive David Moger says the support of Z and New Zealanders will help the RSA to provide care and welfare to those who have served their country. “The first Poppy Day was held in 1922, and it's fantastic to see Kiwi communities and organisations continuing to support the RSA and remember those who sacrificed so much for us all,” David Moger says.

2014 is particularly significant because it heralds the start of World War One Centenary commemorations. The Royal New Zealand RSA is encouraging Kiwis to wear their poppies from Poppy Day, April 17, through to Anzac Day this year, as a mark of respect and remembrance.

More than 18,000 New Zealanders paid the ultimate sacrifice during World War One, more than in any other conflict involving New Zealand forces, and over 40,000 were wounded.

01/04/2014 - General News

You've decided how Z will distribute $1 million for community groups

Local voting for Z’s Good in the Hood programme is over and the results will soon be tallied to decide how $1m will be divided between community groups across New Zealand.

More than 500 community groups doing good in neighbourhoods across New Zealand were selected from thousands of applications, and Z customers were asked to vote for their favourite groups throughout March.

Out of thousands of groups that applied to be part of Good in the Hood, every Z station in New Zealand selected four neighbourhood groups to support. These groups will receive a share of the $4000 allocated to each of Z’s 212 stations based on how the Z stations’ customers voted.

Customers making purchases (excluding tobacco only purchases) at Z stations during March were given an orange token and invited to vote for the group they wished to support.

The votes are now being tallied and the cheques will be presented to each of the groups in neighbourhoods across New Zealand over the next few weeks.

Customers could also go online to collect virtual tokens and vote via Z’s online Token Hunt – the 10 groups that received the most online votes through Token Hunt will be receiving even more funding.

It is not all over for local groups, as a further $1000 per Z station has been set aside for Zs local retailers to support other neighbourhood projects as they arise through the remainder of the year. Voting is also continuing at the Z Epsom and Z Stadium sites, which opened mid-way through March.

Z’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said Good in the Hood was all about local communities deciding where funding should go.

He said Z was impressed by the calibre of applications received for Good in the Hood.

“These groups are doing amazing work in their local neighbourhoods and we are humbled by the passion and commitment they demonstrate.

“These groups have a firm focus on helping people, and as a Kiwi company we want to help them make a difference for New Zealanders.

“We would like to thank all of our customers who took the time to vote at our Z stations or online – your vote has made a real difference,” Mark said.

You’ll be able to see how much funding the groups in your neighbourhood each received by visiting your local Z station later this month. Final results for all sites will also be available at z.co.nz from early May.


18/03/2014 - General News

Newest Z site opens in Hamilton

Z has opened New Zealand’s newest service station in Hamilton today, creating 12 new jobs and supporting schools and charitable groups to help meet local community needs.

Z Stadium, in Mill Street, had a community opening befitting its focus on working with the community. Children from Whitiora School and Whitiora Kindergarten performed on the new forecourt, and the Life Education Trust’s Harold the Giraffe cut the ribbon and poured the first fuel.

Z Stadium will support local schools and community groups through Z’s Good in the Hood programme. Customers can vote over the next month on how $4000 from Z is shared between four groups: Whitora School, Whitiora Kindergarten, Life Education Trust and Hamilton Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Z General Manager Retail Mark Forsyth said Z Stadium has been built with speed and sustainability in mind.

“It’s a $3.5 million development and we’ve designed it to be one of the most modern and speedy service stations in town: with eight lanes, all three grades of fuel on all pumps, stretchy hoses that mean you can fill from either side and optional pay-at-pump”.

Mark says the new Z Stadium has also been designed and built with other innovative features such as:

  • It’s built sustainably, using innovations such as lightweight modular timber panel construction to reduce on-site construction waste; it uses pinus radiata from a sustainable, environmentally managed forest resource; and insulation made in New Zealand from recycled plastic bottles.
  • It’s designed to operate sustainably, with recycling of water in the car wash, energy efficient LED lighting and forecourt recycling.
  • Z has installed the latest technology high definition, multi-camera CCTV system to keep staff and customers as safe as possible.

Waikato Z Retailer Selwyn Cook says the local team is looking forward to working with the community.

“It’s great that we’re now in the Whitiora neighbourhood and able to support this community, and we’re looking forward to doing lots of good in the hood,” Mr Cook said.

Z Stadium is the third new Z site to open this year – following Z Porowini in Whangarei and Z Epsom in Auckland. As Z continues to roll out its national network investment programme, another two new Z sites will open in Auckland in the next couple of months, in Onewa Road, Northcote, and Oteha Valley Road, Albany.

 

14/03/2014 - General News

New Z brings new jobs and community funding to Epsom

Z today opened New Zealand’s newest service station in Manukau Road, Epsom, creating 20 new jobs and supporting charitable groups to help meet local community needs.

As well as a four lane (eight pump) Z service station, the site includes New Zealand’s first Rub-a-Dub retro-style car wash – an apt addition to the site where cars once lined up on the street to use New Zealand’s first ever car wash. 

Between the service station and the car wash, about 20 jobs are being created for Epsom.

The new Z service station is an almost $2.5 million development, built with speed and sustainability in mind, says Z GM Retail Mark Forsyth.

“We’ve designed it to be one of the most modern and speedy service stations in the city, with all three grades of fuel on all pumps, stretchy hoses that mean you can fill from both sides, and optional pay-at-pump (which will be available in the next few weeks).

“To ensure it operates sustainably, we’ve incorporated the latest generation chillers using 30% less power, as well as energy efficient LED lighting and forecourt recycling.

“We also wanted to keep staff and customers as safe as possible, so we’ve installed the latest technology high definition, multi-camera CCTV system.”

Z Epsom will support local schools and community groups through Z’s Good in the Hood programme. Customers can vote over the next month on how $4000 from Z is shared between four groups: Radio Lollipop, Sweet Louise, Mercy Hospice, and The Parenting Place.

Z Epsom retailer John Lambert says the local team is looking forward to working in partnership with the community.

“It’s great that we’re now in the Epsom neighbourhood and able to support this community, and we’re looking forward to doing lots of good in the hood,” Mr Lambert said.

 

28/02/2014 - General News

Voting starts for favourite neighbourhood groups

Communities across New Zealand start voting tomorrow to help their favourite neighbourhood groups get a share of $1 million that’s up for grabs in Z Energy’s Good in the Hood programme.

Good in the Hood contributes more than $1 million to hundreds of neighbourhood groups and projects that help people who need it and that matter most to New Zealand’s local communities.

Every Z station in New Zealand is supporting four neighbourhood groups this March – these groups will receive a share of $4000 per station based on the voting of Z customers. Each station has also set aside another $1000 to support other local projects and initiatives throughout the year.

Every customer making a purchase at a Z station between 1 March and 31 March (excluding cigarette only purchases) will be given a token, which they can use to vote in store for the organisation they wish to support, via the voting boxes on site.

After March, the votes will be tallied, results will be announced and the cheques will be presented to the groups.

Customers can also hunt for virtual tokens and vote online via z.co.nz/TokenHunt – the ten groups that get the most online votes nationwide will receive even more funding. There’ll also be lots of instant prizes up for grabs for customers via Token Hunt.

Z’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, says Good in the Hood is about neighbourhoods deciding how they want the Z community funding distributed.

“We’re taking a truly local approach, letting our customers decide what matters to them most,” said Mark.

He said Z was impressed by the passion and commitment demonstrated by so many neighbourhood groups, and was pleased to be able to support the work they’re doing.

“Good in the Hood will make a real difference in neighbourhoods across New Zealand. It’s one way we’re choosing to live our brand promise that Z really is for New Zealand,” said Mark.

A list of all the neighbourhood groups being supported nationwide through Good in the Hood can be found at z.co.nz/find-us.

ENDS

 

11/02/2014 - General News

Newest Z station lifts the bar on speed and sustainability

Newest Z station lifts the bar on speed and sustainability

Z Energy says its newest Z station, opening today in Porowini Ave, Whangarei, will be one the most modern, speedy, and sustainable service stations in New Zealand.

“It is a million dollar-plus development and we’ve designed it to be one of the most modern and speedy service stations in town: with four lanes, all three grades of fuel on all pumps, stretchy hoses that mean you can fill from either side, pay-at-pump and ease of access,” Z General Manager Retail Mark Forsyth said today.

Mark says the new Z Porowini has also been designed and built with other innovative features such as:

It’s built sustainably, using innovations such as lightweight modular timber panel construction to reduce on-site construction waste; it uses pinus radiata from a sustainable, environmentally managed forest resource; and insulation made in New Zealand from recycled plastic bottles.

It’s designed to operate sustainably, with LED lighting, forecourt recycling, and rain tank harvesting on the roof to collect water for use onsite. Captured water will be used to clean car windows and water gardens.

Z has installed the latest technology high definition, multi-camera CCTV system to keep staff and customers as safe as possible. 

“Z Porowini packs a lot into a small space – it’s designed as a ‘concept store’, a smaller sized site that’s more cost-effective to build, meaning we can open more new sites in more places as part of our national network expansion programme,” Mark says.

The new site will employ six staff – some transferring from other Z sites in Whangarei and Northland, and others having been newly recruited. Local Z retailer Leticia Allan continues to work closely with Work and Income New Zealand to recruit new staff, and has employed two more people through WINZ to take on the roles of the employees who have been promoted from within the business at Z Paihia and Z Porowini. 

Z Porowini has been built on the Porowini Ave extension, built by the council two and a half years ago and now used by more than 6000 vehicles a day.

Mark says Z is hoping many of those drivers will come in to check out the new Z site this week; as an extra incentive, Z Porowini is offering free cupcakes for its first 500 customers.

ENDS

27/01/2014 - General News

Vote for your favourite neighbourhood group in March

Hundreds of worthy groups doing good in neighbourhoods across New Zealand have been selected to be part of Z Energy’s Good in the Hood programme for 2014.

Good in the Hood contributes more than $1 million to neighbourhood groups and projects that help people who need it and that matter most to Z’s customers.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts says the decisions about how the $1 million is distributed are made locally.

“Z is about New Zealand and the neighbourhoods that our 200-plus stations operate in, so we’re going for a truly local approach, where our customers ultimately get the say,” says Mike.

Every Z station in New Zealand is supporting four neigbourhood groups. At each site, these groups will receive a share of $4000 based on the voting of Z customers. A further $1000 per station has also been set aside for Z’s local retailers to support other neighbourhood projects and initiatives throughout the year.

From 1 - 31 March, every customer making a purchase (excluding cigarette only purchases) will be given an orange token to use to vote for the local organisation they wish to support via the voting units on site.

How much funding each group receives will ultimately be determined by the number of customer votes they get.

Each neighbourhood group is also in line to receive even more funding if they’re one of the ten groups nationwide who receive the most votes in our online Token Hunt where visitors can hunt for virtual tokens (as well as score some great spot prizes!).

In November, groups throughout New Zealand were invited to apply to their local Z station to be supported as part of Good in the Hood 2014, and more than 4000 applications flooded in.

Narrowing it down to just four groups per site was a tough job, because every single organisation that applied is doing great things for our New Zealand communities. Ultimately, our local Z site retailers selected the groups that best met our Good in the Hood criteria:

  • being active in the local neighbourhood around a specific Z station
  • being focused around helping people who need it, and
  • being for a specific project or to fulfill a specific need.

 The full list of recipients is available below:

 
Quick links - Z Station names:       
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Z Station Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
Z 11th Ave Alzheimers Society Tauranga Inc Dream Chaser Foundation Tauranga Search and Rescue Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust
Z 15th Ave Te Tawharau o te Ora Tauranga Riding for the Disabled Plunket Good Neighbour Trust
Z Addington Canterbury Plunket Barnardos Family Support Services Christchurch South Community Watch Inc Christchurch Group Riding for the Disabled
Z Albany (will be known as Z Oteha Valley) Barnardos Family Support Services Coastguard North Shore Yes Disability Resource Centre A Girl Called Hope
Z Alexandra Central Otago Search & Rescue Victim Support Central Otago Central Otago Buddy Programme Jigsaw Central Lakes
Z Amberley NZRT-12 Victim Support North Canterbury Ronald McDonald House South Island Amberley Meals On Wheels
Z Andy Bay The Cancer Society of New Zealand Otago and Southland Divison Inc Youthline Otago Coastguard Dunedin Incorporated St John Dunedin
Z Anglesea Epilepsy New Zealand - Waikato/Coromandel Branch lifeline waikato Rape & Sexual Abuse Healing Centre Waikato Paraplegic & Physically Disabled Association Ltd.
Z Ashburton Presbyterian Support – The Great Little Cook Book Cancer Society of New Zealand Canterbury West Coast Division Inc. Mid Canterbury Newcomers Network Community House Mid Canterbury
Z Avondale Auckland Regional Migrant Services Big Buddy Mentoring Trust Foundation for Youth Development Auckland Hospice West Auckland
Z Awakeri Parkinson's BoP Family Works Whakatane - helping vulnerable children & families in need in your community Victim Support Eastern Bay of Plenty EMC Ambulance. Emergency Medical Care
Z Balclutha St John Clutha Area The Templeview Charitable Trust Operation Sugar Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
Z Barrington Age Concern Canterbury Hohepa Canterbury Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch Presbyterian Support – Family Works
Z Beach Rd Radio Lollipop New Zealand Mercy Hospice Auckland Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust (START) The Salvation Army
Z Belfast Redwood/Belfast Plunket Belfast Community Network Inc Aviva (formerly Christrchurch Womens Refuge) Camp Quality Christchurch
Z Bethlehem Bellyful Tauranga Zonta Club of Tauranga Foundation for Youth Development BoP Merivale Community Incorporated holiday programme.
Z Bishopdale 24-7 YouthWork Burnside High School Canterbury Step Out Trust Bishopdale Community Trust Bishopdale YMCA
Z Botany Downs Botany Crime Watch Patrol Charitable Trust (1670612) Totara Park Riding For the Disabled Kidz First Children's Hospital Make-a-Wish NZ
Z Bowater Motors Motueka Search & Rescue Incorporated St John Motueka Victim Support Motueka Motueka Plunket
Z Broadway Wellington @ Heart - Heart Children Miramar & Strathmore Food Help Big Buddy Mentoring Trust Strathmore, Seatoun & Bays Plunket
Z Brougham St Cholmondeley Children's Centre Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch Barnardos Nurse Maude Assoc
Z Browns Rd Life Education Trust Counties Manukau Age Concern Counties Manukau Inc. Royal NZ Plunket Society - Counties Manukau Inc Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
Z Bruce McLaren Rd Bellyful West Auckland Elevator Group Inc. VisionWest Community Trust Hospice West Auckland
Z Bryndwr Papanui/Merivale Plunket Road Safety Education - RYDA Camp Quality Christchurch Arthritis New Zealand
Z Burnside Roydvale School PTA Coastguard Canterbury Air Patrol Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch Victim Support Christchurch
Z Cambridge Cambridge Life Skills Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade Hospice Waikato Victim Support Cambridge
Z Carlton Corner Ronald McDonald House South Island Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Pillars Incorporated Cancer Society of New Zealand Canterbury West Coast Division Inc
Z Caroline Bay Timaru Plunket Hub Coastguard South Canterbury Incorporated Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury Life Education Trust Mid South Canterbury
Z Cashmere Cholmondeley Children's Centre Living Springs Kids Camp Camp Quality Christchurch Life Education Trust Canterbury
Z Central Parade Homes of Hope Charitable Trust Plunket - Mount Maunganui Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
Z Clevedon COASTGUARD MARAETAI Clevedon Plunket Volunteer Committee Kawakawa Bay Orere Health Clinic Inc Clevedon Fire Brigade
Z Constable St Wellington South Parents Centre Plunket Newtown/Mount Cook The Wellington Volunteer Fire Support Unit Refugee Family Reunification Trust
Z Constellation Drive Auckland @ Heart Auckland Land Search and Rescue Breast Cancer Support Child Cancer Foundation
Z Courtenay St Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter St John New Plymouth Community Christmas Charitable Trust. New Plymouth Riding for the Disabled
Z Crofton Downs Bellyful Karori Ngaio Khandallah Plunket Group Marsden Club Arthritis New Zealand
Z Cromwell Central Otago @Heart Cromwell Kids Fun Club Incorporated Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Arthritis New Zealand
Z Curletts Rd Victim Support Christchurch Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind St John Christchurch Make-a-Wish NZ
Z Darfield Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust Malvern Community Patrol Darfield Volunteer Fire Brigade St John Malvern
Z Dee St Autism NZ Southland Branch Invercargill Women's Refuge Ronald McDonald Family Room Southland Hospital Hearing Association Southland
Z Dinsdale Young Workers Resource Centre Hamilton Search & Rescue West Hamilton Night Owls Ambulance EMT Transport Trust
Z Dublin St Hospice Wanganui Wanganui Volunteer Coastguard Inc Alzheimers Wanganui Plunket Wanganui
Z Eastside Hamilton Combined Christian Foodbank Trust Barnardos Family Support Services True Colours Children's Health Trust Rainbow Place
Z Edgecumbe Edgecumbe Volunteer Fire Brigade The Clothing Project Edgecumbe Development and Improvement Team E.D.I.T EMC Ambulance. Emergency Medical Care
Z Ellerslie Kidney Kids NZ Sweet Louise Victim Support Ellerslie Plunket
Z Fairway Palmerston North Methodist Goodwill Ltd Mamaternity Charitable Trust Citizens Advice Bureau Palmerston North Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter
Z Fairy Springs 1st Ngongotaha Scout Group Family Works Rotorua - helping vulnerable children and families in need in your community KidsCan Charitable Trust Plunket Rotorua
Z Fenton Street Epilepsy New Zealand - Rotorua/Eastern Bay of Plenty Branch Rotorua Breast Cancer Trust Victim Support Rotorua Growing Through Grief Rotorua
Z Ferguson St Abuse & Rape Crisis Support Manawatu Barnardos Family Support Services Arthritis New Zealand Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter
Z Five Crossroads Hamilton Volunteer Fire Brigade Special Olympics Waikato English Language Partners Waikato Inc Te Whare o te Ata Community Centre Trust Inc
Z Frankton Kirikiriroa Family Services Trust FYD Waikato Parkinson's Waikato Arthritis New zealand
Z Stations starting with G-L
   
Z Geraldine Victim Support South Canterbury Bellyful Geraldine Geraldine Riding for the Disabled Geraldine Community Bus
Z Gisborne Te Kupenga Net Trust Growing Through Grief-Eastland SuperGrans Tairawhiti Trust Sunshine Service Inc
Z Gladstone Hospice Southland Youthline Southland Ronald McDonald Family Room Southland Hospital Make-a-Wish NZ
Z Glen Eden Bellyful West Auckland VisionWest Community Trust GLEN EDEN COMMUNITY PATROL Hospice West Auckland
Z Glen Innes Mercy Hospice Auckland Ronald McDonald House Tamaki Community Development Trust Island Child Charitable Trust
Z Glen Park Highbury Community House and Creche Child Cancer Foundation North Shore Women's Centre Hospice North Shore Community Care
Z Gore Hospice Southland Youth Development Southland Regional Trust Victim Support Gore Gore & Districts Community Counselling Centre Inc
Z Green Bay Bellyful West Auckland Foundation for Youth Development Auckland VisionWest Community Trust Hospice West Auckland
Z Green Island Carers' Society Otago Bellyful Dunedin Parkinson's Society Otago Inc Dunedin Group Dunedin Riding for the Disabled
Z Greenlane Koru Care Charitable Trust NZ Sweet Louise Victim Support The Parenting Place
Z Greville Road Barnardos Family Support Services Prostate Cancer Foundation Foundation for Youth Development North Shore Community & Social Services
Z Greymouth Ronald McDonald House South Island Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Arthritis New Zealand Victim Support Grey Districts
Z Grove Rd Barnardos Family Support Services Marlborough Multiple Sclerosis & Parkinson's Society Marlborough Plunket Cancer Society Marlborough
Z Halifax St Epilepsy New Zealand - Nelson/Marlborough Branch Nelson Womens & Childrens Refuge Arthritis New Zealand Nelson Tasman Hospice Trust
Z Harbour City Coastguard Wellington Karori Plunket Kidney Kids NZ Parenting Help Line
Z Harbour Hwy Lions Club Of Greenhithe Charitable Trust YMCA's Raise up Youth Development Greenhithe Community Trust Auckland @ Heart
Z Harris Rd Life Education Trust Counties Manukau Howick Volunteer Coastguard Inc Royal NZ Plunket Society - Counties Manukau Inc. Victim Support
Z Havelock Nth The Child Cancer Foundation Hawke's Bay Age Concern Havelock North Bellyful Victim Support Hastings
Z Hawera St John Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter Victim Support Central/South Taranaki Hospice Taranaki Inc
Z Heretaunga St Growing Through Grief Hawkes Bay Bellyful Hastings Victim Support Hastings Cancer Society NZ Hawke's Bay
Z Hewletts Road Family Works Tauranga - helping vulnerable children and families in need in your community Bellyful Tauranga Victim Support Tauranga Moana Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
Z High St Laura Fergusson Community Taita Youth Hub Naenae Youth Charitable Trust Heart Trust Hutt
Z Highbrook Bellyful East Auckland Kidney Kids NZ Foundation for Youth Development Auckland Stepping Stones Recovery Trust/ The Retreat NZ
Z Hillsborough Rd Mt Roskill Police Community Approach Trust Bellyful West Auckland Auckland Regional Migrant Services Foundation for Youth Development Auckland
Z Hornby Salvation Army Community Ministries Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch Arthritis New Zealand KidsCan Charitable Trust
Z Hunters Corner communicare papatoetoe PACT Choose Sport Initiative Family Violence
Z Huntly Perry Outdoor Education Programme FYD Waikato Huntly Volunteer Fire Service HUNTLY COMMUNITY ADVICE REFERRAL'S TRUST
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24/12/2013 - General News

Z Waste Warriors lead the way on recycling

There’ll be no empty boxes or bottles going to the landfill from Colin Lippert’s household this Boxing Day – or from his workplace at Z Belfast in Christchurch.

Colin Lippert has just recycled his way into fame as Z’s 2013 National ‘Waste Warrior’ - inspiring and guiding his team at Z Belfast to recycle up to 89% of the monthly waste from their site.  

In a three month challenge with competing Z service stations, the Z Belfast site averaged 85% of total waste sent to recycling.

That’s 4.75 tonnes of recycling over the 3 months of the competition – or the equivalent weight of about 4 family-sized cars.  

Z Retail Sustainability Manager Gerri Ward said the massive waste reduction had required Colin and his team at Z Belfast to consistently separate food waste, general waste and recycling at their site.

“It’s no small feat and required total dedication and consistency. After being nominated by his operations manager to be Z Belfast’s Waste Warrior, Colin really took up the mantle, led by example and consistently motivated his fellow team members. His commitment even went as far as phoning his operations manager at 10:30pm to alert him to non-recyclables in the recycling bin!

“Colin was able to tap into his team’s established habits of recycling at home, thanks to Christchurch city’s excellent recycling programme, to motivate them to carry their recycling habits over to their workplace too.”

Gerri says the recycling programme hasn’t just been good for the environment, but for team morale too.

“They’ve found it a really positive thing to be doing. They’ve pulled together as a team to nail the challenge and are rightly proud of what they’re achieving. It’s a fantastic example of our Z heroes on the ground getting into action to enable us to achieve our national sustainability goals.”

Second place in Z’s inaugural national Waste Warriors challenge went to Graeme Mellow at Z Waiwhakaiho in New Plymouth, with an average 80% of waste going to recycling. Tala Simati at Z Greenlane in Auckland was a close third, with 75% of all waste from that site going to recycling.

“The passion and the energy that our people have brought to the recycling challenge have underscored what Z is all about,” Gerri says. “Our people feel proud that customers come to us for awesome service and great coffee, because we’re a Kiwi company, and because we have our Good in the Hood programme; with our commitment to sustainability embedded within that.”

On a national mission to cut the waste its service stations send to landfill by 70% by 2015, Z has installed recycling bins to separate retail waste at all of its sites, and is also rolling out forecourt recycling for its customers. Z now has recycling bins on 85 of its forecourts, with more planned.

“Since starting the recycling programme, so far we have saved at least a thousand tonnes of waste from going to landfill. This is a massive achievement, and only possible through the efforts and enthusiasm of our awesome site staff,” said Gerri.

Reducing waste is just one of Z’s sustainability initiatives at its retail outlets. It’s also installing LED lighting across the network, reducing water use by recycling water in its carwashes, and implementing energy efficient equipment in-store.

 

Editor’s Note

Z reckons recycling is especially important at this time of year, as New Zealanders prepare to dispose of the mountains of bottles, boxes and wrapping paper they’re inevitably left with on Boxing Day.

Z Retail Sustainability Manager Gerri Ward says New Zealanders can learn a lot from the success of Waste Warriors like Colin and the Z Belfast team.

Here are some waste-saving tips for every New Zealander to think about on Boxing Day:

Who remembers minding (or even being aware!) as a kid when your present was wrapped in re-used paper? The best way to reduce waste is to avoid it altogether! Wrap packages in gift bags that can be re-used several times.

  • Take a minute to separate all of the packaging you end up with before throwing it in the recycling bin – it’ll mean it does actually get recycled when it gets to the processing plant. Foil and polystyrene are particularly nasty environmental baddies – both in their production and disposal, so better to avoid having them there in the first place!
  • New Zealanders throw out a staggering 60kg per person of food waste a year. Get a bokashi bin or composting bin for the inevitable Christmas waste. You can also donate leftover food to organisations such as the City Mission in Christchurch, or Kaibosh in Wellington.

“Christmas and all its trappings can be both a special and stressful time for Kiwis – we can all take a second to think about the environmental impact of what we’re left with at the end of the day, and how we can do our bit to reduce it,” Gerri says.

23/12/2013 - General News

Xmas steak pies on the menu for many

While many New Zealanders tuck into their turkey and trimmings on Christmas Day, thousands will also be enjoying another traditional (but less conventional) Kiwi favourite – the steak and cheese pie.
Z Energy says it expects to serve up thousands of fresh pies to meet Christmas Day demand at service stations around New Zealand – after it experienced an almost 50 per cent increase on average daily pie sales last Christmas.
New Zealanders bought close to 13,000 pies from Z service stations on Christmas Day 2012. Z General Manager, Retail, Mark Forsyth expects that number to be higher this year, with Z’s pies becoming increasingly famous, and lots of Kiwis on the move on Christmas Day.
“Kiwis love a pie any day of the year and, despite the perception that we’re all eating turkey with cranberry sauce, Christmas Day’s obviously no different for a lot of pie-lovers,” Mark says.
“A lot of customers appreciate that while most cafes, restaurants and supermarkets are closed on Christmas Day, there’s still somewhere to get their pies and coffees, as well as last minute ‘forgets’ like milk, ice and bread. And of course we’ve got fuel for their vehicles too!” 
Like many other ‘essential services’ staff, about 1000 Z site staff across New Zealand will work on Christmas Day.
“We reckon it’s important for everyone to spare a thought for the thousands of Kiwis working on Christmas Day – not least our own, famous-in-NZ, service station staff,” Mark says.
Z sells its fresh baked Goodtime pie range at 100 of its 213 service stations around New Zealand, with 13 different classic and gourmet flavours offered. So, what are the favourites? The classic mince & cheese, and steak & cheese of course… though gourmet flavours like butter chicken and bacon & egg are also a big hit.

While many New Zealanders tuck into their turkey and trimmings on Christmas Day, thousands will also be enjoying another traditional (but less conventional) Kiwi favourite – the steak and cheese pie.

Z Energy says it expects to serve up thousands of fresh pies to meet Christmas Day demand at service stations around New Zealand – after it experienced an almost 50 per cent increase on average daily pie sales last Christmas.

New Zealanders bought close to 13,000 pies from Z service stations on Christmas Day 2012. Z General Manager, Retail, Mark Forsyth expects that number to be higher this year, with Z’s pies becoming increasingly famous, and lots of Kiwis on the move on Christmas Day.

“Kiwis love a pie any day of the year and, despite the perception that we’re all eating turkey with cranberry sauce, Christmas Day’s obviously no different for a lot of pie-lovers,” Mark says.

“A lot of customers appreciate that while most cafes, restaurants and supermarkets are closed on Christmas Day, there’s still somewhere to get their pies and coffees, as well as last minute ‘forgets’ like milk, ice and bread. And of course we’ve got fuel for their vehicles too!” 

Like many other ‘essential services’ staff, about 1000 Z site staff across New Zealand will work on Christmas Day.

“We reckon it’s important for everyone to spare a thought for the thousands of Kiwis working on Christmas Day – not least our own, famous-in-NZ, service station staff,” Mark says.

Z sells its fresh baked Goodtime pie range at 100 of its 213 service stations around New Zealand, with 13 different classic and gourmet flavours offered. So, what are the favourites? The classic mince & cheese, and steak & cheese of course… though gourmet flavours like butter chicken and bacon & egg are also a big hit.

 

 

20/12/2013 - General News

Z Energy going high tech to beat crime

Z Energy expects to deter would-be service station robbers with crystal clear, live footage of themselves on big screen TV in a nationwide high-tech rollout costing $8 million.

The $8 million investment could have bought up to three new service stations, but Z says it won’t skimp on staff and customer safety.
According to police figures, there have been 38 service stations robberies investigated across New Zealand this year, including five Z stations. 
Z already has security cameras across all of its sites but it expects the new, state of the art CCTV systems to be a major deterrent for criminals – with about 13 digital, high definition cameras filming the forecourt, pumps, entrance and inside of each site and footage instantly displayed on big screens. 
Mark Forsyth, General Manager Retail at Z, says the CCTV rollout is one of the biggest investments Z will make on its existing sites over the next couple of years.
“Clearly we don’t get the financial returns we would from spending $8 million on new service stations, but we don’t see it as one or the other. We’re continuing to invest in expanding our retail network and at the same time we’re absolutely committed to investing in the safety of our site teams and customers,” Mark said. 
“Robberies don’t cost us a lot from a pure financial perspective because we keep virtually no cash on site, but every robbery is one too many when we consider the stress and potential physical or psychological harm to staff and customers.
“The big screen footage will be a highly visible deterrent and the quality of the footage is what you’d expect from a modern high definition TV.  If anyone does try to rob a Z service station with this technology, their chances of going unrecognised when the image is released will be pretty close to zero.”
“An offender won’t be able to approach a site now without being picked up on at least one camera. Everyone entering the site will also see themselves on the big screen as a reminder that it’s a safe site. We reckon that sends a pretty powerful message to our staff, customers and any would-be criminals,” Mark Forsyth said. 
The new CCTV technology also gives Z the capability to use licence plate recognition to help it stop petrol thefts through drive-offs, and it will be trialling the licence plate recognition in Auckland over the next few months.
The CCTV rollout is the third step in a triple-whammy for any would-be robbers setting their sights on Z service stations – with Z’s network recently installing maximum security intelligent safes that take in and instantly lock away cash like an automatic teller machine, together with trialling an invisible liquid DNA spray that enables robbers to be invisibly tagged as they leave the scene.  
Z has begun installing the high-definition CCTV in all newly built and rebuilt service stations and the feedback from the site teams and customers has been very positive.  This month it starts the $8 million rollout across its other existing sites. 
ENDS

Z Energy expects to deter would-be service station robbers with crystal clear, live footage of themselves on big screen TV in a nationwide high-tech rollout costing $8 million.

The $8 million investment could have bought up to three new service stations, but Z says it won’t skimp on staff and customer safety.

According to police figures, there have been 38 service stations robberies investigated across New Zealand this year, including five Z stations. 

Z already has security cameras across all of its sites but it expects the new, state of the art CCTV systems to be a major deterrent for criminals – with about 13 digital, high definition cameras filming the forecourt, pumps, entrance and inside of each site and footage instantly displayed on big screens. 

Mark Forsyth, General Manager Retail at Z, says the CCTV rollout is one of the biggest investments Z will make on its existing sites over the next couple of years.

“Clearly we don’t get the financial returns we would from spending $8 million on new service stations, but we don’t see it as one or the other. We’re continuing to invest in expanding our retail network and at the same time we’re absolutely committed to investing in the safety of our site teams and customers,” Mark said. 

“Robberies don’t cost us a lot from a pure financial perspective because we keep virtually no cash on site, but every robbery is one too many when we consider the stress and potential physical or psychological harm to staff and customers.

“The big screen footage will be a highly visible deterrent and the quality of the footage is what you’d expect from a modern high definition TV.  If anyone does try to rob a Z service station with this technology, their chances of going unrecognised when the image is released will be pretty close to zero.”

“An offender won’t be able to approach a site now without being picked up on at least one camera. Everyone entering the site will also see themselves on the big screen as a reminder that it’s a safe site. We reckon that sends a pretty powerful message to our staff, customers and any would-be criminals,” Mark Forsyth said. 

The new CCTV technology also gives Z the capability to use licence plate recognition to help it stop petrol thefts through drive-offs, and it will be trialling the licence plate recognition in Auckland over the next few months.

The CCTV rollout is the third step in a triple-whammy for any would-be robbers setting their sights on Z service stations – with Z’s network recently installing maximum security intelligent safes that take in and instantly lock away cash like an automatic teller machine, together with trialling an invisible liquid DNA spray that enables robbers to be invisibly tagged as they leave the scene.  

Z has begun installing the high-definition CCTV in all newly built and rebuilt service stations and the feedback from the site teams and customers has been very positive.  This month it starts the $8 million rollout across its other existing sites. 

ENDS

19/12/2013 - General News

Z adding convenience for drivers

Z Energy is making it easier for drivers of SCR vehicles to get their diesel exhaust fluid, with Z’s Mount Wellington truck stop becoming its second public truck stop with Z DEC (Z Diesel Emission Cleaner) on pump from 23 December.

Z DEC is a diesel exhaust fluid that, in conjunction with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, is designed to help reduce vehicle emissions, namely nitrogen oxides. Many major engine manufacturers have chosen SCR technology for their vehicles to meet emission reduction targets.

Z’s General Manager Commercial, Lindis Jones, says Z aims to have a network of Z DEC at selected Z truck stops nationwide, making it more convenient for drivers to fill up on both their diesel and exhaust fluid with Z.

“It’s about making life on the road easier, and offering a product that more of our customers are looking for as they turn to cleaner emission vehicles.”

“We reckon customers will appreciate the convenience of having more locations where they can top up both their diesel and Z DEC at one stop, and being able to pay for both diesel and the Z DEC on the same fuel management card – their Z Card,” Lindis said.

Z DEC is already available at Z Sanson on State Highway 1, and from 23 December, will be available at Z Mount Wellington truck stop, Sylvia Park Road, Auckland.

“We are currently investigating other sites where we’ll have Z DEC available, providing national coverage for customers who are choosing SCR technology to reduce their vehicle emissions,” said Lindis.

Drivers can find their nearest Z truck stop with Z DEC at Z’s site locator at z.co.nz/find-us. More information on Z DEC can be found at z.co.nz/ZDEC.

 

03/12/2013 - General News

Quakes and Ladders game raises $4,100 to prevent family violence

Z Energy retailers across Canterbury have raised more than $4000 for Aviva Family Violence Services as part of Z's “Good In The Hood” community support programme.  

The retailers have been fundraising with sales of 'Quakes and Ladders' - a family game that injects fun and humour into the earthquake recovery process.

Quakes & Ladders was released in December 2012 by Christchurch resident Siobhan Grimshaw after she and her husband endured six house moves and wearying battles with their insurer in the wake of the Canterbury quakes. Players throw dice to move their piece forward and go up ladders and down quakes, mimicking the emotional journey of home-owners in the real life game of earthquake recovery.

Generous support with production costs from several Christchurch businesses, including Fotocopy in Ferrymead, Office Max in Hornby and Blacks Fasteners in Sdenham, means that every cent of the purchase price of games bought at Z goes to Aviva.

Christchurch retailers are now selling the game at the special Christmas price of $15. 

"We’re really grateful for this amazing support, especially as the need for our services is higher than ever” says Aviva Marketing Manager Julie McCloy. “Z stations selling Siobhan’s game for us is a really great example of people partnering up to maximize some good for their community – and the game is fun!”

Quakes and Ladders has also raised $2,750 to support voluntary projects for elderly people in Mt Pleasant, where the game was first launched.

If you'd like to be part of this positive post-quake community spirit you can purchase Quakes & Ladders at Z Energy retailers across Canterbury, Casual & Country Ferrymead and Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market.  Give a great gift that gives back this Christmas!

02/12/2013 - General News

There could be a new Z in your neighbourhood

A brand new Z, complete with gourmet pies and espresso coffee made from 100% Arabica beans, could soon be opening in your neighbourhood.

In line with Z Energy’s commitment to delivering growth through capital investment and investing in New Zealand, Z is building five new service stations around the country over the next five months.

By April 2014, there will be three new Z service stations in Auckland (one in Epsom and two on the North Shore), one in Hamilton and one in Whangarei.

Z’s CEO, Mike Bennetts, said that two and a half years after the launch of the Z brand, Z’s monthly brand tracking has seen Z firmly establish its position as the most preferred retail fuel brand in the downstream transport fuels market.

“Our position as New Zealand’s preferred retail fuel brand gives us a strong base upon which to continue to build customer loyalty.”

“Our research shows that one of the main reasons someone doesn’t fill up at Z, despite saying it is their preferred retail fuel brand, is because there isn’t one conveniently located for them.” 

“We want to be the most convenient, as well as the most preferred choice for fuel customers,” said Mike.

Mike said the refit of Z’s top 100 retail service station stores was completed in August, with refitted stores showing 12 per cent year on year growth in sales.

“These new sites are strategically placed to deliver growth in earnings through increased fuel volume and store sales.”

Z is also making decisions around the format and level of investment appropriate for the company’s remaining retail sites, with plans for several knock down and rebuilds of smaller service stations at strategic locations.

 

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The locations of the new sites will be as follows:

Porowini Avenue, Whangarei

Oteha Valley Road, Albany, North Shore

Onewa Road, North Shore

Manukau Road, Auckland

Mill Street, Hamilton

 

 

 

17/10/2013 - General News

Z launches online fuel-efficient driving tool

Z Energy today launched an online interactive driving tool, in an effort to help its customers cut their fuel bills.

The Z Energy Eco Driving Tool was launched at Auckland’s Sustainable City Showcase and is designed to help New Zealand drivers understand the potential benefits of eco-driving.

Gerri Ward, Retail Sustainability Manager at Z Energy, said that the launch is in line with the company’s commitment to help reduce their customers’ carbon intensity and fuel costs.

“It may seem counter-intuitive for a fuel retailer to help its customers use less fuel, but we reckon it shows how genuinely committed we are to the long-term future of New Zealand’s sustainability and to delivering value for our customers.

“By taking simple steps and making changes, drivers can save up to 40 cents per litre of fuel and reduce their carbon emissions.”

Z’s Eco Driving Tool uses six video-based driving trials to test driving habits and suggest more efficient behaviours.

“We created the tool in the hope that our customers can learn about driving more efficiently, and think about their own driving behaviours, in a fun and interactive online environment,” said Gerri.

To see more on Z’s Eco Driving Tool, visit z.co.nz/sustainability or visit Z’s booth at the Sustainable City Showcase in the Cloud from 17-19 October.

 

Julie Malcolm: 027 584 5637

07/10/2013 - General News

Z welcomes High Court ruling in Rena case

Z Energy today welcomed a decision by the High Court to strike out proceedings brought against it by Svitzer Salvage BV, arising out of the charter of the tanker ship Awanuia which was used in the recovery of oil from the stricken Rena in 2011.

Awanuia is a dedicated marine fuel tanker owned by Seafuels, and at the time of the Rena grounding was chartered by Z Energy to re-supply ships docked in Auckland harbour.

Z Energy agreed to release Awanuia from its normal charter, thereby enabling the vessel to be chartered by Svitzer Salvage from its owner, Seafuels. As a consequence, over the following two months Awanuia was able to be used to safely remove some 1,300 tonnes of marine fuel oil from Rena.

Despite the charter for the hire of Awanuia being between Seafuels and Svitzer Salvage, Z had found itself dragged into High Court proceedings brought by Svitzer which effectively sought to re-write the commercial terms of the contract between those two parties.

Z Energy General Counsel, Meredith Ussher, said Z was disappointed to have been named as a party to the litigation in the first place, and welcomed Justice Goddard’s ruling that the case alleged against it by Svitzer Salvage could not succeed.

“We were pleased to be able to release Awanuia from our charter so that its owner and the salvor could then deploy it to Tauranga to assist with the Rena disaster.

“We negotiated payment from Seafuels that covered the increased working costs we unavoidably incurred in making urgent alternative supply arrangements for our customers. Beyond that, the contractual terms between Svitzer Salvage and Seafuels were separately negotiated between those two parties, and Z quite rightly had no visibility of the charter rates or other arrangements being negotiated (and subsequently agreed to) by them.

“We at Z are proud of the way we contributed to the response to the Rena disaster, and were a part of the solution to one of the most serious problems caused by the ship’s grounding. We are also pleased to see an early end to the case brought against Z by Svitzer Salvage, which we believe always lacked substantive merit.”

 

01/10/2013 - General News

Applications now open for funding for neighbourhood groups

Charities and community groups helping people in need within local neighbourhoods can now apply for funding from their local Z service station, via z.co.nz/GoodintheHood.

Following the success of last year’s Good in the Hood programme, Z Energy has announced that it will once again be giving away over $5,000 to neighbourhood groups and projects that matter the most to its customers. That’s over $1 million across New Zealand to do good in the hood.

Z’s team of passionate Retailers who are based around the country are looking forward to the opportunity to support organisations that make a difference in their local neighbourhoods.

Z Energy CEO, Mike Bennetts, said the programme is as community focused as possible.

“Last year we received millions of votes across the country that determined how we gave over $1 million to more than 600 groups. There was a wide variety of groups that we supported, but every group was focused on helping people in need and making a difference in their neighbourhood.

“The Good in the Hood programme came about because we wanted our service stations to be at the heart of their neighbourhoods, with local operations benefiting local people, so we are continuing this community approach.

The criteria that the group or project needs to fulfill to apply for ‘Good in the Hood’ includes:

  •  being active in the local neighbourhood around a specific Z station
  •  being focused around helping people who need it and
  •  being for a specific project or to fulfill a specific need.

Z will be accepting applications over the month of October, with each of the 213 Z service stations then selecting four local neighbourhood groups or projects to support. These groups and projects will be announced on z.co.nz in February 2014.

Following that, every customer visiting a Z station for a period of time will be given an orange token and invited to physically vote for the organisation they wish to support. From that point, the votes will be tallied, the results will be announced and the cheques presented.

Each service station will have $5,000 to contribute through the Z Good in the Hood programme, with $4,000 through the on-site customer voting element and $1,000 for discretionary neighbourhood support over the year.

“We reckon that it’s only fair to support the people who support us, and we think that ‘Good in the Hood’ will continue to make a real difference in neighbourhoods across New Zealand.

It’s one way we’ve chosen to live our brand promise that Z really is for New Zealand,” said Mike.

 

02/09/2013 - General News

Energy efficiency a key sustainability goal for Z

Z Energy announced today that it has commenced work on installing external LED lighting on 171 forecourts throughout its service station network, which is forecast to achieve a 16% reduction of carbon emissions per annum from its retail operations.

The rolling out of LED canopy lighting across the network represents an 11.3% savings in total energy use for the company.

Z is investing $2.73 million in the project in this financial year with completion of the roll-out expected to be early 2014.

The project is being supported by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) who will work with Z to promote energy efficiency to their customers.

The rolling out of LED lighting on Z forecourts will deliver an annual 16.35% reduction in CO2 emissions across the Z network, and save more than 50% in lighting costs.

Mark Forsyth, General Manager Retail at Z Energy, said that this project is one of a number of things the company is pursuing to become a more sustainable business.

“Z’s sustainability strategy not only looks at doing the right thing for New Zealand, but also ensures the long term viability of the business. This is a three-pronged approach: Getting our own house in order, seeking to help our existing customers use fuel more efficiently and ultimately to find alternative sustainable energy sources.

“We have made a big financial commitment to this project, but see its value in not only the energy savings it will deliver, but as a demonstration of how making a financial investment in energy efficiency can deliver clear returns for business over time.

“Improved energy management can also deliver a number of other benefits for businesses; in this particular case the roll-out will deliver increased safety on the sites with better lighting, fewer outages, and reduced maintenance,” said Mark. The energy savings Z will make each year through this initiative equates to enough electricity to power 350 New Zealand homes.

EECA Chief Executive, Mike Underhill, says the partnership with Z is significant.

“This agreement will help EECA promote energy efficiency to approximately 170,000 Z customers who visit over 200 service stations across the country every day. This will include the promotion of fuel efficient driving as well as energy saving activities in the home and business.”

“In addition, the lighting upgrade will demonstrate leadership to the business community, and show that energy efficient investments make good economic sense.”

Mark Forsyth said: “Together with EECA we can incentivise energy efficiency by showcasing a large-scale business undertaking with sustainability at its heart, and how it works from a sustainability, energy conservation, and bottom line perspective for better business,”

Z has contracted Philips New Zealand to supply and install the LED lights.

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Energy Facts:

• The lighting solution lasts up to 50,000 hours.

• Deliver a CO2 saving of up to 490 tonnes per year over 10 years

• Annual 16.35% reduction in CO2 emissions across the Z network.

• Savings of 50% in lighting energy costs.

• At least a 60% energy saving per energy fitting on a one-for-one replacement.

• Fittings automatically detect when there is no one the forecourt and reduces by 50%

• The 2,905,306 kWh of energy saved each year is enough to power 350 homes.

 

07/08/2013 - General News

Z expands its ability to keep its customers and people safe

Z is trialling an invisible liquid “DNA” that they hope will deter would-be robbers, making sites even safer for service station staff and customers.

Z will be the first service station in New Zealand to use the SelectaDNA Spray technology which it is trialling at a number of sites using the new state-of-the-art security system enables would-be robbers to be invisibly ‘tagged’ and therefore identifiable to Police.

The technology being used by Z is not to identify the products stolen, as has been the case in recent Police led “Safe as Houses” projects across the country, but will identify the robber by using a high-tech spray unit installed at the doors that is activated automatically in the event of a robbery or after hours’ burglary.

Highly visible warning signage is placed on the doors to alert would-be robbers of its presence, however, once there has been a security breach it is impossible to leave the scene without being sprayed with a fine DNA laced mist. The DNA solution – unique to each location – stays on the skin for up to ten days and glows blue under ultraviolet light. The DNA within the solution provides Police with an irrefutable link between offender and crime scene.

Mark Forsyth, General Manager Retail at Z Energy said today: “The system has already proved to be a very effective deterrent in overseas markets, and it is a measure that we can add to our existing efforts to keep our staff and customers safe.

 

“In reality Z only has about five robberies a year, but that is five too many when you consider the impact on staff and customers present when these incidents occur and the possible harm. If introducing this system is a deterrent to would-be robbers and burglars then as far as we’re concerned this is money well spent.

“The new system, if introduced across our network will complement the other security measures we already have in place including: fully digital, high definition CCTV; virtually no cash kept on site; remote alarm alerts that bring security staff almost immediately; and staff training to ensure they and their customers remain as safe as possible during an incident,” Mark Forsyth said.

SelectaDNA Director David Morrissey said: “The solution is a water based, non-toxic spray that incorporates a UV Tracer, with each batch of the solution having a unique synthetic DNA that is registered to a location.

“Police across the country are equipped with UVA lights, that when shone over the solution causes it to glow bright blue making it very easy for them to find. They are able to analyse the DNA within the solution to link an offender to the crime scene,” David Morrissey said.

Mark Forsyth said: “At Z Energy we take personal responsibility for making health and safety a vital part of our business. We have a Zero Harm Workplace pledge which means we undertake to do everything we can to ensure ‘Zero Harm’ to our customers, staff, contractors, neighbours, and members of the public.”

 

16/07/2013 - General News

Z’s Class of 2013

Z Energy wants to be famous for customer service. This week they took a major step towards this goal, as well as enabling their people to grow through personal development.

Over 500 Z site staff will this week be presented with their Certificate in Retail. The certificate is a NZQA Level 2 tertiary qualification, enabling Z staff to be recognised for their skills and achievements outside of Z.

Mark Forsyth, Z‟s GM Retail said: “Z is all about its people and therefore the introduction of the NZQA recognised Certificate of Retail is a great step forward in terms of the delivery of service to our customers and enabling our people to grow within our organisation.”

By the end of the year 1500 Z staff members will have gone through this certified programme.

Z designed the course, but worked collaboratively with NZQA to match it to the Authority‟s unit standards; the training course, „Getting Famous‟, now forms part of Z‟s induction training.

“The response from our existing staff to „opt-in‟ to the course has been staggering and applications are still pouring in.

“It is obvious what the benefits of a staff training programme that helps deliver excellent customer service to Z are, but an NZQA recognised retail training certificate is equally important to our staff members as a career enhancing tool that is recognised by other organisations.

“For many of our site staff this will be their first formal qualification,” Mark said.

75 Z site staff members from the Wellington region received their certificates at a special afternoon tea today.

20/06/2013 - General News

Independent research shows Z remains the most preferred by Kiwis

Just a month past Z’s second birthday as a standalone New Zealand company operating under its own brand, independent research released today shows the new Kiwi brand is still the country’s most preferred fuel retailer, for the second year in a row.
The research was conducted by Colmar Brunton for Canstar Blue and covered 2,500 consumers. The paint was barely dry on Z’s brand roll-out last year when it outperformed the rest of the industry, scoring five star ratings in terms of overall satisfaction, service, range of other items, appearance and cleanliness and facilities.
Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said he was delighted to have repeated the same results for the second year in a row and said the findings were consistent with Z’s own research.
“We launched the Z brand to better reflect our local ownership and our commitment to deliver real value for our customers in the areas that matter most to them.
Over 300 rebranded sites including service stations, truck stops, aviation pumps and 75 completely refitted stores later, Z is now one of the most recognised brands in New Zealand and the company is obviously doing something right to have been voted most preferred fuel retailer for the second year.

Just a month past Z’s second birthday as a standalone New Zealand company operating under its own brand, independent research released today shows the new Kiwi brand is still the country’s most preferred fuel retailer, for the second year in a row.

The research was conducted by Colmar Brunton for Canstar Blue and covered 2,500 consumers. The paint was barely dry on Z’s brand roll-out last year when it outperformed the rest of the industry, scoring five star ratings in terms of overall satisfaction, service, range of other items, appearance and cleanliness and facilities.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said he was delighted to have repeated the same results for the second year in a row and said the findings were consistent with Z’s own research.

“We launched the Z brand to better reflect our local ownership and our commitment to deliver real value for our customers in the areas that matter most to them.

Over 300 rebranded sites including service stations, truck stops, aviation pumps and 75 completely refitted stores later, Z is now one of the most recognised brands in New Zealand and the company is obviously doing something right to have been voted most preferred fuel retailer for the second year.

“These results lie in the fact that before we did anything, we asked New Zealanders what they wanted from a New Zealand fuel company; we then developed a brand and an offer which was all about our customers.”
Mike said Z was committed to building a genuinely world class company, and will continue to listen to its customers to achieve this.
“We’re really grateful for the support and feedback of our customers, and we continue to work on improving their experience with us.
“So please keep giving us feedback on what we’re doing well and not so well, and what more you’d like to see from Z,” said Mike.
For more information, see Canstar Blue’s website www.canstarblue.co.nz/services/service-stations/

“These results lie in the fact that before we did anything, we asked New Zealanders what they wanted from a New Zealand fuel company; we then developed a brand and an offer which was all about our customers.”

Mike said Z was committed to building a genuinely world class company, and will continue to listen to its customers to achieve this.

“We’re really grateful for the support and feedback of our customers, and we continue to work on improving their experience with us.

“So please keep giving us feedback on what we’re doing well and not so well, and what more you’d like to see from Z,” said Mike.

For more information, see Canstar Blue’s website www.canstarblue.co.nz/services/service-stations/

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11/06/2013 - General News

Z saves eight million litres of water

The introduction of water recycling car washes is now complete across all of Z Energy’s service stations in Auckland, saving up to eight million litres of water per annum compared to what was previously used on these sites.

All of Z’s 13 Auckland service stations now have water recycling car washes installed. Each car wash will now save up to 60% of water usage compared to sites without the reclaim units.

Z Energy Retail General Manager, Mark Forsyth, said this was an important milestone for the company.

“We’re working towards operating our network in an increasingly sustainable way and this is a big step in the right direction,” he said.

 

“Given the country’s recent water shortages we’re really pleased to be able to do our bit to cut down the amount of water used at each of our Auckland sites and give our customers the option to choose a more sustainable way to wash their car,” said Mark.

To celebrate the completion of the project in Auckland, the Deputy Mayor of Auckland, Penny Hulse, visited Z Greenlane to hear about Z’s sustainability initiatives and to view the last service station to be fitted with the water recycling unit.

The rest of Z’s retail service station car washes across New Zealand will have water recycling units installed by the end of 2015.

 

 

31/05/2013 - General News

Quakes and Ladders – helping Aviva continue doing good in the neighbourhood

Z Energy service stations in the Canterbury area are helping Aviva, formerly the Christchurch Women’s Refuge, raise money by selling the board game, Quakes and Ladders.

Z’s relationship with Aviva started two years ago when the Christchurch Women’s Refuge was chosen by a number of Z Service Stations as part of Z’s “Good in the Hood” programme.

Good in the Hood is a programme where every Z service station in New Zealand supports four locally selected neighbourhood groups, and these groups each receive a share of $4000 per station based on how the local Z customers voted.  Aviva was a very popular choice across the region with many people wanting to support their services.

Good in the Hood has led to a lasting relationship with Aviva, and from the six service stations that supported Aviva as part of Good in the Hood, 24 are now supporting the Quakes and Ladders fundraising initiative.

Not only are all Z stations in Canterbury selling Quakes and Ladders, Christchurch Z Retailer, John Allen, said that there is some friendly rivalry between them as to who can sell the most games for Aviva.

“The Queen’s Birthday long weekend is a particularly good time to support this fundraising effort, as so many New Zealanders are on the road.

“The formation of Christchurch Women’s Refuge is a Canterbury story, and one we should all feel proud of. The Christchurch Women’s Refuge, formed in 1973, was the first women’s refuge and triggered the development of dozens of other refuges throughout the country,” said John. 

Christchurch Women’s Refuge has recently rebranded as Aviva to better reflect their evolving services, which is focused on early intervention designed to stop the cycle of family violence. Over the last 40 years, the independent Canterbury-based charity has evolved to support children as well as women and, since 2012, also includes a community outreach service for men called ReachOut.

Some of Z’s Christchurch team recently attended the brand launch of Aviva and were re-inspired to help the organisation. 

“The launch was fantastic for us to get an even better understanding of the organisation and the wider range of work that they are involved in.

“At the launch, two of the founders of the original refuge both spoke about the difficulty they faced in getting the refuge operating and how they had to fight for the women that they were supporting at the time, it was both touching and inspiring,” John said.

The Quakes and Ladders board game was developed by a local Christchurch woman, Siobhan Grimshaw, in response to increased violence in homes post the Christchurch earthquakes.

Quakes and Ladders is a memento of the post-earthquake drama many Canterbury people have been through. The playing pieces of nuts and bolts retain the rebuild theme and the game includes upward Ladders such as ‘Scope of Work Completed’ and downward Quakes such as ‘Insurance Company Restructures’ – all terms familiar to many Cantabrians.

The game is intended to be fun for anyone, anywhere, and all the profits from sales go to supporting services provided by Aviva to individuals and families overcoming family violence.

24/05/2013 - General News

Z Tauhara opens its doors

Z Energy this morning opened its newest service station, Z Tauhara. This is an eight-lane site, with the full Z service and convenience offer.

Located on one of New Zealand’s busiest bypasses, Z Tauhara was officially opened with a cultural blessing of the site, by local Iwi, Ngati Tuwharetoa

Z’s Retail General Manager Mark Forsyth said, “We’re pleased to be opening the site. It provides travellers with a convenient place to stop for fuel and take a break on their long distance trips up and down the country. Those living and working in the area will also benefit from being able to fill up locally.”

 

Mark said the Tauhara site is an important addition to Z’s nationwide network and expects it to be extremely busy serving the growing Tauhara area well.

Since making the decision to rebrand as Z Energy, the kiwi-owned company remains committed to investing in New Zealand’s fuel infrastructure and growing their network. The opening of Z Tauhara marks the seventh new site opened across its network since rebranding.

“If you’re in the area, pop into Z Tauhara to fuel up and try our espresso coffee and café quality food,” said Mark.

 

10/05/2013 - General News

Z Energy turns two

Z Energy today celebrates its second birthday as standalone New Zealand company operating under its own brand, and to celebrate, Z is giving motorists eight cents off per litre at all Z service stations on Friday 10 May only.

Two years ago today, the Z brand was launched to mixed feedback. Some brand experts deemed the move from a well-known international brand to a new, New Zealand focused brand as unwise. 

“I recall one brand expert calling it ‘commercial suicide’,” said Z Energy Marketing Manager, Jane Anthony.

“But we always knew, and always said, that the proof was going to be in the pudding,” said Jane.

Over 300 rebranded sites including service stations, truck stops, aviation pumps and 75 completely refitted sites later, Z is now one of the most recognised brands in New Zealand. 

“Before we did anything, we asked New Zealanders what they wanted from a New Zealand fuel company, then based our offer on what the research told us. We continue to check in on how we’re doing, and our latest research tells us that we are now the most preferred fuel brand, and one of the most trusted brands in New Zealand.”

Jane said that she wanted to thank Z’s supporters for backing a new company, and for always holding the company accountable to its values.

“All this would not have been possible without the support of our customers. So to say thank you, we’re giving eight cents off every litre of fuel sold to our customers.

“We’re really grateful for the support and feedback of our customers, and we look forward to continually improving your experience with us,” said Jane.

Terms and conditions of the eight cent per litre discount can be found in-store or on www.z.co.nz/Birthday

08/05/2013 - General News

Shareholders appoint two independent directors to the Z Energy Board

Z Energy today announced that its shareholders have appointed Abby Foote and Justine Munro to its Board as independent directors.

Chairman of the Z Board, Marko Bogoievski, said he was delighted with the two appointments which he said would add considerable depth and strengthen the Board.

“We’ve been actively seeking additional directors for some time and, as the company considers a potential market listing, I believe these two new directors will serve the company and its shareholders extremely well.”

Marko Bogoievski said he was particularly pleased to be able to secure two new directors of such high quality.

Abby Foote is an experienced director of both publicly listed and Crown companies. Based in Christchurch, she has worked in a range of corporate, treasury and legal roles over the last 20 years. Abby holds a number of directorships, including as a Director of Transpower New Zealand and of New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency Limited, where she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.

Justine Munro is a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar who is globally recognised in the field of corporate social responsibility and business, community and government partnerships. Justine is returning to Auckland in June from Sydney where she has been Executive Director, Education at Social Ventures Australia. Justine was the founding CEO of the New Zealand Centre for Social Innovation and helped to establish New Zealand Global Women in 2008. She has worked also in Australia and New Zealand as a lawyer and strategic management consultant.

Marko Bogoievski said both Abby and Justine would join the Z Board effective from 15 May and there would be no further changes to the Z Board at this time.

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03/05/2013 - General News

Z delivers growth in current cost operating earnings as strategy hits straps

Z Energy is pleased to announce that it has delivered sustained growth in current cost operating earnings for the 12 months to 31 March 2013 as the company realised gains from year two of its current three year strategy programme and begins developing the next multi-year strategy for the company.

On a historic cost (NZ IFRS) basis, Z’s statutory reported Net Surplus for the 12 months ended 31 March was $35.0 million, down from $77.0 million for the previous corresponding period.(1) 

On a current cost basis, Z posted Operating Earnings Before Interest, Depreciation, Amortisation and Financial Instruments (CC Operating EBITDAF) of $195 million, which is in the middle of its guidance range of $185 - $200 million, and up from $172 million for the previous full year period.(2)

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said the company’s strong focus on customers and executing its strategy had delivered a solid CC Operating EBITDAF improvement in a highly competitive market and positioned the company well for future growth.

“For the third year in a row, Z has delivered double digit CC Operating EBITDAF growth through making disciplined strategic choices and executing well against those choices. Z has delivered consistently strong cash flow and is now in the process of developing its next multi-year strategy programme which targets further growth through internal efficiency, competing where the company is advantaged and sensibly developing into new markets such as new service offerings around fuel efficiency.”

Mike Bennetts said he was particularly pleased with the integrated operations of the company and with the success of the Z brand.

“Our research shows that Z is now the country’s most preferred and trusted supplier in the transport fuels market and that more people rate Z as their first preference for transport fuel than any other company. We believe the Z brand has significant growth potential and the opportunity for us now is to make choosing Z as easy as possible, which means continued strategic investment in our retail network.”

Mike Bennetts said in an industry which for a number of years has lacked adequate investment, Z was bucking the trend by consistently investing in new retail outlets as well as assets in its commercial markets and supply chain.

“Z retail sites pump substantially more volume than the industry average. We have a comprehensive national retail network and the flexibility to grow our reach by investing further in new sites as they become available.

“On the strength of this we expect to open four or five strategically located flagship sites every year for the next few years. Our experience to date is that these new-to-industry sites exceed business planning expectations and quickly deliver free cash flow.”

In addition, Mike Bennetts said early indications were that Z’s investment in customer service, staff training and an overhauled retail convenience offer was paying off.

“The last quarter of the financial year saw growth in convenience retail sales, and in March the company sold its one millionth cup of Z Espress coffee. A strong convenience retail offer combined with 60 million transactions per year – which is second only to supermarkets – provides confidence in the growth potential of Z’s convenience retailing.”

Mike Bennetts said the company was continuing to lead the industry in much-needed reform.

“We expect new international procurement contracts for refined fuel and crude oil negotiated by Z over the last 12 months to deliver substantial savings for the company. Additionally, strategic supply decisions in the commercial fuel business are delivering a much better return on discretionary sales and help to ensure prudent commercial use of working capital,” he said.

“Z is continuing to make good progress on the consenting and design of an additional 40 million litres of bulk fuel storage at Lyttelton and Mount Maunganui, with consent granted for an additional 25 million litres at Lyttelton in early April.

“With moves by Port of Tauranga to dredge to enable larger vessels, Z is positioning itself to use larger and more cost-effective import vessels to deliver Z’s finished fuel products, which should also represent significant cost savings.”

 

Mike Bennetts said the company remained very active in moving the industry onto a robust commercial footing.

“Ensuring the capital cost of terminal operations is captured in commercial contracts is already sending important investment signals and enabling much needed reinvestment in the country’s fuel infrastructure.”

Mike Bennetts said Z was also interested in developing fuel related services and in the next generation of liquid transport fuels, while ensuring these are developed in a fully commercial way.

“We are very conscious of the impact of higher fuel prices on consumers,” he said. “While there has been an improvement in profitability to the point where there now exists confidence to make required infrastructure investment, this remains a high fixed cost, low margin business.

“Z has a number of advantages and opportunities which have delivered strong growth. With further development of our strategy, an integrated operation, and disciplined execution through a committed group of employees, we believe Z is well placed to deliver future strong performance,” he said. 

 

(1) Z’s statutory earnings are prepared on a historic cost basis (as required by IFRS). Earnings prepared on this basis are subject to fluctuations in the value and volume of stock held over the period, due to changes in oil prices, exchange rates and deliveries. For the FY13 this approach to valuing stock has resulted in a decrease in value of stock of $31.5 million which is reflected in Z’s statutory earnings.

(2) Z’s management, and the company’s capital providers, focus on (and Z provides guidance on) current cost earnings which better reflect the underlying trading performance of the business. More information about current cost accounting and the difference between current cost and historic cost earnings is provided at the end of this announcement.

 

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The Z Energy Group provides information on its earnings based on both a Historic Cost and Current Cost basis. The difference between the two is the cost of sales adjustment (COSA) of $32 million. The COSA is the difference between earnings calculated on an historic cost basis and earnings calculated on a current cost basis. It reflects the differing valuations of the period’s opening and closing fuel (or inventory).
Historic cost (as required by NZ IFRS and disclosed in the statutory financial statements) calculates the cost of inventory on a “first in, first out” basis. Current cost revalues all stock to its replacement cost. Current cost is a non-NZ IFRS number but is used by management and capital providers as it better reflects the underlying business model – which is not to trade in stock (i.e. “buy low, sell high”), but to seek to generate sustainable margin on stock (whatever its acquisition price).
Fluctuations in the value of stock due to changes in oil prices and exchange rates, and the timing of deliveries, inevitably occur and are reflected in Z’s historic cost (NZ IFRS) earnings. Separately identifying the effect of such fluctuations (via the COSA) means that the underlying operating performance of the Z Energy Group’s business model is also separately shown.
Historic and current cost earnings will differ in any one period, but should deliver similar results over time.

The Z Energy Group provides information on its earnings based on both a Historic Cost and Current Cost basis. The difference between the two is the cost of sales adjustment (COSA) of $32 million. The COSA is the difference between earnings calculated on an historic cost basis and earnings calculated on a current cost basis. It reflects the differing valuations of the period’s opening and closing fuel (or inventory).

Historic cost (as required by NZ IFRS and disclosed in the statutory financial statements) calculates the cost of inventory on a “first in, first out” basis. Current cost revalues all stock to its replacement cost. Current cost is a non-NZ IFRS number but is used by management and capital providers as it better reflects the underlying business model – which is not to trade in stock (i.e. “buy low, sell high”), but to seek to generate sustainable margin on stock (whatever its acquisition price).

Fluctuations in the value of stock due to changes in oil prices and exchange rates, and the timing of deliveries, inevitably occur and are reflected in Z’s historic cost (NZ IFRS) earnings. Separately identifying the effect of such fluctuations (via the COSA) means that the underlying operating performance of the Z Energy Group’s business model is also separately shown.

Historic and current cost earnings will differ in any one period, but should deliver similar results over time.

01/05/2013 - General News

Joint lead managers appointed for potential Z Energy float

Infratil Limited today announced the appointment of four investment banks by Z Energy and its shareholders as work continues towards a possible partial float of Z Energy in the third quarter of the year. Chief Executive of Infratil, Marko Bogoievski, said Infratil and NZSF Aotea Limited (for the New Zealand Superannuation Fund) have appointed First NZ Capital and Goldman Sachs as Arrangers, together with Craigs Investment Partners / Deutsche Bank and Forsyth Barr as Joint Lead Managers. “While we have not yet fully committed to a listing, or confirmed the detail around a listing, work is progressing well and is on track for a potential listing in the third quarter of the year.

Infratil Limited today announced the appointment of four investment banks by Z Energy and its shareholders as work continues towards a possible partial float of Z Energy in the third quarter of the year.

Chief Executive of Infratil, Marko Bogoievski, said Infratil and NZSF Aotea Limited (for the New Zealand Superannuation Fund) have appointed First NZ Capital and Goldman Sachs as Arrangers, together with Craigs Investment Partners / Deutsche Bank and Forsyth Barr as Joint Lead Managers.

“While we have not yet fully committed to a listing, or confirmed the detail around a listing, work is progressing well and is on track for a potential listing in the third quarter of the year.

“The appointment of these institutions is a positive step forward towards that objective,” he said.

“Each of these institutions has a strong track record in managing IPOs and we are very pleased to have their advice on such an important project. We believe we now have the right combination of skills and expertise to help the shareholders and Z Energy successfully manage a partial float of the company.”

Marko Bogoievski said work would continue with these advisors and further announcements regarding the potential listing would be made in due course.

“The appointment of these institutions is a positive step forward towards that objective,” he said.

22/04/2013 - General News

Neighbourhoods have decided how Z will divide $1m between local groups and projects

The voting phase of Z’s Good in the Hood programme is over and the results of how the $1m will be divided are in.

Over 600 community groups doing good in neighbourhoods across New Zealand were selected from thousands of applications and Z customers were asked to vote for their favourite group throughout March.

Every Z service station in New Zealand supported four neighbourhood groups that had applied to be part of the programme. These groups are now receiving a share of the $4,000 allocated to each of Z’s 210 service stations based on how the Z stations’ customers voted.

Customers making a purchase at a Z station during March was given an orange token and invited to vote for the organisation they wished to support.

The votes have now been tallied and the cheques are being presented over the next week or two,

Customers also voted in Z’s online Token Hunt at z.co.nz and the 10 groups which received the most votes through the Token Hunt are receiving an extra $500 each.

 

It is not all over for groups as a further $1,000 per service station has been set aside for Z’s local retailers to support other neighbourhood projects as they arise through the remainder of the year.

Z’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said: “We wanted our 210 Z service stations to be at the heart of their neighbourhoods, with local operations benefiting local people,” said Mark.

Mark also said Z was impressed by the calibre of applications received for the programme. “We were humbled by the passion and commitment demonstrated by many of these groups and the amazing work they’re doing in their local neighbourhoods.”

“These are tough economic times, but these groups have an unwavering focus on helping people, and as a Kiwi company we want to help them make a difference for New Zealanders.”

“We want to thank all the Z customers who took the time to vote either in our service stations or online – your vote has made a real difference,” Mark said.

To see how much funding your favourite neighbourhood group received, visit www.z.co.nz/Groups

 

19/04/2013 - General News

Z receives resource consent for new storage tanks in Lyttelton

Z Energy today announced that the company had received resource consent for an additional 25 million litres of storage at Lyttelton Port of Christchurch.

Z has plans to build two new 10 million litre bulk fuel storage tanks at Lyttelton Port. Re-founding existing tanks will also increase storage at the port by an additional five million litres.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said that if the decision was made to build the additional tanks at Lyttelton Port, it would significantly improve the level of fuel security in the South Island.  

“We have yet to make a final decision on building the additional tankage, but getting the resource consent is another step in the right direction. One of the factors that would influence our final investment decision is Lyttelton Port’s ability to accommodate larger ships.

“On top of the 30 million litres we commissioned at Lyttelton in 2011, this additional tankage will start to address some of the serious infrastructure deficit that has developed over the last 20 - 30 years and enable a more secure and reliable supply of fuel to New Zealand. It will also enable Z to procure larger shipments of imported products that will lower freight costs,” said Mike.

Z is also currently in the preliminary engineering and consenting phase for additional bulk fuel storage at Mount Maunganui. 

“We’ve decided Mount Maunganui and Lyttelton represent the most strategically important locations for additional bulk fuel storage. Together, these two potential projects represent a $40 million investment in 35 million litres of new bulk fuel storage at these ports,” said Mike.

The tightness of the fuel supply chain was demonstrated in March when the South Island experienced a diesel shortage and some competitor companies ran out of diesel at some sites.

Z also welcomed the announcement from Port of Tauranga in March that it had received approval to carry out a dredging project that would widen and deepen its shipping channels. 

“The ability to import fuel on larger vessels can make for significant savings in freight. This can lower our costs which will make us more competitive in how we choose to price to our customers.

“The benefits could be even more widespread if a South Island port, particularly Lyttelton Port, could accommodate larger ships as it would improve the efficiency of transporting fuel to the South Island.”

“Combined with additional fuel storage capacity, this would further improve fuel security as we would be able to provide more stock cover and minimise the impact of any supply disruptions,” said Mike. 

05/04/2013 - General News

Development partnership leads to cultural landmark for Wellington

A partnership between Z Energy and the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust has led to the unveiling of a significant new public art work which reflects some of the cultural and historical significance that lies beneath Wellington city.

In September last year, Z Energy began construction of its newest retail service station in Wellington. During early stages of excavation a Victorian brick culvert dating from around 1870 was uncovered. The culvert channels the Waimapihi Stream which emerges from the top of Holloway Road and, following the development of Wellington city, now runs underground before entering Wellington Harbour.

The Waimapihi stream is culturally important because it contains a midden that has produced shells that date back approximately 600 years.  The midden and its contents give arise to continued habitation by Māori over this period.  The stream itself is named after a female Maori ancestor, Mapihi, who once bathed in the stream.

Faced with an unexpected and culturally significant discovery under its Vivian Street site, Z started discussions with the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust as to how the development could also recognise and commemorate the significance of the stream and the area.

Through collaboration between each organisation it was decided and agreed that a sculpture made from the bricks from the Victorian culvert would be built and located on the site to commemorate the stream.

Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust spokesperson, Liz Mellish, said that the Trust was delighted with the outcome.

“The unveiling of a sculpture will allow us to commemorate a really significant place for Wellingtonians and recapture the magic of the Waimapihi stream,” Liz said.

The sculpture was designed and constructed by well-known Wellington sculptor Ra Vincent. Ra was recently nominated for an Academy Award for his work on set design for the Hobbit and helped design and construct the nine metre high Gandalf sculpture that appeared on the Embassy theatre to mark the film’s premiere.

The sculpture is two metres high, involves more than 500 old bricks and will be accompanied by display boards at the site which tell the story of the cultural significance and history of the Waimapihi stream.

The sculpture will be unveiled on the site in a dawn ceremony in early April just before the site is opened for business and from there will be visible for visitors and tourists.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said the journey had been a new experience for the company.

“As a local company we’re really pleased to have been a part of this and to have helped make this impressive work happen. We’ve learned a huge amount through this process and, perhaps more importantly, have started to build a new relationship which is really important to us.”

26/03/2013 - General News

Z Energy turns up the speed at the pump with wave and go payments

Visa and Z Energy have joined forces to bring consumers a faster way to pay for petrol and other goods with the introduction of Visa payWave in Z Energy stores across the country beginning today at Z Constable Street in Wellington. The roll out to all Z sites will run through until the end of May.

With stores in 205 locations, Z Energy will become the largest retailer to offer the convenience of contactless payments in New Zealand.

The new technology will allow customers to make purchases under $80 without the need to sign or use their PIN. Customers simply wave their Visa payWave-enabled card in front of the payment terminal at the checkout to complete their transaction.

Tim Dryburgh from Z Energy says contactless payments offer multiple benefits for the business and its customers. 

“We are looking forward to offering Z Energy customers a faster, more convenient payment option. From a business perspective, contactless payments offer shorter queues and improved service for customers, and allow us to process more transactions per hour.”

Visa payWave cards have an embedded antenna and microchip, enabling a fast and secure contactless communication with the terminal at the checkout. From there, the transaction is processed through the same secure Visa network used for all Visa transactions.

Visa payWave transactions are protected by multiple layers of security, including EMV chip technology, a short read range, and Visa’s Zero Liability policy1 which means cardholders are not liable for unauthorised transactions.

Visa’s country manager New Zealand and South Pacific, Caroline Ada, says contactless payments are an ideal solution for businesses processing large volumes of transactions on a daily basis where speed of service is essential.

“Visa payWave transactions can be up to three times faster than cash and four times faster than other forms of card payments2. We’re thrilled to be working with Z Energy to make everyday purchases more convenient for customers.”

Visa payWave cards can be used to make purchases over NZ$80 by entering a PIN or signature, and as a traditional Visa card for purchases online, over the phone or at retailers that are yet to install contactless terminals.

“Visa payWave uses near field communication (NFC) technology to process payments, the same technology used in mobile payments. The continued roll-out of contactless payments will lay the groundwork for the introduction of mobile payments in the future,” says Caroline Ada.

Visa payWave technology is available in Visa credit cards and Visa debit cards issued by ASB, ANZ, BNZ and Westpac.

Contactless payments are well established globally. Worldwide Visa has launched Visa payWave programs with more than 40 issuers in 15 countries and territories.

Media contacts:

Joanna Glover  
Porter Novelli on behalf of Visa
Tel: + 64 9 631 2900 or +64 21 2462480
E: joannag@porternovelli.co.nz  

Jonathan Hill
Z Energy
Tel: 04 498 0212 or  021 44 00 90 
E. Jonathan.Hill@z.co.nz

About Visa

Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments. We operate one of the world’s most advanced processing networks - VisaNet - that is capable of handling more than 24,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and assured payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit corporate.visa.com.


1Visa's Zero Liability policy covers Australian and New Zealand-issued cards and does not apply to ATM transactions, transactions not processed by Visa or certain commercial card transactions. Cardholders should notify their issuer promptly of any unauthorised Visa use. Please consult your issuer for additional details. 

2Average Visa payWave transaction including printing of receipt takes 4-6 seconds, compared with 12-14 seconds for cash (Visa Smart Card Deployment Study in Taiwan and Malaysia, conducted by Deloitte in 2006).

 

21/03/2013 - General News

Clarification around butane blending case

Following reported comments from fuel company Gull in the media, Z Energy today said legal action regarding Gull’s practice of blending additional butane into its petrol was not of concern to Z or in any way related to it.

Gull is currently involved in a legal case with the New Zealand Customs Service over the company’s practice of blending additional butane into petrol. Butane contains less energy than petrol and is taxed at a significantly lower rate to mineral petrol.

“Gull has repeatedly suggested its court case has implications for the rest of the industry yet we are not aware of any other company deliberately blending additional butane into its petrol before selling to customers,” said Z Energy.

“Gull is seeking to highlight the completely different process by which leftover fuels from terminal and pipeline operations are blended back into fuels to prevent them being flared or otherwise destroyed and wasted.

“This is an unavoidable operational practice that companies try as hard as they can to minimise. It is an entirely separate issue – the legal action relates to a single company seeking to reduce the level of tax they pay. It has nothing to do with companies seeking to manage an unavoidable by-product from fuel processing as efficiently as possible. 

“Z has been represented in constructive engagement with Customs on this issue for some time now, through the industry joint venture Wiri Oil Services Limited (WOSL). The volumes for Z in the re-blending process are very small across all operations and we view these comments as a deliberate distraction and a side issue. 

“We have every confidence that these discussions will be satisfactorily concluded through a process which is well underway.” 

Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212, 021 440 090 

21/03/2013 - General News

Z Energy able to meet diesel demand

Z Energy today said while diesel supplies in the South Island are very tight, the company was carrying sufficient stock to meet its customers’ demands.

Diesel supplies in the South Island are tight following an unplanned extension to an outage at Refining New Zealand, late crude oil deliveries and two companies importing cargos of finished diesel which did not meet the New Zealand specification.

Z Energy General Manager of Supply and Distribution, Rob Freeman, said while supply of diesel was tight across the South Island, Z had planned for a possible scenario like this and routinely holds higher stock levels to ensure it can consistently meet customer demand.

“As a result of deliberately holding higher stocks, and a strong contracted trucking network, Z is able to meet our customers’ demand and does not expect any disruption to supply,” he said.

“New Zealand has developed a very tight fuel supply infrastructure over the last 20 years and holding additional stock for times like this represents a major investment of capital,” he said.

Z and other companies have arranged urgent import cargos from around the Asia Pacific to boost stock positions and the first of these arrives in the South Island on Sunday to begin replenishing stocks.

Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212

08/03/2013 - General News

Z Energy to explore possible sharemarket listing

Shareholders confirm the possibility of a partial listing in the third quarter of 2013.
Transport energy company Z Energy is preparing for a potential listing on the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX), Infratil Limited and NZSF Aotea Limited (for the New Zealand Superannuation Fund) confirmed today.
“While no firm decisions have been made, and any listing will depend on market conditions at the time, we have asked Z Energy to work towards a possible listing of 40%-60% of the company in the third quarter of 2013,” the parties said in a joint statement.
Z Energy was purchased by Infratil and the Fund from global energy company Shell in 2010, with each party taking a 50% share.
“At the time of purchase Z Energy had the challenge of transitioning off the Shell global platform, new capital investment priorities and the challenge of executing a countrywide rebranding,” said Infratil CEO Marko Bogoievski.
“Now, nearly three years on, these have been met, and Z Energy has strong cash-flows, a good dividend outlook and growth options, which would suit a wider investor audience.”
Matt Whineray, spokesperson for the Fund, said the listing would be beneficial for New Zealand’s capital markets.
“The Fund’s investment in Z Energy has performed well, with the asset benefiting from increased capital investment, strong branding and a focus on customer service,” Mr Whineray said.

Shareholders confirm the possibility of a partial listing in the third quarter of 2013.

Transport energy company Z Energy is preparing for a potential listing on the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX), Infratil Limited and NZSF Aotea Limited (for the New Zealand Superannuation Fund) confirmed today.

“While no firm decisions have been made, and any listing will depend on market conditions at the time, we have asked Z Energy to work towards a possible listing of 40%-60% of the company in the third quarter of 2013,” the parties said in a joint statement.

Z Energy was purchased by Infratil and the Fund from global energy company Shell in 2010, with each party taking a 50% share.

“At the time of purchase Z Energy had the challenge of transitioning off the Shell global platform, new capital investment priorities and the challenge of executing a countrywide rebranding,” said Infratil CEO Marko Bogoievski.

“Now, nearly three years on, these have been met, and Z Energy has strong cash-flows, a good dividend outlook and growth options, which would suit a wider investor audience.”

Matt Whineray, spokesperson for the Fund, said the listing would be beneficial for New Zealand’s capital markets.

“The Fund’s investment in Z Energy has performed well, with the asset benefiting from increased capital investment, strong branding and a focus on customer service,” Mr Whineray said.

“As a result, Z Energy now represents a larger proportion of the Fund than it did at the time of purchase, and a partial listing appeals to us as a way of diversifying our investment portfolio.”
As at 31 January 2013, Z Energy was the $21 billion Fund’s second-largest New Zealand investment, making up 2.4% of the total Fund.
Both parties confirmed that, while no final decisions have been made, at this point they would be likely to retain stakes in the company of between 20% and 30% each.
The announcement was welcomed by Z Energy Chief Executive Mike Bennetts, who said the listing would provide an opportunity for Z’s customers, bondholders and members of the New Zealand public to take an ownership stake in a significant Kiwi business.
Mike Bennetts said Z would provide further updates on the possibility of a listing as the company made progress.
Z Energy (www.z.co.nz) supplies around 30% of New Zealand’s fuel. It owns and manages businesses including 17.1% of Refining NZ, which runs New Zealand’s only fuel refinery; a 25% stake in Loyalty New Zealand which runs Fly Buys; over 200 retail sites; around 90 truck stops; and pipelines, terminals and bulk storage terminal infrastructure around the country. Z Energy supplies fuel to retail customers and large commercial customers like airlines, trucking companies, mines, shipping companies and vehicle fleet operators. It also provides bitumen to roading contractors and manufactures ingredients used in detergents and other household products.

“As a result, Z Energy now represents a larger proportion of the Fund than it did at the time of purchase, and a partial listing appeals to us as a way of diversifying our investment portfolio.”

As at 31 January 2013, Z Energy was the $21 billion Fund’s second-largest New Zealand investment, making up 2.4% of the total Fund.

Both parties confirmed that, while no final decisions have been made, at this point they would be likely to retain stakes in the company of between 20% and 30% each.

The announcement was welcomed by Z Energy Chief Executive Mike Bennetts, who said the listing would provide an opportunity for Z’s customers, bondholders and members of the New Zealand public to take an ownership stake in a significant Kiwi business.

Mike Bennetts said Z would provide further updates on the possibility of a listing as the company made progress.

 

Z Energy (www.z.co.nz) supplies around 30% of New Zealand’s fuel. It owns and manages businesses including 17.1% of Refining NZ, which runs New Zealand’s only fuel refinery; a 25% stake in Loyalty New Zealand which runs Fly Buys; over 200 retail sites; around 90 truck stops; and pipelines, terminals and bulk storage terminal infrastructure around the country. Z Energy supplies fuel to retail customers and large commercial customers like airlines, trucking companies, mines, shipping companies and vehicle fleet operators. It also provides bitumen to roading contractors and manufactures ingredients used in detergents and other household products.

21/02/2013 - General News

Vote for your favourite neighbourhood group at your local Z

Over 600 groups doing good in neighbourhoods across New Zealand have now been selected to be part of Z’s ‘Good in the Hood’ programme and customers can start voting for their favourite groups from 1 March.

Through this programme, Z will contribute over $1 million to neighbourhood groups and projects that matter the most to its customers.

Every Z service station in New Zealand will be supporting four neigbourhood groups each. These groups will receive a share of $4,000 per service station based on the voting of Z customers. A further $1,000 per service station has been also set aside for Z’s local retailers to support other neighbourhood projects throughout the year.

Every customer making a purchase (excluding cigarette only purchases) at a Z station between 1 – 31 March will be given an orange token and invited to physically vote for the organisation they wish to support.

From that point, the votes will be tallied, the results will be announced and the cheques presented.

Customers can also vote online via z.co.nz/GoodintheHood as the selected groups will receive an extra $500 each if they’re one of the ten groups nationwide who receive the most votes in Z’s online Token Hunt. 

Z’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said that the amount of funding each of the 600 groups receive will be determined by Z’s customers.  

“We want our 210 Z service stations to be at the heart of their neighbourhoods so we’re going for a truly local approach which will ultimately be determined by our customers,” said Mark.

Mark also said Z was impressed by the calibre of applications received for the programme.    

“We were overwhelmed by the passion and commitment demonstrated by many of these groups and the amazing work they’re doing in local neighbourhoods.”

“Their unwavering focus on helping people despite limited funding being available in these tough economic times is inspiring. The least we can do as a Kiwi company is to give some of these groups the support they need to make a difference for New Zealand.”

“We think that ‘Good in the Hood’ will make a real difference in neighbourhoods across New Zealand. It’s one way we’re choosing to live our brand promise that Z really is for New Zealand,” said Mark.

A list of all the neighbourhood groups selected nationwide can be found here.   

14/02/2013 - Submissions and Presentations

Problem to solution - Z Energy and sustainability

How can a fuel company lead the development of a new sustainability paradigm? What’s happening in the global energy markets and what challenges does a more sustainable energy future face? What’s the future for biofuels in New Zealand? Mike Bennetts, the CEO of Kiwi company Z Energy, sets out how Z seeks to move from being at the heart of the sustainability problem to a part of the solution.

11/02/2013 - General News

Over 600 groups selected for ‘Good in the Hood’

Over 600 groups doing good in neighbourhoods across New Zealand have now been selected to be part of Z Energy’s ‘Good in the Hood’ programme. 

Through this programme, Z Energy will contribute over $1 million to neighbourhood groups and projects that matter the most to its customers.

Every Z service station in New Zealand will be supporting four neigbourhood groups each. These groups will receive a share of $4,000 per service station based on the voting of Z customers during March. A further $1,000 per service station has been also set aside for Z’s local retailers to support other neighbourhood projects throughout the year.

Each of the successful groups will also be in line for an extra $500 if they’re one of the ten groups nationwide who receive the most votes in Z’s online Token Hunt, also running throughout March.

Z Energy CEO, Mike Bennetts, said the company’s neighbourhood investment approach was as decentralised as possible. 

“We want our 210 Z service stations to be at the heart of their neighbourhoods so we’re going for a truly local approach which will ultimately be determined by our customers,” said Mike.

Over 4000 applications for the programme were received in November. The criteria that the groups needed to fulfill to apply for ‘Good in the Hood’ included:

  • being active in the local neighbourhood around a specific Z station
  • being focused around helping people who need it and
  • being for a specific project or to fulfill a specific need.

“We feel that it’s only fair to support the people who support us, and we think that Good in the Hood will make a real difference in neighbourhoods across New Zealand,” says Mike.

A list of all the neighbourhood groups selected nationwide can be found below:

 
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Z Station Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
Z 11th Ave Breast Cancer Support Service Tauranga Trust (BCSS) Brainwaves Rehab Tauranga Search and Rescue Bay of Plenty Sexual Assault Support Service
Z 15th Ave Bay of Plenty Sexual Assault Support Service Homes of Hope Charitable Trust Tauranga Community Foodbank Trust Sands Bay of Plenty
Z Addington Canterbury Plunket Christchurch South Community Watch Inc Christchurch Group Riding for Disabled Christchurch Women's Refuge
Z Albany Auckland @ Heart Coastguard North Shore Yes Disability Resource Centre Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
Z Alexandra Lions Club of Alexandra Community Vegetable Garden Jigsaw Central Lakes Central Otago Riding for the Disabled
Z Amberley Amberley Meals On Wheels Amberley Volunteer Fire Brigade Supporter Society Amberley Area Foodbank Barnardos New Zealand
Z Andy Bay Prostate Cancer Foundation Otago Community Hospice Coastguard Dunedin Incorporated CanTeen Otago 
Z Anglesea Epilepsy New Zealand Hamilton Volunteer Fire Brigade CanTeen Waikato St John Hamilton Health Shuttles
Z Ashburton Plunket Car Seat Service Ashburton Volunteer Fire Brigade Victim Support Mid Canterbury Volunteering Mid & SC- Ashburton Volunteer Health & Safety Training
Z Avondale Bellyful West Auckland VisionWest Community Trust Hospice West Auckland Foundation for Youth Development Waitakere
Z Awakeri Edgecumbe Volunteer Fire Brigade Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter Bay of Plenty Sexual Assault Support Service KidsCan Charitable Trust
Z Balclutha Volunteer Fire Brigade Balclutha South Otago Buddy Programme St John Balclutha IHC/IDEA Services Balclutha Sensory Garden Project
Z Barrington Camp Quality Age Concern Canterbury Hohepa Canterbury The Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind
Z Beach Road Ronald McDonald House Auckland Mercy Hospice Auckland Radio Lollipop New Zealand The Salvation Army 
Z Belfast Camp Quality Belfast Community Network Kahikatea Adventure Education Trust Rotary Club of Belfast/Kaiapoi
Z Bethlehem Grief Support Services New Zeal Foundation Tauranga Community Food Bank Trust Homes of Hope Charitable Trust
Z Bishopdale Christchurch Women's Refuge St John The Canterbury Charity Hospital Canterbury Step Out Trust
Z Botany Downs Coastguard Maraetai Diabetes NZ Auckland Branch Botany Support Group Habitat for Humanity Sweet Louise
Z Bowater Motors Whenua Iti Outdoors Motueka Riding for the Disabled Motueka Victim Support Motueka District Toy Library
Z Broadway Strathmore, Seatoun & Bays Plunket Kaibosh Food Rescue Pacific Peoples Wellbeing Trust Sweet Louise
Z Brougham St Waltham Youth Trust Canterbury Youth Development Programme Bellyful Christchurch Cholmondeley
Z Browns Rd Life Education Trust Counties Manukau Manurewa West Kindergarten Age Concern Counties Manukau Homai Early Childhood Centre
Z Bruce Mclaren Rd Budget Service West Auckland Hospice West Auckland Foundation for Youth Development Waitakere VisionWest Community Trust
Z Bryndwr St John Papanui/Merivale Plunket The Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind - Guide Dogs Ronald McDonald House South Island 
Z Burnside Bellyful Christchurch Camp Quality Canterbury Coastguard Air Patrol Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Z Cambridge Neighbourhood Support Cambridge Victim Support Cambridge Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade Order of St John Cambridge
Z Carlton Corner Ferndale Special School and Resource Centre Holly House Community Outreach Cancer Society Canterbury/West Coast Division  Christchurch Women's Refuge
Z Caroline Bay The Kiwi Can South Canterbury Charitable Trust Board Sands Timaru and Districts Timaru Community Patrol Coastguard South Canterbury Incorporated
Z Cashmere Sexual Abuse Survivors Trust Christchurch South Community Watch Inc Living Springs Children's Camp Canterbury Life Education
Z Central Parade Mount Maunganui Community Patrols New Zeal Foundation Homes of Hope Charitable Trust Tauranga Community Foodbank Trust
Z Clevedon Coastguard Maraetai Kawakawa Bay Orere Health Clinic Inc Rescare Auckland Incorporated Clevedon Plunket Volunteer Committee 
Z Constable Street Newtown Breastfeeding Support Centre Wellington @Heart Wellington Volunteer Fire Support Unit Wellington Volunteer Coastguard Incorporated
Z Constellation Dr Coastguard - North Shore Foundation for Youth Dvelopment Community Patrol North Shore North Harbour Blue Light
Z Courtenay St Red Cross NZ Mellowpuff Charitable Trust Taranaki Volunteer Coastguard Service Inc The Salvation Army New Plymouth - Community Garden Project
Z Crofton Downs Wellington @Heart Sweet Louise Marsden Day Care Trust The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind
Z Cromwell Cromwell & Districts Returned & Services Assoc. Victim Support Central Otago Cromwell Youth Worker Trust (The Hut) Coastguard Wanaka Lakes Incorporated
Z Curletts Rd Victim Support Christchurch The Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind - Guide Dogs St John Christchurch Women's Refuge
Z Darfield Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Darfield Volunteer Fire Brigade St John Malvern Autism NZ Canterbury
Z Dee St Women's Refuge Invercargill Southland Stroke Club Inc Cancer Society Supporting Families Southland For Mental Wellness
Z Dinsdale West Hamilton Night Owls Hamilton Land Search and Rescue Trust Waikato Base Westpac Rescue Helicopter Kirikiriroa Family Services Trust Family Start
Z Dublin St Wanganui Hospice Wanganui Volunteer Coastguard Inc Wanganui Land Search and Rescue St John Wanganui (Ambulance)
Z Eastside True Colours Charitable Trust Taiohi Toa Trust Victim Support Hamilton Hospice Waikato
Z Edgecumbe Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter Edgecumbe Volunteer Fire Brigade Edgecumbe Bluelight KidsCan Charitable Trust
Z Ellerslie Victim Support Auckland @Heart Child Cancer Foundation Sweet Louise Ellerslie
Z Fairway Arohanui Hospice Victim Support - Manawatu/Tararua Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter Salvation Army Community Garden
Z Fairy Springs KidsCan Charitable Trust Victim Support Rotorua Growing Through Grief Rotorua Mamaku Volunteer Fire Brigade - First Response Vehicle
Z Fenton Street Aroha Mai Cancer Support Services Baytrust Rescue Helicopter Rotorua Land Search and Rescue Hospice Rotorua
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04/12/2012 - General News

Z Broadway opens its doors

Z Energy has this morning opened its newest Z-branded service station, Z Broadway. This will be a six lane refitted site, with the full Z service and convenience offer as well as a carwash.

Located near the airport on the corner of Calabar Road and Broadway, Z Broadway was officially opened this morning by local Rongotai MP Annette King.

The site was formerly operated as a retail service station by a competitor and closed in August 2012.

Z’s Retail General Manager, Mark Forsyth, said that Z was pleased to be taking over the Strathmore site.

“We’re stoked to be the first service station to welcome both visitors and returning Wellingtonians to the world’s coolest little capital,” said Mark.

 

Z is jointly owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Kiwi company Infratil. Since making the decision to rebrand as Z Energy, the New Zealand company has stayed committed to investing in New Zealand’s fuel infrastructure and growing their network.

“The opening of Z Broadway reflects our commitment by continued investment in New Zealand, and offering New Zealanders, and in this case Wellingtonians, greater choice and convenience,” Mark said.

Mark said the Broadway site is a very important addition to Z’s Wellington retail network and expects it to be an extremely busy site that will serve the growing airport area very well.

“If you’re heading to or from the airport or just in the neighbourhood, pop in to Z Broadway to fuel up. While you’re there, try our delicious espresso coffee and fresh café quality food,” said Mark.

 

06/11/2012 - General News

Z Energy results announcement for the six months to 30 September 2012

Z Energy’s strengthening local brand and progress with its strategy implementation saw the company deliver solid underlying performance for the first six months of the 2013 financial year, despite vigorous competition and a stubbornly slow domestic economy.

Z’s statutory reported Net Surplus for the six months ended 30 September was $2.3 million, down 90 per cent from $22.9 million for the previous corresponding period. Z’s statutory reported numbers are calculated on an historic cost basis as required by International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Historic cost calculates the cost of fuel sold on a first in, first out basis. Therefore historic cost earnings take into account changes in the value of inventory, which may be volatile depending on how much the price of oil fluctuates. Dubai crude started the period at $NZ147 per barrel and finished at $NZ133.

Z’s management (and capital providers) focus on current cost earnings as this reflects the underlying business model, with Z constantly selling fuel and buying product to replenish its inventory. Z uses various risk management tools including currency and commodity hedging to protect margin in a business which is high volume and low margin.

Current cost is calculated by revaluing the cost of fuel to its current value. The difference between historic cost earnings and current cost earnings reflects the differing valuations of the period’s opening and closing fuel (or inventory). Over time the two measurements should be similar, but there will be differences in any one accounting period and generally historic cost earnings will be more volatile.

Z’s recorded Current Cost Operating EBITDAF for the six months was $96.8 million, up 17 per cent from $82.8 million for the previous corresponding period.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said he was particularly pleased with how Z’s ongoing strategy implementation and the evolving Z brand was helping deliver consistent earnings despite continued volatility in both global and domestic fuel markets.

Volumes across the industry declined over the six months, reflecting petrol prices above $2 per litre and subdued economic activity. Within the industry, strong competition in the retail market in particular has seen shifts in market share, with Z’s petrol sales down seven per cent compared to the same period last year. This has been impacted by the closure of many Z sites over the period for rebranding and refitting.

“It’s now one year since the commitment was made to the Z brand, resulting in one of the country’s most visible rebranding projects. It’s now three months since the rebrand of 300 sites was completed, on time and on budget, with Z now a wholly independent, locally owned company trading under a distinct local brand,” said Mike Bennetts.

“Given the investment in building and owning the Z brand rather than leasing a global brand, we have been encouraged with the way the new Z brand is resonating with customers.

“Independent brand tracking now shows Z as New Zealand’s most preferred and recommended brand in this category, with increasing customer loyalty.”

Additionally, Z’s new convenience offer is landing well, with shop sales in reformatted Z stores delivering a 5.5 per cent growth in sales year on year. All 100 tier one sites will be refitted by the end of the financial year.

Mike Bennetts said progress continued to be made against strategy.

“We’ve completed our $12 million investment in a new retail state-of-the-art point of sale system for a faster, more reliable customer experience and we now in the resource consenting process for significant investments in boosting the country’s tight fuel supply chain.

“We’ve decided Mount Maunganui and Lyttelton represent the most strategically important locations for additional bulk fuel storage and we’re now in the preliminary engineering and consent phases for a $40 million investment in 35 million litres of new bulk fuel storage at these ports.

“On top of the 30 million litres we commissioned at Lyttelton last year, this additional tankage will start to address some of the serious infrastructure deficit that has developed over the last 20 - 30 years and enable a more secure and reliable supply of fuel to New Zealand. It will also enable Z to procure larger shipments of imported products that will lower freight costs.”

Mike Bennetts said Z remained committed to transparency around prices, margins and profitability.

“In a $2 per litre plus market, the New Zealand public expect to be told how much money a local company like Z makes. Over the six month period there was volatility in fuel margins but, at the end of the period, Z’s current cost net profit after tax equates to a margin of 2.6 cents per litre compared to 2.4 cents per litre for the previous corresponding period.

“While there has been a much-needed, short-term improvement in gross margins, this was mostly offset by growing operating and financing costs, meaning we are still a high volume, low margin industry with real need for major capital investment. Commentators like the AA repeat that fuel margins are higher than historical averages but they miss the point that the post tax profits are largely the same. It is also Z’s view that the history of this industry has not served New Zealand or the motorist well and that the current state of the industry and its infrastructure is something to be fixed rather than be proud of.”

Mike Bennetts said Z remained committed to building a more efficient and effective company that delivered the best value to customers.

“We’ve taken real gains over the last six months which enable us to grow our shop and carwash income, generate efficiencies, refocus attention on profitable commercial customers and enable us to focus on reinvestment in our business and in meeting our customers’ needs.

“Z’s recent contract to buy petrol and diesel from a Korean refinery will cut $5 million of annual costs out of the business and in March 2013 Z will settle an unconditional contract to sell and lease back 44 retail service station properties across New Zealand.

“This contract follows eight properties already sold and leased back and will free up a further $84 million of capital for reinvestment back into the growth of the core business.”

Mike Bennetts said he expects conditions to remain challenging over the remainder of the financial year, with the volatility that has characterised the first half, but reaffirmed the company’s full year current cost EBITDAF guidance at $185 - $200 million.

Reconciliation from Operating EBITDAF (Current Cost) to Net Surplus (per statutory accounts)
Operating EBITDAF (Current Cost) 96.8
Cost of sales adjustment (42.5)
Associate earnings 3.6
EBITDAF (Historic Cost) 57.9
Interest other (22.9)
Interest shareholder (13.5)
Depreciation and Amortisation (20.5)
Impairments (0.2)
Asset Revaluations (1.6)
Hedge Revaluations 4.4
Income Tax (1.3)
Net Surplus (per statutory accounts) 2.3

The Z Energy Group provides information on its earnings based on both a Historic Cost and Current Cost basis. The cost of sales adjustment (COSA) is the difference between earnings calculated on an historic cost basis and a current cost basis and reflects the differing valuations of the period’s opening and closing fuel (or inventory). Historic cost (as required by IFRS and disclosed on the statutory financial statements) calculates the cost of inventory on a first in, first out basis. Current cost revalues all stock to its current value. Current cost is a non-IFRS number but is used by management and capital providers as it reflects the underlying business model.

Historic cost earnings are subject to fluctuations in the value of the stock held on the balance sheet due to changes in the price of oil and exchange rates. Over time historic cost and current cost measures should deliver similar results but there will be differences in any one accounting period.

01/11/2012 - General News

Applications now open for $1m in funding for neighbourhood groups

Charities and community groups helping people in need within local neighbourhoods can now apply for funding from their local Z service station, via z.co.nz/goodinthehood. 

Z Energy last week announced that it will contribute over $1 million to neighbourhood groups and projects that matter the most to its customers, through the Z ‘Good in the Hood’ programme.

Applications are now open and Z’s team of passionate Retailers around the country are looking forward to viewing the applications and supporting organisations that are making a difference in their local neighbourhoods.

Z Energy CEO, Mike Bennetts, said the approach was as decentralised as possible.

“We want our 210 Z service stations to be at the heart of their neighbourhoods so we’re going for a truly local approach which will ultimately be determined by our customers.

“It doesn’t make any sense for me or somebody else in Wellington to try and decide what matters in Ashburton or Tauranga, so we’re asking the locals to tell us and for our customers to vote.”

The criteria that the group or project needs to fulfill to apply for ‘Good in the Hood’ include:

  • be active in the local neighbourhood around a specific Z station
  • be focused around helping people who need it and
  • be for a specific project or to fulfill a specific need.

Applications will be received over the month of November, with each of the 210 Z service stations then selecting four local neighbourhood groups or projects to support. These groups and projects will be announced on z.co.nz in February 2013.

Following that, every customer visiting a Z station for a period of time will be given an orange token and invited to physically vote for the organisation they wish to support. From that point, the votes will be tallied, the results will be announced and the cheques presented.

Each service station will have $5,000 to contribute through the Z Good in the Hood programme, with $4,000 through the on-site customer voting element and $1,000 for discretionary neighbourhood support over the year.

“We feel that it’s only fair to support the people who support us, and we think that ‘Good in the Hood’ will make a real difference in neighbourhoods across New Zealand. It’s one way we’re choosing to live our brand promise that Z really is for New Zealand,” says Mike. 


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There is more information about Good in the Hood, and the ability to submit your application, in the Good in the Hood section.

15/10/2012 - General News

‘Good in the Hood’: over $1 million to support what matters most

Z Energy today announced it will contribute over $1 million to neighbourhood groups and projects that matter the most to its customers, in the Z ‘Good in the Hood’ programme.

 

“Our customers have told us that they expect a Kiwi company to give back to local neighbourhoods and support the things that matter most to New Zealanders, so that’s what we’re doing with ‘Good in the Hood’,” said Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts.

 

“We want our 210 Z service stations to be at the heart of their neighbourhoods so we’re going for a truly local approach which will ultimately be determined by our customers.”

 

On 1 November, through z.co.nz, neighbourhood groups and projects from across the country will be able to apply to a specific Z service station to be part of the programme.

 

The only criteria that the group or project needs to fulfill to apply for ‘Good in the Hood’ are:

 

• be active in the local neighbourhood around a specific Z site and

• be focused around helping people who need it.

 

For the month of November, applications will be received, with each of the 210 Z service stations then selecting four local neighbourhood groups or projects to support. These groups and projects will be announced on z.co.nz in February 2013.

 

Following that, every customer visiting a Z station for a period of time will be given an orange token and invited to physically vote for the organisation they wish to support. From that point, the votes will be tallied, the results will be announced and the cheques presented.

 

Each service station will have $5,000 to contribute through the Z Good in the Hood programme, with $4,000 through the on-site customer voting element and $1,000 for discretionary neighbourhood support over the year.

 

Mike Bennetts said the approach was as decentralised as possible. “It doesn’t make any sense for me or somebody else in Wellington to try and decide what matters in Ashburton or Tauranga, so we’re asking locals to tell us and for our customers to vote.

 

“What we’ve seen in the first year in which we trialed this approach is that we’ve been able to support all sorts of grass roots organisations making a real difference in local neighbourhoods.

 

“We think that ‘Good in the Hood’ will make a real difference in neighbourhoods across New Zealand. It’s one way we’re choosing to live our brand promise that Z really is for New Zealand.”



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There is more information about Good in the Hood, and the ability to submit your application, in the Good in the Hood section.

12/10/2012 - General News

Z and Hampsta partner towards a debt free Christmas

Z Energy is pleased to partner with Hampsta to help Kiwis save towards a debt free Christmas.

Hampsta is a Christmas savings card that helps people to put aside money each week to enjoy a great Christmas at the end of the year. Savings will automatically become available on the 1st of December every year until 10th January the following year, and can be used at participating stores nationwide.

Z’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth said that Z decided to become a participating hampsta retailer because it recognises how Christmas can be an expensive and stressful time of year.

“Christmas can be a stressful time for families, but budgeting in advance and squirrelling away a little bit of money each week to your hampsta card can help reduce the financial stress so often felt by Kiwis over the Christmas period,” says Mark.

More information on hampsta and other participating retailers can be found on www.hampsta.co.nz

28/09/2012 - General News

Z plans sale and leaseback of nine service station properties

Nine Z Energy service station properties throughout New Zealand have been placed on the market for sale through Colliers International.

The properties, located in Tauranga, Rotorua, Ngatea, Paeroa, Te Aroha, Hawera and Opotiki in the North Island and Blenheim and Dunedin in the South Island, will all be leased back by Z and will remain in the company’s nationwide network of service stations under registered leases.

The operation of the sites and the associated businesses are not for sale and Z plans to maintain its presence in these neighbourhoods.

The properties are for sale by deadline private treaty closing on Wednesday 31 October 2012 (unless sold before the deadline date) on initial lease terms of three to 12 years.

Z’s Asset Manager Gail Calder said that the property sales are part of Z Energy’s long term plan to enable further investment in capital to support the growth of its core business.

“We’re selling the freehold interest in these properties to release capital for reinvestment in the business,” she says.

“It’s an opportunity for us to direct capital into building new sites, while at the same time keeping these stations operating under the Z brand as part of our network.”

The offering follows the successful sale and leaseback of eight Z service station properties earlier this year.

The properties will be marketed by Colliers International, who co-ordinated Z’s successful sale and leaseback programme last year.

06/09/2012 - General News

The Z experience - becoming up to five times faster!

You know the feeling… you find yourself in the queue and all you want to do is pay and get on with your day. Maybe the kids are in the car. But each electronic transaction just drags on… the seconds become minutes… you feel your blood pressure begin to rise…

This all too common retail experience will soon be a thing of the past at Z Energy sites. The company is nearing completion of a $12 million project to replace the electronic point of sale systems in all 203 of the company’s service stations and 93 truckstops which will cut average EFTPOS transaction times from as high as 15 seconds to just a few.

Z’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said the most consistent feedback from Z’s customers was that they valued speed. He said the project will see a slow, 20-year-old system replaced with state-of-the-art Kiwi-made technology, cutting queues and getting customers in and out as quickly as possible.

“We’re investing heavily in giving our customers the speed they have told us they value and we’ve partnered with leading Kiwi technology company, Fusion Transactive, to deliver this project and the technology for us.

“Cutting 10 plus seconds off a transaction time doesn’t sound like much in itself, but the time savings add up, particularly during busy times, and will help minimise inconvenience for our customers. It will cut times in queues and help stop them from forming in the first place. It’s another example of Z listening to our customers and then taking action,” he said.

The replacement project is now underway, with the new system operational in around half the company’s retail sites. The project will be complete in November.

13/08/2012 - General News

Z Energy bond offer closes oversubscribed at $135 million

Z Energy Limited (‘Z Energy’) closed its retail bond offer on 10 August 2012, having successfully raised $135 million (which includes $35 million in oversubscriptions).

The offer opened on 18 July 2012 with an interest rate of 6.50% p.a. (paid quarterly in arrears) and a maturity date of 15 November 2019. The bonds are senior, secured, fixed rate obligations of Z Energy, and will rank equally with each other and with existing bonds issued by Z Energy.*

This issue represents the Z Energy group’s third successful retail issue in as many years since the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Infratil acquired Shell’s New Zealand downstream oil and fuel operations in April 2010.** The proceeds of the issue will primarily be used to pay down bank debt.

Z Energy Chief Executive Mike Bennetts today said he was very pleased with the level of ongoing investor support for Z Energy.

“We are delighted to have previous and new investors choosing to continue to support Z Energy. We’re very pleased with the level of investor confidence and support both for Z Energy and the New Zealand market and we are determined to reward that support through building a world-class Kiwi company.” he said.

 

* The bonds are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Z Energy, Aotea Energy Limited, Z Energy Holdings Limited, Greenstone Energy Finance Limited, Harbour City Property Investments Limited and Mini Fuels & Oils Limited ("Guarantors").  The guarantee is secured over all assets of the Guarantors, except for certain excluded assets. The Z Energy group's banks and bondholders share the same security over the Guarantors' assets on an equal ranking basis. Both groups rank behind security held by Z Energy’s suppliers over crude oil and refined products (and their proceeds), in each case to the extent that the supplier has not received payment of the purchase price for them.   The security also ranks behind statutorily preferred creditors and (in certain circumstances) other working capital providers.

** The ultimate joint owners of Z Energy, the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Infratil, do not guarantee the bonds.

 

05/07/2012 - General News

Z Energy announces bond offer to New Zealand investors

Z Energy Limited (Z Energy) has today registered a Simplified Disclosure Prospectus (SDP) for an offer of bonds to the public with a principal amount of up to $100 million (with the option to accept oversubscriptions of up to $50 million) and a term of approximately seven years, maturing 15 November 2019.

Z Energy is pleased to be offering the bonds to New Zealand investors, following its two successful bond offerings in 2010 and 2011. This offer represents an opportunity to invest in the bonds of a locally owned and strategically important New Zealand energy company which distributes around one third of New Zealand’s total fuel.

The offer is expected to open on Wednesday 18 July 2012 and to remain open until Friday 10 August 2012, or such other date determined by Z Energy. The interest rate applicable to the bonds will be determined and announced prior to the offer open date. The bonds are expected to be quoted on the NZX Debt Market (NZDX) from 16 August 2012.*

The bonds are senior, secured, fixed rate obligations of Z Energy, and will rank equally with each other and with existing bonds issued by Z Energy. The bonds are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by the Z Energy Group.**

Bondholders and the Z Energy Group’s banks share the same security on an equal ranking basis. Both groups rank behind security held by Z Energy’s suppliers over crude oil and refined products (and their proceeds), in each case to the extent that the supplier has not received payment of the purchase price for them. The security also ranks behind statutorily preferred creditors and (in certain circumstances) other working capital providers.

Interest will be paid quarterly in arrears, with the first interest payment date scheduled for 15 November 2012. Early bird interest will accrue (to the extent applications are successful), at the interest rate, from the date on which subscription money is banked into the offer trust account to the issue date and be paid shortly after the issue date.

The Joint Lead Managers are:
ANZ: 0800 269 476, www.anz.co.nz/ipo
Craigs Investment Partners: 0800 226 263, www.craigsip.com
Forsyth Barr: 0800 367 227, www.forsythbarr.co.nz
Westpac Institutional Bank: 0800 601 901

Investors should contact any of the Joint Lead Managers or their financial advisor to request a free copy of the SDP.***

For further information contact one of the Joint Lead Managers on the contact details above.

* Application has been made to NZX Limited (NZX) for permission to list the Bonds on the NZDX and all the requirements of NZX relating to that application that can be complied with on or before the date of the SDP have been duly complied with. However NZX accepts no responsibility for any statement in the SDP or this announcement. NZX is a registered exchange, and the NZDX is a registered market, each regulated under the Securities Markets Act 1988.

** ‘Z Energy Group’ means Z Energy, Aotea Energy Limited, Z Energy Holdings Limited, Greenstone Energy Finance Limited, Harbour City Property Investments Limited and Mini Fuels & Oils Limited. The guarantee is secured over all assets of the Z Energy Group, except for certain excluded assets.

*** Applications for bonds can only be made using the application form included in the SDP. No applications for bonds will be accepted or money received unless the subscriber has received a copy of the SDP. The minimum application amount is for bonds with a principal amount of at least $5,000 and in multiples of $1,000 thereafter.

Contact:

Richard Norris, Treasurer: 04 462 4611
Jonathan Hill, Corporate Communications: 04 498 0212

29/06/2012 - General News

Forecourt service and a local choice from Kaitaia to Bluff

One of the largest rebranding projects in recent history is now complete, with the local Z brand now dotting the landscape from Kaitaia to Bluff.

Today, the last Shell service station in New Zealand becomes Z. This represents two local entities – the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Infratil - coming together to buy the local downstream assets of one of the biggest brands in the world, returning it to Kiwi ownership and taking a bold decision to come up with a distinctly local brand, from scratch.

“We’re very grateful to our customers for giving us a chance to launch a brand new, local brand and for being generous with their feedback. A brand is an experience, rather than a logo and we’re committed to continually improving what we’re offering our customers,” said Mike Bennetts, Chief Executive of Z Energy.

“Today’s milestone marks the end of one era and the beginning of another that reflects the growing sense of confidence New Zealanders have in the ability to be world-class and to do things our own way.

“We’ve replaced one of the world’s biggest brands with something distinctly Kiwi and we’re doing business differently. To top it off, profits stay in New Zealand, and flow directly back to New Zealanders via the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.”

Mike Bennetts said Z is aware of the higher expectations placed on it as a local company and is determined to exceed them.

“Z is for New Zealand, but being local isn’t just about being for New Zealand. It’s also about being for Christchurch, for Whangamata, for Balclutha and all the other neighbourhoods we operate in. That’s why we’ve donated, or are in the process of donating, $5,000 per service station to local charities or community groups that matter to our customers.

“Over the course of the Z brand rollout, we will have donated well over $1 million to around 700 community groups,” said Mike.

Since Z announced the national rollout of the Z brand on 3 November, it has rebranded almost 300 service stations and truck stops across the country – that’s approximately a site a day.

“Keeping people safe was our primary focus during such a large, physical rebrand process. Considering that there were 87,360 installation hours worked, we’re really

pleased that the safety measures put in place and the commitment of our contractors meant there were no serious injuries.”

“We specifically made the decision to employ local contractors right across the country to manufacture the signage and carry out the rebrand. The dedication they have brought to the task has been fantastic – we didn’t have a doubt, but we absolutely made the right decision in keeping it local.

“Thank you to our contractors up and down the country and to every one of the Z team who are helping to give our customers the service and experience they deserve.”

The rebrand might be complete, but Z has no plans to stop listening to its customers.

“Just because we have finished rebranding, doesn’t mean we have stopped listening,” said Mike.

“We may not always get it right, but we are aiming for consistently great service, so we pay attention when customers suggest ways to improve.”

Key metrics

  • 208 retail sites and 93 truckstops
  • $35 million investment to rebrand
  • More than 3,500 people employed nationwide for brand roll out and refurbishment
  • Over $1 million donated to around 700 community groups
  • 20,700 individual signage items manufactured
  • 14 km of canopy fascia panels installed
  • 100,000 LED lights installed
  • 36,000 cubic metres of old signage recycled or returned to Shell
  • 87,360 onsite installation man hours

26/06/2012 - General News

Last Z site rebrand begins

The last Shell branded service station in New Zealand, Shell Raceway in Addington, Christchurch, will be rebranded as Z Addington this Friday, marking the completion of one of the largest rebranding projects in recent history.

“We embarked on the journey to build a local brand from scratch because our customers told us they wanted a fuel company they could relate to and claim as one of their own,” said Mike Bennetts, Chief Executive of Z Energy.

“Everything we have done in building the Z brand and experience is based on in-depth research of what customers want.”

The Z journey started with one of the largest pieces of market research undertaken in New Zealand for at least a decade, involving 17,000 Kiwis. Based on this feedback, the company opened 10 Z pilot sites across the country, then sought further feedback from customers. Further refinements were made before the national rollout began, but the journey continues.

Key to the early success of Z has been our commitment to listening and actually having conversations with our customers, which the company plans to continue. “Just because we are about to finish rebranding, doesn’t mean we have stopped listening,” said Mike.

“We may not always get it right, but we are aiming for consistently great service, so we pay attention when customers suggest ways to improve.”

Z is already seeing the pay-off from being guided by customer feedback. A recent independent survey undertaken by Colmar Brunton for consumer rating agency Canstar Blue, showed that Z was already New Zealand’s most preferred fuel retailer and that the company’s commitment to service was resonating strongly.

But it’s one thing asking the customer what they want, and a whole different ball game ensuring it’s consistently delivered.

Mike said that it all hinged on the attitude of the Z teams who serve customers every day. “One of the most exciting things about this journey is how engaged Z site staff have become. They are proud to work for a Kiwi company that encourages them to be themselves and to take pride in delivering great service. Judging by the results of the Canstar Blue survey, our own research, and our own feedback process, this has translated into a great experience for our customers.”

25/06/2012 - General News

Z Energy Limited considers retail bond issue

Z Energy today confirmed it is considering a retail bond issue.

Z Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, said any bond issue would likely be launched in mid July.

Any issue would likely be of senior, secured fixed rate bonds, with bondholders sharing the same security as Z's banks and existing bondholders, on an equal ranking basis.

At this stage no decision had been taken as to the size of any future issue, or other terms of the bonds.

Z Energy is seeking preliminary indications of interest. You can register your interest now with the Arranger (contact details below) or your financial advisor. A copy of the Simplified Disclosure Prospectus prepared for the issue will be forwarded to you upon release.

Indications of interest will not involve an obligation or commitment of any kind. No money is currently being sought and no applications for the bonds will be accepted or money received unless the subscriber has received a copy of the simplified disclosure prospectus in relation to the bonds.

Arranger
ANZ
0800 269 476
www.anz.co.nz/ipo

Contact:

Richard Norris, Treasurer: 04 462 4611
Jonathan Hill, Corporate Communications: 04 498 0212

18/06/2012 - General News

Z Energy responds to court case brought by Rena salvors

Z Energy today said it was misguided for Z to have been named in proceedings brought by Svitzer Salvage BV over the level of compensation paid for the use of the marine oil tanker, Awanuia, in the Rena recovery effort.

The Awanuia is a dedicated marine fuel tanker owned by Seafuels Limited, and chartered by Z Energy to take fuel oil from the Marsden Point refinery to supply ships in Auckland harbour. In early October 2011 Z Energy agreed to release the Awanuia from its normal charter for two months, enabling the vessel to safely remove 1,300 tonnes of marine fuel oil off the Rena and thereby preventing a much worse environmental catastrophe.

Z Energy has now been named in proceedings brought by Svitzer Salvage BV (the salvors), which seek to reopen the contracted amounts agreed to be paid by it to Seafuels for the charter of the Awanuia.

Z Energy General Counsel, Meredith Ussher, said Z was disappointed to be brought into legal proceedings that were essentially between Svitzer and Seafuels, the owner of the Awanuia.

“We were pleased to be able to release the Awanuia from our charter so its owner could deploy it in Tauranga. We negotiated payments from Seafuels to Z that covered our costs incurred in making alternative supply arrangements for our customers.

“The contractual arrangements between Svitzer and Seafuels were separately negotiated between them, and Z quite rightly had no visibility of the costs, charges or other arrangements between these two parties.

“We seem to have been caught up in a dispute that doesn’t involve us. Svitzer is seeking reimbursement of the payments it has made to charter the Awanuia, and Svitzer only made those payments to Seafuels.”

Z separately negotiated the purchase of the oil removed from the Rena directly with the vessel’s owners, an arrangement which was entirely separate from the contractual discussions between the salvors and Seafuels. The Rena oil was reprocessed at the Marsden Point refinery, thus avoiding other means of disposal (which possibly could have involved dumping in a landfill in Tauranga).

“We can’t presume why we are named in these proceedings other than in error. We’re proud of the contribution we’ve made to the Rena recovery and the way we have gone about it.

“Z Energy has applied to be removed as a party to the litigation, and believes it is up to the other parties to sort out their own commercial dispute,” said Ms Ussher.

15/06/2012 - General News

Independent research shows Z most preferred by Kiwis

Two weeks out from the conclusion of the Z Energy rebranding project, independent research released today shows the new Kiwi brand has already clearly emerged as the country’s most preferred fuel retailer.

The research was conducted by Colmar Brunton for Canstar Blue and covered 2,500 consumers. Despite the Z brand not quite being completely rolled out yet, Z outperformed the rest of the industry, scoring five star ratings in terms of overall satisfaction, service, range of other items, appearance and cleanliness and facilities.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said he was delighted with the results, which were consistent with the company’s own research.

“We’ve launched the Z brand to better reflect our local ownership and our commitments to deliver real value for our customers in the areas that matter most to them.

“It’s been a big decision to develop a local brand from scratch instead of sticking with one of the world’s biggest brands, but we listened carefully to customers before we took the decision and we’ve developed a brand and an offer which is all about our customers.

 

“Z stands for something completely different in this market. We’re a local company for a start, our profits stay here for the benefit of New Zealanders and when we say ‘Z is for New Zealand’, we mean it.”

Mike Bennetts said Z was committed to building a genuinely world class company.

“The very last Z site will be launched late in June in Christchurch, bringing an end to one of the country’s biggest and most visible rebranding projects in at least a decade.

“But the branding exercise is really the tip of the iceberg. We have only just started in terms of consistently delivering against what our customers tell us they want. Kiwi customers deserve more than what they’ve previously been offered and we’re committed to delivering the real value our customers seek and deserve.”

 

  • The final Z site to be rebranded will be Z Addington in Christchurch on 27 June.
  • Canstar Blue's research on service stations can be found on their website.

14/06/2012 - General News

Partnership with emerging Kiwi rally talent, Hayden Paddon announced

Z Energy has announced a sponsorship partnership with emerging Kiwi rally talent, Hayden Paddon, who is back to compete in the New Zealand leg of the FIA World Rally Championship being 21 – 24 June in Auckland.

Z Energy Fuels Marketing Manager, Tim Rosenbrook, said he was thrilled for Z to be supporting a young Kiwi driver who is making great progress on the world rally stage.

“Our agreement will see Z support Hayden’s demanding world rally circuit campaign with Hayden in return assisting Z in the promotion of Z’s fuels portfolio, including our brand new 95 octane ZX Premium fuel,” said Tim.

“We reckon Hayden will be a great Z brand ambassador and role model for young Kiwis and we’ll be really excited to see him putting our ZX Premium fuel through its paces.”

Z’s ZX Premium petrol features a high dose of a cutting-edge engine and friction modification additive which can help protect an engine and improve performance.

“We ran an extensive global search for an ultra-modern engine cleaning additive and have sourced this product from one of the world’s leading fuel additive companies. It’s delivered outstanding results under test conditions and ZX Premium is being rolled out across Z sites nationally.”

Hayden said it was great for his team to establish a partnership with Z Energy as a leading local company.

“We share common Kiwi values and what Z is trying to achieve in New Zealand mirrors the success we are trying to achieve in the World Rally championship.

“I look forward to working closely with Z and showcasing the quality and advantages of their new ZX fuel while working towards our goal of World Rally Champion.”

Tim Rosenbrook said Hayden was particularly impressive due to his clarity of goals, including his aim to be World Rally Champion in 2015, and the clear commitment to his career path.

“We wish Hayden every success as a young ambitious Kiwi, taking on the rest of the world and look forward to him racing in Auckland in just a few days.”

24/05/2012 - General News

State-of-the-art Z service station for Sanson

Z Energy is coming to Sanson with a state-of-the-art service station replacing the small and run down Shell site in the town.

But, first we have to start from scratch, which means closing the site and demolishing all of the buildings currently on it.

Z’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said the knock down and replacement of the current site with a brand new Z station represented the company’s commitment to the town.

The Shell site will close on 28 May, with the new Z site reopening at the end of August.

“We’re the last service station in town so we appreciate the need to shut for a period may be an inconvenience to some motorists. We appreciate the patience of locals and travellers and we promise that our new offer will be well worth the wait,” he said.

“Our new site will deliver a new look reflecting our local ownership, a fantastic new Z attitude and upgraded offer featuring tasty Kiwi-made pies, espresso coffee and hotel style bathrooms.

“In addition, Z Sanson will feature Z’s forecourt concierge – guaranteed forecourt service for people who want it between 10am - 5pm every day of the week, as well as a new truckstop.”

Mark Forsyth said the rebuild of Sanson and the introduction of the full Z offer would be a $3 million plus investment and represented Z’s commitment to some of the smaller regions of New Zealand alongside major city sites.

For motorists travelling through Sanson during the rebuild, the nearest Z or Shell sites are:

Shell Fairway - 435-439 Rangitikei Line, Palmerston North (Z in June)
Z Ferguson St – 372 Ferguson Street, Palmerston North
Z Pioneer Hwy – 676 Pioneer Highway, Palmerston North
Z Marton – 166 Broadway, Marton
Z Levin – 11 – 15 Oxford Street, Levin
Z Waiouru – State Highway 1, Waiouru

For those that are really low on fuel, the nearest supplier is Mobil Bulls.

23/05/2012 - General News

Tokaanu service station to close in June

Z Energy today said declining sales and aging underground fuel tanks less than a kilometre from Lake Taupo had led to the decision to close its service station at Tokaanu.

The site will close on 18 June and the underground tanks immediately removed.

Z’s Communications Manager, Jonathan Hill, said the site had become increasingly uneconomic and was selling less and less fuel, especially as some surrounding businesses had recently closed.

“It’s a tough decision, but it’s the right one,” he said. “We have one of the country’s largest service stations just a four minute drive away at Turangi, which we have recently substantially upgraded.

“With a 30 year old tank so close to the lake we need to be cautious and get them out now.

“With the tanks needing removal and with the business continuing to decline we’ve had to take the tough decision to close the site and point motorists to our neighbouring Turangi site.”

Jonathan said the Tokaanu population fluctuated seasonally and was very small in between holiday periods.

He said there would be an opportunity for some staff deployment into the Turangi site. The garage neighbouring the Tokaanu site would be unaffected by the closure.

“While this isn’t a decision we like making, I don’t expect this closure to be a significant inconvenience and we remain committed to serving the local Turangi and Tokaanu communities.”

21/05/2012 - General News

Z leads fuel price decrease, advances investment

Z Energy today said steadily easing global fuel prices, and a stabilising Kiwi dollar, had enabled the company to lead national price decreases across both grades of petrol and diesel of four cents and three cents per litre respectively.

This decrease takes Z’s national prices to 215.9 cents per litre for 91 octane petrol, 223.9 cents per litre for 95 octane petrol, and 153.9 cents per litre for diesel.

Z’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said he was aware of recent scrutiny and comment around fuel pricing and Z was pleased to be able to lead the decrease.

“We want to be straight up that we have started to see a long-overdue improvement in retail fuel margins over the last few weeks after months of pretty poor margins. We are in a highly fixed cost, low margin industry which has historically compensated for very low returns by steadily reducing investment in New Zealand’s basic infrastructure,” said Mark.

“The reluctance from the global oil companies to invest in New Zealand can no longer continue without compromising New Zealand’s security of fuel supply. The recent improvement in fuel margins of around four cents per litre – out of which operating costs are taken – starts to provide the confidence that Z needs to commit $50 million of capital investment in bulk storage infrastructure that New Zealand needs.

“We’re now advancing these plans.”

Z’s net profit margin on fuel sales for the last financial year was 2.1 cents per litre. Its return on capital was less than 10 per cent.

Mark Forsyth acknowledged the pressure from the likes of the AA for prices to have dropped earlier because fuel margins were higher than they had historically been.

“We have been consistent with the AA and with the public – our customers - that history has not served the New Zealand motorist at all well in this industry, and it’s time to change that.

“More than half of New Zealand’s service stations have been closed in the last 25 years, bulk fuel storage has not kept up with fuel demand, fuel tankers are travelling millions of kilometres more on our roads each year as a result, and some of our competitors are avoiding costs by not adding cleaning additives to their petrol,” he said.

“We can continue down this road until our supply chain breaks or we can be straight up with our customers and tell them what’s happening in this industry and why it matters.

“As a Kiwi company, we’re committed to delivering value to our customers and to New Zealand. We will always compete hard on price but we are not afraid to tackle the hard issues in our industry when others would rather not.”

 

15/05/2012 - General News

Brand, strategy provide growth platform for Z Energy

One year after choosing to switch to a local identity from one of the world’s biggest brands, Z Energy’s commitment to a new brand and strategy are combining to generate competitive advantage for one of the country’s largest fuel retailers.

The Z brand was launched in a pilot programme on 11 May 2011. The company committed to the full roll-out of the Z brand in November 2011 and the full rebrand of the company’s commercial and retail networks will be complete in June.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said the first full year of Z Energy – coinciding with the company’s financial year – had been one of maintaining performance while building a foundation for growth.

“The 12 months to 31 March 2012 were all about building a new brand and implementing the company’s strategy. These two elements in partnership are the cornerstone of being a local company and have already enabled us to post a strong result in very competitive market conditions.”

Z has posted Earnings Before Interest, Depreciation, Amortisation and Financial Instruments of $177 million for the full year, up from $167 million for the previous corresponding period. Net profit after tax was $77 million, down from $203 million for the 2011 financial year (although that included the effect of a $121 million revaluation of the company’s assets).

“The full year result is at the lower end of our guidance but our performance highlights the resilience and momentum we have in the business to manage volatility. In the last quarter refining margins were the lowest they have been since we bought the business and there has been significant price discounting across the Retail fuels market.

“In a low margin, highly competitive market, having the right strategy and a trusted brand becomes all the more important. Already our strategy projects are delivering improved performance and enabling future growth opportunities, while we have been very pleased with the way the Z brand is landing with our customers,” said Mike Bennetts.

“Our brand tracking shows Z is already a strong preference for Kiwis, with respondents more likely to recommend Z than any competitor. Our commitment to bringing service back to forecourts, being locally owned, and contributing back to local neighbourhoods is resonating well with customers, despite the fact that the brand roll-out is only two thirds complete. 

“We have areas to improve, such as better promoting our new food and coffee offer but customers are giving Z a chance, are expressing a clear preference for local ownership and what Z stands for and we’re committed to continuing to earn their loyalty,” he said.

Mike Bennetts said Z would continue to promote and lead change in the downstream fuels industry.

“As we’ve seen with the split industry vote around the Refining New Zealand upgrade, the New Zealand fuels industry is continuing to fragment. For decades the industry has promoted a low capital investment model which is no longer meeting New Zealand’s requirements for a secure and resilient fuel supply chain.

“Z is committed to moving the industry onto a much more commercial basis and revisiting the industry arrangements which are now acting as a constraint to much needed investment.”

Mike Bennetts said with 91 octane fuel consistently above $2 per litre, ongoing public scrutiny on fuel prices was to be expected.

“We are very aware of the impact of our prices on consumers and business so we’re committed to being straight up and as transparent as possible on prices and margins.

“When you boil it down, if you take all of the money we made – including our shop sales – and divide that by the total litres of fuel sold, we made a bottom line profit of about 2.1 cents per litre; that’s a return on capital employed of 9.6 per cent. For the purposes of transparency and consistency, Z buys, sells and prices fuel products – and reports results -  on a ‘current cost’ accounting basis.

“While there has been some recovery in fuel margins over April and May, this remains a highly competitive, low margin industry. We are getting to the point where returns are only now providing the confidence we need to commit to the major infrastructure investment that we have been expressing concerns about for the past year or so.” 

27/04/2012 - General News

Z votes ‘yes’ for Refinery upgrade

Z Energy today voted in favour of a $365 million upgrade to New Zealand’s Marsden Point oil refinery, though noted there was a great deal to consider and balance in reaching the decision.

Z Energy is the locally owned fuel company owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Infratil. Z owns a 17 per cent shareholding in the refinery and is the refinery’s single largest customer.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said Z had confidence in the ability of the refinery to safely manage the construction of the upgrade and had followed a thorough process in developing the project to this point.

“However, what we have also seen in the less than unanimous approval for this project is that the New Zealand downstream fuel industry is continuing to evolve and fragment.

“While we think the outcome today is the best for New Zealand, what we have seen today, is that some major shareholders in Refining New Zealand have expressed a preference for a different outcome.

“This is consistent with what we are seeing across New Zealand’s fuel supply chain, with a reluctance to invest capital in New Zealand’s infrastructure and an increasingly tight and fragile supply chain developing as a result.”

Mike Bennetts said as the global companies had made clear in their integrated business strategies, investing capital in overseas markets rather than in small and mature markets like New Zealand made sense as the returns in oil and gas production and rapidly expanding retail markets were more than double what is generated in New Zealand.

Mike Bennetts said the changing nature of New Zealand’s downstream fuels industry, as represented by today’s vote, was a good thing which needed to continue.

“This industry has deferred capital investment in important infrastructure for too long now. Similarly, some of the arrangements which have governed this industry for the last 30 years are past their use by date and are getting in the way of companies which want to invest.

“We’re pleased that this project is continuing because, on balance, we think it has the potential to deliver the cheapest fuel to New Zealand. We don’t deny that it was a finely balanced decision but at the end of the day Z is a locally owned company, New Zealand is the only country we operate in and we’re pleased to be able to have helped get this project across the line.”

26/04/2012 - General News

Z welcomes change of heart on Timaru tanks

Z Energy today said the decision to return 20 million litres of bulk fuel storage to service in Timaru was a very good outcome for New Zealand and for customers in the area.

In May 2010, Chevron closed its fuel storage terminal at Prime Port in Timaru, halving storage at the Port and leaving Z with the only operational tanks servicing the South Canterbury region. As a result, diesel supply in South Canterbury has been insufficient to meet the region’s demands.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said Z had been unsuccessfully trying to lease or buy Chevron’s tanks to boost fuel storage in South Canterbury and in late 2011 decided to raise the issue publicly to try and force a decision on the issue.

“The situation in Timaru was simply untenable. Port diesel supplies were insufficient to meet the region’s demand 90 per cent of the time and diesel was being routinely trucked from outside the area to try and meet demand.

“Customers were running out of fuel, especially at the height of the agricultural production season, and the lack of infrastructure was starting to compromise the region’s economic development.

“Additionally, when the Christchurch earthquakes hit, it was only Z’s tanks at Timaru which kept the city supplied.”

Mike Bennetts said Z had started a tank swap project at Timaru to deliver an incremental gain in diesel supplies which had now been halted because of the pending return of Chevron’s tanks.

“We welcome Chevron changing its mind and doing the right thing for South Canterbury and for New Zealand.”

Mike Bennetts said while this is a very good outcome, the situation in Timaru is symptomatic of what’s been quietly happening across New Zealand’s fuel supply chain for decades.

“Terminals and tanks have been progressively closed by the global companies as they have been redirecting capital to higher returning markets around the world, with the end result being a supply chain which is too tight, which lacks resilience, is increasingly dependent on trucking fuel and struggles to meet contingency situations.

“Z is committed to leading the investments that the New Zealand supply chain needs and we’re committed to changing the way the industry operates to enable this to happen.”

16/02/2012 - General News

Z Energy signs alliance agreement with technology innovator EROAD

New Zealand’s largest fuel supplier, Kiwi-owned Z Energy, today announced it has entered into an alliance agreement with Auckland-based transport technology company EROAD.

EROAD was established to modernise New Zealand’s paper based Road User Charge (RUC) regime. The EROAD solution encompasses a GPS/cellular product combined with an internet RUC management and payment gateway. In addition EROAD offers an extensive range of web based value-added services to commercial transport operators to monitor key business drivers including fuel consumption, driver compliance, fleet maintenance and road safety.

EROAD was established in 2000 and develops and manufactures both software and hardware in-house at its headquarters in Albany. CEO Steven Newman was previously the CEO of Navman and led EROAD to two New Zealand Hi-Tech awards in 2010. EROAD currently provides technology services to over 800 commercial fleets in New Zealand across a range of industries.

Z Energy Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said the alliance with EROAD was a part of Z’s commitment to innovation, sustainability and to finding new ways of adding value to commercial and retail customers and helping them cut their fuel bills.

“We’re really pleased to be partnering with an innovative, Kiwi company. EROAD have developed some incredibly smart technology and over the coming months we will be working closely together to develop better ways of doing business that can directly benefit our customers and make their lives easier,” he said.

“Additionally, as part of our position on sustainability, we’re committed to helping our customers reduce their fossil fuel use and the associated carbon emissions. To put it bluntly, we see this alliance with EROAD as a key to helping our customers use less of our existing products.”

 EROAD Chief Executive Steven Newman said the alliance with Z was an acknowledgement of the potential future applications of the technology.

 “We are already simplifying the business of road transport and making it safer and more efficient for trucking and freight companies across the country. We’re really excited at the opportunities this partnership provides for us to continue to develop customer transport technology across the commercial and retail markets.

 “We have chosen to partner with another Kiwi company that is committed to delivering value to customers in new ways. There’s been a real lack of innovation in New Zealand in the road transport space and we’re confident that with Z’s commitment to New Zealand and willingness to think outside the square, we will soon be able to jointly deliver better customer offers and experiences on the forecourt, on the roads and in the workplace.”

 

09/02/2012 - General News

New appointment to Z Energy executive

Z Energy has appointed the company’s General Counsel and Company Secretary, Meredith Ussher, to the company’s executive team.

Meredith has been with Z Energy since May 2010 when the company was acquired from Shell New Zealand. Previously with Todd Energy and the New Zealand Racing Board/TAB, Meredith is an experienced corporate lawyer in both the energy and franchise network industries. Prior to that, she was a Senior Associate with Minter Ellison Rudd Watts.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said he welcomed the diversity that Meredith brought to the Executive team, both in gender as well as her experience outside of the downstream oil industry given the commercial background she developed prior to joining Z. 

Mike said Meredith’s appointment reflected the company’s commitment to strong corporate governance and Meredith’s high performance as a senior executive.

01/02/2012 - General News

Z Card is here

Now that most parts of New Zealand have started to see their local Shell sites change into Z, it’s time for fuel card customers to be sent a new Z card to replace their Shell Card.

All Shell Cards will be replaced with a Z Card over the next few months. The first cards were mailed on 1 February 2012, and it will take until June for all customers to receive their new look card. In the meantime, all Shell Cards will be accepted at all Z and Shell sites as usual.

If you are an existing Shell Card customer, here is some important information about your new Z Card:  

  • Your new Z Card simply replaces the old Shell Card in your wallet
  • Your new Z card will have the same PIN that was loaded to the old Shell Card, and you can start using it straight away
  • Your new Z Card will have the same card limits and product restrictions originally specified
  • Your old Shell Card will automatically expire at the earlier of:
    • the first use of your new Z Card, or
    • the end of the month after the new Z card was issued.

    So if your new Z card is issued in February, your old Shell Card will expire on the last day of March, or earlier if you start using your new Z Card.

  • Once you’ve received your new Z Card, please destroy your old Shell Card by cutting it in half, and dispose of it responsibly
  • Your new Z Card can be used at any Z or Shell service station or Truckstop (as can the old Shell Card until it expires as above)
  • Next time you login to our online self-service Z Card Online, you’ll also notice the look a has changed.

Want to be a Z Card customer and not already? Find out more here.

06/01/2012 - General News

Pressure on fuel prices and impact on New Zealand

Z Energy, the Kiwi-owned fuel company supplying around one third of New Zealand’s total fuel, said developments in international oil markets were not affecting fuel supplies to New Zealand.

However, developments had caused a sharp increase in global prices which were impacting the price Z pays for fuel, but were not yet impacting Kiwi customers.

Z General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said the announcement of a potential European Union ban on oil imports from Iran and the possibility of disruptions to shipping through the Hormuz Strait had pushed up global crude oil and finished fuel prices during the week.

“We don’t envisage any short-term supply difficulties and Z is holding healthy stock levels to cover the holiday driving period.

 

“However, the price of a barrel of 91 octane petrol has increased by around US$7 per barrel since the end of 2011, which is roughly equivalent to around a six to seven cent per litre impact at the pump.

“Z has absorbed these higher costs in recognition that many families are currently driving home from their Christmas holidays and we will continue to hold retail prices over the coming weekend.”

Mark said Z was hoping for an easing of market conditions next week and would continue to evaluate prices on a daily basis.

08/12/2011 - General News

Z Energy rollout update: a clearer Kiwi choice this Christmas

Motorists will have a much more visible choice as to whether they want to support a new Kiwi company when they fill up over the summer holidays as the Z Energy rollout spreads quickly across the country.

More than 40 formerly Shell retail service station sites have already been rebranded as Z, with the remaining 170 sites across the country due for completion by the middle of 2012.

Z Energy’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said the choice of supporting a Kiwi company would be clearer this summer, with the Z brand being much more visible for travellers.

“Customers choosing to support Z will experience the brand through our guaranteed forecourt service between 10 and 5pm every day, the opportunity to help choose which community projects receive more than $1 million in support over the next year and a much-improved high quality coffee and food offer, not to mention our famous pies and cupcakes in many of the new Z sites,” he said.

Mark said as the rollout spread across the country, Z was continuing to actively seek customer feedback.

“We’re delighted with the feedback we’re getting from our customers. It’s clear that this industry had become complacent and needed a good shake up. The feedback from our customers makes us all the more committed to listening and continuing to earn their support and loyalty.

“We’d love our customers to tell us what they think of their Z experience this Christmas holiday, either through www.z.co.nz, www.facebook.com/zenergynz or through our interactive ‘A to Z’ screens which are progressively being rolled out as sites receive the new shop offer.

“Z is at the start of a long journey and listening to what our customers tell us is at the heart of us continuing to improve.”

Mark said around 3,500 would be employed nationwide over the rebrand and refit programme and he thanked all of the local contractors for their hard work and professionalism in safely running the Z rollout programme.

Z customers will also continue to receive double Fly Buys until the end of the year at both Shell and Z-branded sites.

To see when Z is coming to a town near you visit www.z.co.nz.

 

15/11/2011 - General News

Z Energy half year result

Z Energy today said trading conditions were tough with low economic growth and high pump prices resulting in declining industry fuel volumes over the six months to 30 September 2011.

Despite a noticeable increase in competitor responses to Z’s brand activity, Z continued to grow its market share in petrol and diesel sales and received positive feedback from its customers about the changes in brand and customer offers.

Read the full statement here.

Slides detailing this performance are available here: http://www.infratil.com/assets/Uploads/PDF/ift_results_breakdown_300911.pdf

03/11/2011 - General News

Z Energy commits to $60 million national brand rollout

Z Energy will soon be one of New Zealand's most visible brands, with the company committing $60 million to rolling out the new local brand across the country over the next nine months.

Starting today, the Shell brand will be progressively replaced with Z across all of the company's 210 retail service stations, 90 commercial truckstops and all company offices and operations.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said the decision to commit to the Z brand had been taken after exhaustive consumer research, careful consideration of customer feedback from the 10 site Z pilot programme and very strong results from brand tracking research.

“We will commit $60 million to continue to build a strong Kiwi brand and deliver a much better customer offer based on the feedback that New Zealanders have given us.

“Our customers have told us they want a contemporary local identity that reflects who we are as New Zealanders and what we value. Our consumer research has reflected a growing sense of national confidence which we call "New Kiwi" and upon which the Z brand is built.

“Despite the brand being just 16 weeks old and able to be experienced at just 10 pilot sites, recent brand tracking results show that one in two New Zealanders recognise the Z brand unprompted.

“Combined with the feedback from customers and the public, we now have the confidence to invest in continuing to build a world class Kiwi company and a very strong local brand,” he said.

“In selecting a brand that reflects that we are a Kiwi company, we are now making it obvious to the vast majority of New Zealand motorists that they can now choose to support a kiwi company when they're filling up.”

Mike thanked New Zealanders for the feedback that many people have provided and acknowledged the feedback that a new brand in itself would not be enough.

“We've been told loud and clear that Kiwis will give us a chance and back us, but they expect much more from us than they do from our international competitors. They want a new standard of service, they want better food and coffee, they want us to be straight up and transparent and they want us to listen.

“We've listened hard and what we are committing to today is a direct result of what people have taken the time to tell us they want. All Z sites will offer a guaranteed forecourt concierge for people that want it between 10am and 5pm, and around 100 sites will also have the Z espresso coffee and food offer, as well as upgraded bathrooms.”

Every Z site will contribute $5,000 to local organisations and charities in their area depending on how many customers vote for them.

“Over the course of the Z rollout we will contribute $1.2 million into local neighbourhood organisations that help New Zealanders who need it. Additionally, 3,500 locals will be employed in regions across the country over the course of the rebranding and refurbishment.”

Mike thanked people who had provided feedback for shaping Z's brand and offer.

“Our commitment to New Zealand is that we will continue to actively listen to what people tell us they want and will look to progressively improve what we're doing. Where we get it wrong and don't meet people's expectations we'll say sorry and fix it.

“People have told us they want much more in a service station experience than what they have come to expect. We reckon that New Zealanders deserve better and today represents the beginning of our commitment to delivering it across the country.”

Mike said the rollout of the Z brand and the new food and espresso coffee offer would be introduced to the 100 leading sites across the country and the Z brand to every site on a region by region basis over the coming nine months.

He said while the commitment to the rebrand and new customer offer represented significant investment, it would over time be more cost effective than continuing to lease the Shell brand.

A calendar is available at z.co.nz stating when Z is coming to each region.

Some interesting facts:

  • $60 million commitment
  • $1.2 million invested into local neighbourhood groups and initiatives
  • 3,500 people employed nationwide for brand roll out and refurbishment
  • 14 kms of new canopy, 1,200 metres of new bench tops to be installed
  • 36,000 cubic metres of old signage to be recycled

 

26/10/2011 - General News

30 million litres of new fuel storage improves southern supply

Z Energy today commissioned 30 million litres of bulk fuel storage tanks at the Port of Lyttelton, and committed to at least $10 million of additional investment in the South Island’s fuel storage infrastructure over the coming two years.

Z Energy is the New Zealand company which owns and operates the Shell-branded retail fuel business. Z is owned by Infratil and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.

The three 10 million litre tanks were formally opened by the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Minister, the Honourable Gerry Brownlee and the Chair of the Z Board Marko Bogoievski at a ceremony at the Port of Lyttelton today.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said the commissioning of the tanks had been delayed twice by the Christchurch earthquakes and it was pleasing to formally open the facility.

“I want to thank all of the many people who have been involved in developing this important project, unfortunately under some difficult circumstances.

 

“These tanks will make an important contribution to ensuring a reliable fuel supply to Christchurch and surrounding areas and it feels good to be completing an investment which will play a role in helping get Christchurch back on its feet,” he said.

The tanks hold 30 million litres of jet fuel, diesel and petrol and have cost $25 million to construct. All of the 30 million litre capacity – enough to boost Canterbury’s stock cover by a week - is now fully operational.

Mike said the country’s bulk fuel storage had been rationalised and reduced over the previous decade and there was now a need for sustained investment in the country’s fuel infrastructure.

“As a company owned by New Zealanders and committed to New Zealand, Z will take a lead in investing in the country’s energy infrastructure. Today I am pleased to announce Z’s plans to spend at least $10 million in additional fuel storage in the South Island.”

Mike said that detail around the exact location for additional fuel storage was currently being worked through and further announcements confirming the size and location of new tankage would follow over the coming months.

 

20/10/2011 - Submissions and Presentations

Telling the Z story

Today, the Thrive New Zealand conference kicked off in Auckland. Hosted by the Prime Minister, the conference features some of the country’s leading business figures, innovators, administrators and sports leaders.

The conference is about celebrating New Zealand business success and innovation and Z is one of the main company’s represented. Mike is one of the 17 speakers, and delivered this presentation at 11.20 this morning in front of 2,000 attendees. Here is a list of some of the speakers http://www.thriveinternational.co.nz/speakers.asp

 

Mike’s presentation is all about the Z Journey – the Z Why, our values, what we stand for and what we have learned about business in New Zealand in Z’s short journey. This is an opportunity to demonstrate thought leadership and tell the unique Z story to the New Zealand business community.

Here is the full slide pack and speech notes. A video of Mike’s speech will be available next week.

 

07/10/2011 - General News

Awanuia marine oil barge

Z Energy today said it would make the Awanuia marine oil barge available to play whatever role it could in an attempt to recover fuel oil from the Rena.

The Awanuia is a dedicated marine fuel barge owned by Seafuels and chartered by Z Energy to take fuel oil from the Marsden Point refinery to supply ships in Auckland harbour.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said Z was requested to make the boat available by the Rena’s salvors late last night.

“The salvors have requested that the Awanuia be in Tauranga on Monday and, thanks to the understanding of some of our marine customers, we have committed to that,” he said.

Mike Bennetts noted that any recovery operation would be carried out by the salvors, with Z’s contribution being the release of the charter and making the Awanuia available as requested.

19/09/2011 - General News

Z appoints new general manager

Z Energy has appointed Rob Wiles to the position of General Manager, Corporate.

Rob has had a strong international career specialising in corporate finance, infrastructure, treasury management, mergers and acquisitions, strategy and business development. He also has experience in the development of start-up businesses.

Rob has recently returned to New Zealand and comes to Z after completing a fixed term contract as Corporate Treasurer with listed company, Contact Energy. Prior to this role he was General Manager, Strategy, at nabCapital based in Melbourne.  Rob has held senior positions with NAB, Bank of New Zealand, Southpac Merchant Finance and National Bank of New Zealand.

Z CEO Mike Bennetts said he was pleased to welcome Rob to the Z team.

“Rob has the skills, commercial rigour and senior executive experience to make an important contribution to a company which is focused on customers and growth,” he said.

“His background in corporate finance, strategy development and the development of new business opportunities in particular give the Z Energy Executive team additional depth as we look to future development opportunities which may arise both within and outside of our current core business.”

Rob holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury, and Finance and Management from the University of London, as well as a postgraduate diploma in Banking from Massey University.
Mike Bennetts said Rob would start with Z on 17 October.

 

09/09/2011 - General News

Relaunch of the Z Energy Wilding Park Tennis Complex

The country’s largest tennis centre in Christchurch will be known as the Z Energy Wilding Park Tennis Centre following a $1 million donation from Z Energy shareholder, Infratil, to help pay for the reconstruction of the complex.

The Wilding Park Tennis Complex has 39 tennis courts and is internationally renowned for the many high profile matches it has hosted over the years. The complex was badly damaged in the February quake and has been out of action since. It typically employs about 30 people.

Canterbury Tennis is the regional body for the sport with 109 member clubs.

Z Energy Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said Z was delighted to be publicly associated with the rebuild of the most significant tennis centre in the country, which supports and promotes tennis for school age children through to professional levels.

“Infratil has made $1 million available to help get this centre back on its feet through the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, which was launched by the Prime Minister and led by Mark Weldon from the NZX. The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust has been established to make funding decisions.

“We have staff and significant operations in the Christchurch area and we are committed to continuing to invest in and support the city and its people. Z is really pleased to be a part of continuing to get Christchurch back up and running through helping one of the best most innovative sporting organisations in the country get back on its feet.”

Chief Executive of Canterbury Tennis, David Blackwell, said he was humbled by Infratil’s generous support for tennis in Canterbury and excited about the association between Z Energy as an emerging Kiwi company and the Wilding Park Tennis Complex.

“The $1 million of funding from Infratil will go a long way and we will also continue to work alongside the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Appeal in relation to their commitment to some additional funding. Current professional engineering reports will determine the exact configuration and location of the new facility.

“Once up and running again, we expect to have tens of thousands of school kids taking part in tennis development programmes every year, so this support will make a real difference for many Kiwi kids and families,” he said.

“The Z Energy Wilding Park Tennis Complex will serve as a symbol of the partnership between two leading Kiwi companies, the Government and the people of Christchurch towards something that really matters to Christchurch and to New Zealand.”

David said construction was likely to begin in the next five to six months with the facilities progressively reopened over the coming year.

06/09/2011 - General News

Z Putaruru wraps up 10 store pilot

What is becoming one of the country’s most visible Kiwi brands came to the Waikato this morning, with the opening of Z Putaruru. Z Putaruru, on State Highway 1, was officially opened this morning by South Waikato Mayor Neil Sinclair.

The opening of the site completes the 10 site Z pilot programme which started with Z Greenlane on 3 June. There are now Z sites in Wellington (2), Waiouru, Auckland (3), Christchurch (2), Turangi and Putaruru.

Z is jointly owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Kiwi company Infratil. The decision to replace the Shell logo with a new brand that reflects the local ownership of the business across the 10 pilot sites was developed following one of the largest pieces of customer research into what Kiwi consumers want in a locally owned service station.

“The Z brand will provide a visual point of difference and our customers will know they’re supporting a Kiwi company when they shop with us. More importantly, our new look stores will provide customers with a completely overhauled and significantly improved offer,” said Z CEO Mike Bennetts.

“We’re delighted with the opening of Z Putaruru and look forward to the feedback from locals.”

With the completion of the 10 Z pilot sites, Mike said the focus would be on consistently delivering the new offer and also on customer feedback.

“We now have 10 sites across very different parts of the country and are able to fine tune our offer based on what our customers are telling us, but what we do know so far is our customers love where we are going,” he said.

“Once we have taken all customer feedback on board and are satisfied we are delivering exactly what our customers want and to the standard they deserve we will be able to take the decision on the rest of the network.”

Customer feedback on the Z experience can be provided through the Z website at www.z.co.nz or through www.facebook.com/zenergynz. Z customers providing feedback through a short survey at z.co.nz will go into the draw to win 10,000 Fly Buys points.

05/09/2011 - General News

Z Harbour City Charity Vote Outcome

Four local Wellington community organisations today received a welcome boost from Z Energy.

On 8 July Z Energy opened the first Z in the Capital City, right in the Wellington central business district. At each Z pilot site, Z Energy has celebrated the opening by inviting customers to vote for their preferred local charity when they filled up at the new Z branded service stations.

Z has replaced the Shell logo to better reflect its local ownership, but more importantly to provide a new kiwi service experience and offering designed to meet what Kiwis said they wanted from a New Zealand service station.

“Not only are the profits from the Z business being kept in New Zealand and going towards meeting the costs of superannuation, we are also supporting New Zealand businesses in our offering, by buying locally as much as possible. Finally and most importantly we also want to support our local communities.

“We wanted to do that from day one – so at the opening of each Z site we have committed $5000 to go to local community organisations as part of our opening celebrations.

“Our customers have been able to cast a vote for one of four local community organisations that were selected by our local staff,” said Mike Bennetts, CEO of Z Energy.

Each customer who filled up at Z Harbour City got a token to vote for their favourite group and the $5000 has been split according to the percentage of votes each community group received.

Mike said: “We’re a Kiwi company operated locally so inviting locals to choose the charities that matter most to them is a reflection of what matters to us – local operations benefiting local people,” he said.

“We really appreciate the support the local community has shown in visiting our site and voting for their preferred charity, and the feedback they have been giving us on what they like about our new service stations, what we could do better, and some ideas of their own.”

The votes are now in and the highest number of votes went to Wellington Free Ambulance, followed by Downtown Community Ministry Foodbank, Plunket Wellington and Eastern Rocks Community Patrol.

“Wellington Free Ambulance is a highly visible organisation in the Wellington community. The outcome of the votes reflects the high regard and gratitude our customers have for this fantastic organisation,” Mike Bennetts said.

As with all Z service stations, the site is operated by locals. In the case of Harbour City, the local operators are Greg and Murray Young.

At Z Harbour City, our customers voted for the $5000 to be divided in the following way:

Wellington Free Ambulance
$2150

Downtown Community Ministry Foodbank
$1400

Plunket Wellington
$1100

Eastern Rocks Community Patrol
$450

 

26/08/2011 - General News

Closure of Shell Titirangi

Z Energy closed its Shell-branded service station in Titirangi at midday today, after lease negotiations with the site’s landlord collapsed.

The Shell service station is a small site at 423 – 425 Titirangi Road. Z Energy is the New Zealand-owned company that owns and operates the Z and Shell-branded service station network.

Z Energy’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said it was disappointing to have to close the site, but the company could not accept the revised lease terms sought by the landlord which would have rendered the site uneconomic.

“We offered well above market rates for the continued lease of the site but could not reach agreement and now have been left with no choice but to close the site.”

Under the terms of the lease, this leaves five days for the site to be closed and for all assets to be removed from the site. The site has been closed and work is now underway on removing the fittings and other equipment from the site.

All full-time staff at the site will be redeployed into surrounding sites.

Mark Forsyth apologised to customers for any inconvenience the closure would cause, but noted the area was well supported with other Shell sites.

“As a Kiwi company, we have particularly loyal customers in this area and we have alternative sites around the Titirangi area for our customers, including Green Bay, Glen Eden, Rata Street and Ash Street.

“Subject to the satisfactory completion of the Z store pilot programme, it is also our intention to invest heavily in the upgrade of the Shell-branded sites in the area to both improve the customer offer and experience.”

24/08/2011 - General News

Waiouru Charity Vote Outcome

On 6 July Z Energy opened its first Z service station outside of Auckland. The new forecourt service, top quality baking and espresso coffee came in perfect time for the bad weather, snow and ice that have battered the country in the past two weeks.

“Waiouru is the heartland of New Zealand and many thousands of Kiwis travel through the town at this time of year. So it has been a great place to open one of our pilot service stations as we roll out our new kiwi brand throughout the country,” said Z CEO Mike Bennetts.

Z has replaced the Shell logo to better reflect its local ownership, but more importantly to provide a new kiwi service experience and offering designed to meet what Kiwis said they wanted from a New Zealand service station.

At each of the pilot sites, Z Energy has celebrated the opening by inviting customers to vote for their preferred local charity when they filled up at the new Z branded service stations.

“Not only are the profits from the Z business being kept in New Zealand and going towards meeting the costs of superannuation, we are also supporting New Zealand businesses in our offering, by buying locally as much as possible. Finally and most importantly we also want to support our local communities.

“We wanted to do that from day one – so at the opening of each Z site we have committed $5000 to go to local community organisations as part of our opening celebrations.

“Our customers have been able to cast a vote for one of four local community organisations that were selected by our local staff,” said Mike.

Each customer who filled up at Z Waiouru got a token to vote for their favourite group and the $5000 has been split according to the percentage of votes each community group received.

Mike said: “We’re a Kiwi company operated locally so inviting locals to choose the charities that matter most to them is a reflection of what matters to us – local operations benefiting local people,” he said.

“We really appreciate the support the local community has shown in visiting our site and voting for their preferred charity, and the feedback they have been giving us on what they like about our new service stations, what we could do better, and some ideas of their own.”

The votes are now in and the highest number of votes went to the Palmerston North Westpac Rescue Helicopter, followed by the Waiouru Cancer Society, The Order of St John Ambulance – Waiouru and the Taihape Volunteer Fire Brigade.

“The choice of the emergency services very much reflects the geographic location of Waiouru and the recognition of what a big difference these organisations make when disaster strikes in places outside of large metropolitan areas,” Mike Bennetts said.

As with all Z service stations, the site is operated by locals. In the case of Waiouru, the local operators are Kevin Craw, Cherie Rose and Serena Rose.

At Z Waiouru our customers voted for the $5000 to be divided in the following way:

Palmerston Nth. Westpac Rescue Helicopter
$1,750

Waiouru Cancer Society
$1,250

The Order St John Ambulance - Waiouru
$1,200

Taihape Volunteer Fire Brigade
$900

24/08/2011 - General News

Charity Votes Outcome for Auckland Z Pilots

During the months of June and July Z Energy opened three new pilot service stations in Auckland; in Greenlane, Takanini, and Mangere (Z Skyway).

At these sites Aucklanders have been able to experience a new commitment to forecourt service, top quality baking and espresso coffee.

At each station locals were invited to vote for their preferred charity when they filled up at the new Z branded service station.

Z has replaced the Shell logo to better reflect its local ownership, but more importantly to provide a new kiwi service experience and offering designed to meet what Kiwis said they wanted from a New Zealand service station.

Mike Bennetts, Z Energy CEO said: “Not only are the profits from the Z business being kept in New Zealand and going towards meeting the costs of superannuation, we are also supporting New Zealand businesses in our offering, by buying locally as much as possible. Most importantly we also want to support our local communities.

“We wanted to do that from day one – so at the opening of every Z site we have committed $5000 to go to local community organisations as part of our opening celebrations.

“Our customers have been able to cast a vote for one of four local community organisations that were selected by our team on the ground in those particular neighbourhoods,” said Mike.

Each customer who filled up at Z Greenlane, Z Takanini or Z Skyway got a token to vote for their favourite group, and the $5000 was split according to the percentage of votes each community organisation received.

“We’re a Kiwi company operated locally, so inviting locals to choose the charities that matter most to them is a reflection of what matters to us – local operations benefiting local people,” said Mike.

“We really appreciate the support these local Auckland communities have shown in visiting our sites and voting for their preferred charity, and the feedback they have been giving us on what they like about our new service stations, what we could do better, and some ideas of their own.”

The votes are now in at all the Auckland pilot sites, and the beneficiaries are as varied as the populations they represent. The organisation to get the most votes in Greenlane was the Ellerslie Plunket; in Takanini the most votes went to Hospice South Auckland; and for Z Skyway it was the SPCA in Mangere.

At Z Greenlane our customers voted for the $5000 to be divided in the following way:

At Z Takanini our customers voted for the $5000 to be divided in the following way:

At Z Skyway our customers voted for the$5000 to be divided between:

19/08/2011 - General News

Z Turangi opens its doors

Z Energy came to Turangi this morning, bringing the distinctive Kiwi brand to one of the busiest service station sites in New Zealand.

The opening of Z Turangi is the ninth in a 10 site pilot programme, following sites in Auckland (three), Christchurch (two), Wellington (two) and Waiouru (one).

Z is jointly owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Kiwi company Infratil. The decision to replace the Shell logo with a new brand that reflects the local ownership of the business was developed following one of the largest pieces of customer research into what Kiwi consumers want in a locally owned service station.

“As Z Energy, we can now bring our customers a new retail offer under a brand that is all about New Zealand,” said Z CEO Mike Bennetts.

Mike said the most immediate and visible change will be one of the largest rebranding exercises in recent New Zealand history, but changing the colours and the brand is only a part of the story.

“The Z brand will provide a visual point of difference and our customers will know they’re supporting a Kiwi company when they shop with us. More importantly, our new look stores will provide customers with a completely overhauled and significantly improved offer,” Mike said.

With the Z brand we have redesigned our stores and our offer around what people told us they want - we have made a commitment to forecourt service and we will be offering café quality food and coffee.

So what will the first Z customers see and experience?

“People told us that they want to get in, get world-class fuel, good coffee and fresh café-quality food and be on their way quickly. They want dedicated forecourt service to be there for people that want it and they want clean, modern restrooms.

“We’ll deliver all of these things under the Z brand and we’re going to support New Zealand businesses along the way – for example our new pies are produced in the Hawke’s Bay, and our cupcakes are made by Laurel Watson in Auckland.”

Mike said that, perhaps above all else, customers wanted Z to contribute to the New Zealand economy and to things that matter in our local communities.

“So, while the profits from the Z business will be kept in New Zealand and go towards meeting the costs of superannuation, we will also be investing directly in the things that matter locally,” he said.

“Today is a milestone in the unveiling of the new Z brand, but a brand and a logo is the tip of an iceberg. We want Z to be a world-class Kiwi company and we want to be judged upon what we deliver and how we go about it.

“We reckon customers deserve better than what they’ve had up until now. Customers are ready for a change and the feedback we have had from our Z pilot sites so far says we are on the right track,” said Mike.

Customers can provide feedback on the Z experience directly through z.co.nz or through the Z Facebook page at www.facebook.com/zenergynz.

 

29/07/2011 - General News

Z Energy finally arrives in Christchurch

Z Energy has arrived in one of the worst-hit areas of Christchurch, with local MP Brendon Burns today opening the first Z-branded flagship site in the South Island at Shirley in Christchurch.

Z Energy is the Kiwi business which owns and operates the Shell branded service station network. Z is the new brand which, along with new customer offers, is being piloted in 10 sites before a commitment is made to a national roll-out.

Z Energy’s Shirley service station was extensively damaged by the February earthquakes and has been closed ever since. The site has been effectively rebuilt, re-tanked and reconsented by the Christchurch City Council.

Z Energy Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said, after a number of delays, it was pleasing to bring the site back to a community that needed it, and to return it to service as the first flagship Z-branded pilot sites in the South Island.

“The rebuild and reopening of this site as a Z-branded service station represents our commitment to our business in Christchurch and to the local community.

“I’d like to thank all of Z’s people in Christchurch, including our contractors, for bringing this project to completion under very difficult circumstances.”

Mike Bennetts said Z’s team of people in Christchurch had suffered their own difficulties as a result of the earthquakes but had shown outstanding commitment and professionalism in keeping Z’s business in Christchurch on track.

“It is fitting that the first Z site in the South Island has reopened in one of the hardest hit Christchurch communities. Bringing this site back to operation reflects the commitment of our people and leaves just one more site before our Christchurch operations are back at 100 per cent,” he said.

“Our people in Christchurch have shown a huge amount of good old-fashioned Kiwi attitude over the last nine months and it’s great to be able to bring a bit more Kiwi attitude back to Christchurch with the first locally owned and locally branded Z service station in the South.”

Z Energy’s second South Island site will also be in one of the harder hit areas of Christchurch. This site is at Linwood and will open for business on August 5. Photos of both site openings available on request.

29/07/2011 - General News

Z Mana opens its doors

Z Mana has arrived, and customers will be able to vote for their favourite local charity when they visit the new site to fill up.  

Z Mana, at 143 Mana Esplanade, was officially opened this morning by local MP Kris Faafoi.   

The opening of the site is the latest in a 10 site pilot programme, from which Z Energy aims to receive customer feedback that will help the company refine its offer.

Z is jointly owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Kiwi company Infratil. The decision to replace the Shell logo with a new brand that reflects the local ownership of the business was developed following one of the most significant pieces of customer research into what Kiwi consumers want in a locally owned service station.

“As Z Energy, we can now bring our customers a new retail offer under a brand that is all about New Zealand,” said Z CEO Mike Bennetts.

“The Z brand will provide a visual point of difference and our customers will know they’re supporting a Kiwi company when they shop with us. But more importantly, our new look stores will provide customers with a completely overhauled and significantly improved offer,” Mike said.

“With the Z brand we have redesigned our stores and our offer around what people told us they want - we have made a commitment to forecourt service and we will be offering café quality food and coffee.”

Those travelling along state Highway 1 will also be pleased to know that the new Z site will have upgraded, clean, modern restrooms.

“We’ll deliver all of these things under the Z brand and we’re going to support New Zealand businesses along the way – for example our new pies are produced in the Hawke’s Bay, and our cupcakes are made by Laurel Watson in Auckland.”

Mike said that, perhaps above all else, customers wanted Z to contribute to the New Zealand economy and to things that matter in our local communities.

“So, while the profits from the Z business will be kept in New Zealand and go towards meeting the future costs of our superannuation, we will also be investing directly in the things that matter locally,” he said.

As part of the opening, Z will be donating $5,000 to community organisations, with customers able to vote from four local community organisations. For the Mana site, this $5,000 will be allocated, according to customer votes between the following charities:

Bellyful: Prepares and delivers free meals to new mums in need.

Mary Potter Hospice Porirua: Provides specialist care to people living with a terminal illness.

Mana Volunteer Coastguard: Responsible for search, rescue and training for the wider Mana area.

Friends of Mana Island: Implements the restoration plan for Mana Island through re-vegetation and species preservation.

 “We have deliberately chosen the location of pilot sites to enable feedback from as great a cross-section of New Zealand as possible. We are excited about hearing what the Mana community think about our new site as well feedback from travellers driving up or down State Highway 1,” said Mike.

Z Mana will be open to the public from 11am on Friday 29 July, so come in, fill up, try a coffee, pie or cupcake, and vote for your favourite community organisation. 

 

08/07/2011 - General News

Z in the Capital City

New Zealand’s capital now has its very own Z, right in the Wellington central business district. Z Harbour City, on the corner of Customhouse Quay and Whitmore Street was officially opened this afternoon by Transport Minister Steven Joyce.

The opening of the site is the latest in a 10 site pilot programme, from which Z Energy aims to receive customer feedback that will help the company refine its offer.

Z is jointly owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Kiwi company Infratil. The decision to replace the Shell logo with a new brand that reflects the local ownership of the business was developed following one of the most significant pieces of customer research into what Kiwi consumers want in a locally owned service station.

“As Z Energy, we can now bring our customers a new retail offer under a brand that is all about New Zealand,” said Z CEO Mike Bennetts.

Mike said the most immediate and visible change will be one of the largest rebranding exercises in recent New Zealand history, but changing the colours and the brand is only a part of the story.

“The Z brand will provide a visual point of difference and our customers will know they’re supporting a Kiwi company when they shop with us. More importantly, our new look stores will provide customers with a completely overhauled and significantly improved offer,” Mike said.

“With the Z brand we have redesigned our stores and our offer around what people told us they want - we have made a commitment to forecourt service for people that want it and we will be offering café quality food and coffee.”

So what will the first Z customers see and experience?

“People told us that they want to get in, get world-class fuel, good coffee and fresh food and be on their way quickly. Speed is always important, but particularly so to workers in the CBD, who often have to multi-task on a busy day. A service station may not instinctively seem like the place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat, but our gourmet pies, cupcakes, sandwiches and espresso coffee range are seriously good.

Mike said that another key thing that came out of the research was that customers wanted Z to contribute to the New Zealand economy and to things that matter in our local neighbourhoods.

“So, while we will be supporting local businesses, and the profits from the Z business will be kept in New Zealand and go towards meeting the costs of superannuation, we will also be investing directly in the things that matter locally,” he said.

“With every Z site that we open, we will be donating $5,000 to community organisations, with customers able to vote from four local community organisations. For the Harbour City site, this $5,000 will be allocated, according to customer votes between Wellington Free Ambulance, Plunket Wellington, Eastern Rock Community Patrol and the Downtown Community Ministry Foodbank. Across 220 retail sites, this represents an initial investment in community-based groups and activities of more than $1 million.

“We reckon customers are ready for a change and the feedback we have had from Greenlane and Skyway so far says we are on the right track. So try it out and tell us what you think,” said Mike.

The other Z pilot stations are: Greenlane, Skyway and Takanini, Auckland; Waiouru; Shirley and Linwood, Christchurch; Mana, Wellington; Turangi; and Putaruru.

06/07/2011 - General News

Z is for Waiouru

As winter starts to bite and the skifields finally open, motorists heading to and from the Central North Island winter playground will be able to experience the first Z service station outside of Auckland when it opens in Waiouru today.

Contractors have been at times working in snow to bring the Z site to completion.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said he was particularly pleased to be able to bring Z to Waiouru, and thanked contractors and staff who have worked in very cold conditions.

“Waiouru is heartland New Zealand and many thousands of Kiwis travel through the town at this time of the year. It’s great to be able to now offer much improved services and a distinctly Kiwi experience to motorists,” he said.

Other service stations in the town have closed, leaving the new Z site as the only service station in the town and surrounding areas.

“The fact that we’re the only service station in town highlights that Z is for New Zealand. At this very cold time of the year, it’s great to be able to bring forecourt service and a top quality bakery and espresso coffee offer to motorists in Waiouru,” said Mike.

The decision to replace the Shell logo with a new brand that reflects the local ownership of the business was developed following one of the largest pieces of customer research into what Kiwi consumers want in a locally owned service station.

“We reckon customers deserve better than what they’ve had up until now, customers deserve a truly local option and we reckon New Zealand is ready for a change. From today, people travelling through Waiouru will be able to experience the Z difference,” said Mike.

The completed Z pilot stations are: Skyway, Greenlane and Takanini, Auckland; Waiouru; To be completed over the coming month are: Shirley and Linwood, Christchurch;  Harbour City and Mana, Wellington; Turangi; and Putaruru.

01/07/2011 - General News

Z Takanini opens its doors

What will become one of the country’s most visible Kiwi brands is now in business. Z Energy this morning opened its third Z-branded service station, Z Takanini, located at 166 Great South Road.

The opening of the site is the latest in a 10 site pilot programme and follows close on the heels of the opening of the first ever Z service station in Greenlane, Auckland and subsequent station, Z Skyway.

Z is jointly owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Kiwi company Infratil. The decision to replace the Shell logo with a new brand that reflects the local ownership of the business was developed following one of the largest pieces of customer research into what Kiwi consumers want in a locally owned service station.

“As Z Energy, we can now bring our customers a new retail offer under a brand that is all about New Zealand,” said Z CEO Mike Bennetts.

Mike said the most immediate and visible change will be one of the largest rebranding exercises in recent New Zealand history, but changing the colours and the brand is only a part of the story.

“The Z brand will provide a visual point of difference and our customers will know they’re supporting a Kiwi company when they shop with us. More importantly, our new look stores will provide customers with a completely overhauled and significantly improved offer,” Mike said.

With the Z brand we have redesigned our stores and our offer around what people told us they want - we have made a commitment to forecourt service and we will be offering café quality food and coffee.

So what will the first Z customers see and experience?

“People told us that they want to get in, get world-class fuel, good coffee and fresh café-quality food and be on their way quickly. They want dedicated forecourt service to be there for people that want it and they want clean, modern restrooms.

“We’ll deliver all of these things under the Z brand and we’re going to support New Zealand businesses along the way – for example our new pies are produced in the Hawke’s Bay, and our cupcakes are made by Laurel Watson in Auckland.”

Mike said that, perhaps above all else, customers wanted Z to contribute to the New Zealand economy and to things that matter in our local communities.

“So, while the profits from the Z business will be kept in New Zealand and go towards meeting the costs of superannuation, we will also be investing directly in the things that matter locally,” he said.

“With every Z site that we open, we will be donating $5,000 to community organisations, with customers able to vote from four local community organisations. For the Takanini site, this $5,000 will be allocated, according to customer votes between Lions Papakura, Hospice South Auckland, South Auckland Christian Food Bank and Safer Papakura. Across 220 retail sites, this represents an initial investment in community-based groups and activities of more than $1 million.

“Today is a milestone in the unveiling of the new Z brand, but a brand and a logo is the tip of an iceberg. We want Z to be a world-class Kiwi company and we want to be judged upon what we deliver and how we go about it.

“We reckon customers deserve better than what they’ve had up until now. Customers are ready for a change and the feedback we have had from Greenlane and Skyway so far says we are on the right track,” said Mike.

The other Z pilot stations are: Greenlane and Skyway, Auckland; Shirley and Linwood, Christchurch; Waiouru; Harbour City and Mana, Wellington; Turangi; and Putaruru.

17/06/2011 - General News

Z completes donation of 68 laptops to Christchurch

Z Energy has completed the donation of 68 laptops to community organisations, charities and individuals in need in the city of Christchurch.

Z is the New Zealand company which owns and operates the Shell-branded fuel business in New Zealand.

Following an IT upgrade, Z refurbished and relicensed 68 laptops and gave them away through the company’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/zenergynz.

“As a Kiwi company we wanted to make a difference in Christchurch and ensure these computers were able to be used for things that really mattered,” said Z’s Manager of Business Technology and Transformation, David Scott.

 

“We were delighted with the response and were pleased to see these computers go to a wide range of organisations and individuals that really needed them.”

A number of laptops were donated to individuals who were struggling in the aftermath of the February earthquake, including students, solo parents and families with sick children. The following are just some of the organisations that benefited from receiving one or more refurbished laptops:

The Wilding Foundation, Christchurch Music Theatre Education Trust and Christchurch Operatic Inc, Alzheimers Canterbury, START Inc Christchurch, Canteen, CCF, YMCAChristchurch, Christchurch Air Cadet Unit, Little Explorers Preschool, Arise Church, Hippos in Heaven Support Group, Papanui Heritage Group, Training Ship Cornwell, Keep Christchurch Beautiful, Heathcote Cricket Club.

 

 

14/06/2011 - General News

Z Energy’s Christchurch operations – Tuesday update

Z Energy – the New Zealand company that owns and operates the Shell-branded retail network – said fuel deliveries were continuing into Christchurch and stock levels remained healthy.

As occurred following the February quake, demand yesterday was very strong and some sites will experience temporary outages of some grades of fuel while awaiting further deliveries.

The Lyttelton fuel terminal is closed today to allow inspections to be completed and fuel is being delivered from Z’s fuel terminal at Timaru and from Nelson.

Z CEO Mike Bennetts said residents need not be concerned about fuel supplies. 

“As we saw following the February quake there has been a spike in demand and we’re working to catch up on that. There is a strong fuel position in Christchurch and in the rest of the South Island and there is no need for people to be concerned about the city’s fuel position.”

All but one of the company’s 24 retail sites that were operational before this quake are up and running, with the remaining site due to return to service tomorrow.

13/06/2011 - General News

Z Skyway – a New Zealand company at the gateway to New Zealand

What will become one of the country’s most visible Kiwi brands is now in business. Z Energy has this morning opened its second Z-branded service station, Z Skyway. This follows close on the heels of the opening of the first ever Z service station in Greenlane, Auckland, on 3 June,

Located near the airport on the corner of Tom Pearce Drive and George Bolt Memorial Drive, Z Skyway was officially opened this morning by local MP for Mangere, Su’a William Sio.

The decision to replace the Shell logo with a new brand that reflects the local ownership of the business was developed following one of the largest pieces of customer research into what Kiwi consumers want in a locally owned service station.

“Today, a year after Infratil and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund invested $700 million in buying the Shell business, we can now offer our customers a new retail offer under a brand that is all about New Zealand,” said Z CEO Mike Bennetts.

Mike said the most immediate and visible change will be one of the largest rebranding exercises in recent New Zealand history, but changing the colours and the brand is only a part of the story.

“The Z brand will provide a visual point of difference and our customers will know they’re supporting a Kiwi company when they shop with us. More importantly, our new look stores will provide customers with a completely overhauled and significantly improved offer,” Mike said.

With the Z brand we have redesigned our stores and our offer around what people told us they want - we have made a commitment to forecourt service and we will be offering café quality food and coffee.

So what will the first Z customers see and experience?

“People told us that they want to get in, get world-class fuel, good coffee and fresh café- quality food and be on their way quickly. They want dedicated forecourt service to be there for people that want it and they want clean, modern restrooms.

“We’ll deliver all of these things under the Z brand and we’re going to support New Zealand businesses along the way – for example our new pies are produced in the Hawke’s Bay, and our cupcakes are made by Laurel Watson in Auckland.”

Mike said that, perhaps above all else, customers wanted Z to contribute to the New Zealand economy and to things that matter in our local communities.

“So, while the profits from the Z business will be kept in New Zealand and go towards meeting the costs of superannuation, we will also be investing directly in the things that matter locally,” he said.

 “With every Z site that we open, we will be donating $5,000 to community organisations, with customers able to vote for four local community organisations. For the Skyway site, this $5,000 will be allocated, according to customer votes between SPCA Mangere, Camellia House Inc (Women's Refuge Manurewa), Manukau Rugby Club and Mangere Plunket Clinic. Across 220 retail sites, this represents an initial investment in community- based groups and activities of more than $1 million.

 “Today is a milestone in the unveiling of the new Z brand, but a brand and a logo is the tip of an iceberg. We want Z to be a world-class Kiwi company and we want to be judged upon what we deliver and how we go about it.

 “We reckon customers deserve better than what they’ve had up until now, customers are ready for a change and the feedback we have had from Greenlane in its first week says we are on the right track,” said Mike. 

The other Z pilot stations are: Greenlane and Takanini, Auckland; Shirley and Linwood, Christchurch; Waiouru; Harbour City and Mana, Wellington; Turangi; and Putaruru.

13/06/2011 - General News

Z Energy’s Christchurch operations

Z Energy – the New Zealand company that owns and operates the Shell-branded retail network – said that its fuel stock position in the Christchurch region and across the South Island is strong, and there is no need for concern around fuel supply.

There has been some damage to retail operations, but the vast majority of retail sites (19 out of 24) are still operating and more will become available when power is restored and initial inspections complete.

The integrity of the company’s bulk storage tanks at Lyttelton appears intact, with no leakage or visible damage. The terminal was temporarily closed this afternoon and detailed inspections will begin tomorrow.

 Fuel stock positions are strong at the moment in Christchurch, and Z also has bulk tankage at the Port of Timaru and Nelson that can be accessed to supply fuel to Christchurch when required.

 Consumers should not be concerned about fuel supply to the city.

03/06/2011 - General News

The first Z for New Zealand

What will become one of the country’s most visible Kiwi brands is now in business, with the first Z service station opened in Greenlane, Auckland this morning by the MP for Maungakiekie, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga.

The decision to replace the Shell logo with a new brand that reflects the local ownership of the business was developed following one of the largest pieces of customer research into what Kiwi consumers want in a locally owned service station.

“Today, a year after Infratil and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund invested $700 million in buying the Shell business, we can now offer our customers a new retail offer under a brand that is all about New Zealand,” said Z CEO Mike Bennetts.

Mike said the most immediate and visible change will be one of the largest rebranding exercises in recent New Zealand history, but changing the colours and the brand is only a part of the story.

“The Z brand will provide a visual point of difference and our customers will know they’re supporting a Kiwi company when they shop with us. More importantly, our new look stores will provide customers with a completely overhauled and significantly improved offer,” Mike said.

With the Z brand we have redesigned our stores and our offer around what people told us they want - we have made a commitment to forecourt service and we will be offering café quality food and coffee.

So what will the first Z customers see and experience?

“People told us that they want to get in, get world-class fuel, good coffee and fresh café- quality food and be on their way quickly. They want dedicated forecourt service to be there for people that want it and they want clean, modern restrooms.

 

“We’ll deliver all of these things under the Z brand and we’re going to support New Zealand businesses along the way – for example our new pies are produced in the Hawke’s Bay, and our cupcakes are made by Laurel Watson in Auckland.”

Mike said that, perhaps above all else, customers wanted Z to contribute to the New Zealand economy and to things that matter in our local communities.

“So, while the profits from the Z business will be kept in New Zealand and go towards meeting the costs of superannuation, we will also be investing directly in the things that matter locally,” he said. 

“With every Z site that we open, we will be donating $5,000 to community organisations, with customers able to vote for four local community organisations. For the Greenlane site, this $5,000 will be allocated, according to customer votes between The Hearing House, the Ranfurly Care Society, the Laura Fergusson Trust, and Plunket Ellerslie. 

Across 220 retail sites, this represents an initial investment in community-based groups and activities of more than $1 million.

“Today is a milestone in the unveiling of the new Z brand, but a brand and a logo is the tip of an iceberg. We want Z to be a world-class Kiwi company and we want to be judged upon what we deliver and how we go about it.

“We reckon customers deserve better than what they’ve had up until now, customers deserve a truly local option and we reckon New Zealand is ready for a change,” said Mike.

The other Z pilot stations are: Skyway and Takanini, Auckland; Shirley and Linwood, Christchurch; Waiouru; Harbour City and Mana, Wellington; Turangi; and Putaruru.

31/05/2011 - Submissions and Presentations

Comments on The Auckland Plan - Auckland Unleashed

Z Energy Limited (Z) is a New Zealand energy company, owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Infratil. Z operates only in New Zealand and is – directly and indirectly – owned by the people of New Zealand.

Auckland Unleashed is an aspirational document and Z shares the commitment within it to enhancing the city of Auckland for the benefit of the people that live there, for the rest of the country and for future generations...

Read the full document here

 

 

27/05/2011 - General News

Waiuku charity votes outcome

Local charities benefit from new Kiwi service station

Z Energy last month invited Waiuku locals to vote for their preferred charity when they filled up at the new $3 million Shell-branded service station, known as Shell Waiuku.

Z donated one cent per litre for all fuel sold at the new site for the first month of operation to four local charities, based on the number of customer votes they received.

The people of Waiuku have really taken to the new site and we received a huge number of votes. As a result, Z will donate a total of over $6,075 to the four Waiuku based charities. The highest number of votes went to Waiuku Volunteer Fire Brigade, closely followed by Waiuku Search & Rescue Association.

Z is the New Zealand company which now owns and operates the retail and distribution assets acquired from Shell. The new service station is the third retail investment that Z has completed since April 2010 and is located on the corner of Kitchener Road and King Street. It features a 100 square metre shop, eight fuel filling stations and a top of the line car wash. The shop layout and food offer contain elements of what’s to come in pilot Z-branded stores, which begins roll-out on 3 June.

Z’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, appreciated the support of the Waiuku community and said the opening of Shell Waiuku reinforced Z’s commitment to investing in New Zealand.

“We’re a Kiwi company operated locally and our profits stay right here in New Zealand. What’s more, inviting locals to choose the charities that matter most to them is a reflection of what matters to us – local operations benefiting local people,” he said.

“We really appreciate the support the local community has shown in visiting our site and voting for their preferred charity.”

The service station still currently trades under the Shell brand and sells quality Shell fuels. As with all Shell-branded service stations, the site is operated by locals. In the case of Waiuku, the local operator is Wayne Kennerley.

Charity % of Votes Received
Waiuku Volunteer Fire Brigade 37.5%%
Waiuku Search & Rescue Association  31.8%
Waiuku Family Support 19.2%
Lions Waiuku 11.5%

 

Sheena Thomas

Communications Advisor

04 462 4647

027 551 2589

23/05/2011 - General News

The first week of Z Energy and the last year of Greenstone

The annual report produced by Greenstone Energy this week is already a collector’s item.

Just one year after the company was formed as a result of a partnership between the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation and Kiwi company Infratil Limited, who jointly acquired the downstream business of Shell New Zealand, the decision has been made to rebrand the company to one that better reflects its New Zealand ownership and provide a differentiation from the large global companies.

Z Energy is the new name, but it also represents a new offering where the company will strive to deliver what New Zealanders expect and would like from a Kiwi energy distribution company.

Mike Bennetts, CEO of Z Energy, said today: “The book closes on Greenstone Energy, with the distribution of the New Zealand company’s first annual report, and this coincides with completing our first week under our new brand: Z Energy.

“In our first months of operation the key focus was on ensuring: a smooth transition and that the momentum inside the business continued; that customers were looked after; and that our operations ran safely and reliably. The next thing we needed to do was turn our minds to the challenges of creating a stand-alone kiwi company, no longer a mixture of disparate teams operating as a branch office for a global organisation.

“Infratil last week reported earnings of $55m from their share in Greenstone, however, allowing for one offs, this equates to a post tax profit equivalent to 3c a litre.

“We have made no secret of the fact that the returns in this industry are simply not strong enough to encourage or enable sustained investment, and as a result larger global companies are looking to exit the market. Over time the lack of investment will continue to erode supply security and customer choice,” Mike Bennetts said.

Currently our net profit is 2-3c per litre including the convenience store retail margins. By contrast, more than $1 of the pump price currently goes to the Government in taxes and levies.

“We think we can grow our business by providing our customers what they most want in the form of excellent and speedy products and services, by becoming a part of our communities, by bringing back jobs to New Zealanders, and by being open and transparent about the issues.”

Mike Bennetts said that to find out what New Zealanders wanted, Greenstone asked 17,000 New Zealanders what they thought in the largest piece of research conducted in the sector for decades. This research told us “where we need to go with our retail and commercial offers; what being part of the local community really looks like; how to contribute to the national debate on infrastructure; and as a supplier of fossil fuels, the importance of our role in supporting a sustainable energy future.” Mike Bennetts said.

“We can’t deliver it all straight away, but in terms of the service offering and customer experience, Z Energy’s first pilot petrol station opens next week in Greenlane, Auckland. It is a pilot because we will keep listening to feedback, asking our customers what we need to change and how we can do it even better, as we roll out our new customer offers across the country.”

Before the first station has opened, New Zealanders have shown they are interested and keen for something new. Aside from the media interest at the launch, in our first week of Z we had:

  • 16,800 unique visitors on our new z.co.nz website in the first 3 days. More than 6,000 people have looked at our ad or story on YouTube.
  • 429 conversations about Z on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Blogs.
  • 12,321 post views around Z-Energy on Facebook.

Not bad for a brand that is only a week old.

“Our strategy work has shown us that there are plenty of opportunities to shape a better future for our company. New Zealand needs substantial companies that are committed to this country, backed by Kiwis and that will make the investment in resources and infrastructure needed to ensure our country moves forward,” Mike Bennetts said.

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A copy of the annual report is attached, or go to: http://z.co.nz/about-z/investor-centre/annual-report/

For more information contact:

Sheena Thomas

Communications Advisor

Z Energy Ltd.

04 462 4647

20/05/2011 - Submissions and Presentations

Z submission on Tobacco Control Bill

Introduction

Greenstone Energy is owned by a consortium comprising Infratil New Zealand and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. Each party owns 50 per cent of Greenstone Energy.

In March 2010, Greenstone Energy purchased the retail and distribution assets of Shell New Zealand. These assets include a 17 per cent shareholding in the New Zealand Refining Company, numerous fuel storage and distribution assets and more than 200 retail service stations across the country...

Read the full submission here

11/05/2011 - General News

Z is for New Zealand

The largest piece of consumer research in a decade will result in one of the world’s most prominent brands being replaced in the New Zealand fuel market by something entirely Kiwi.

In April 2010, Shell’s fuel business in New Zealand was sold to the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Kiwi infrastructure company Infratil for NZ$695 million. Greenstone Energy is the company that owns and operates these assets.

“When the Shell business was purchased, we set about trying to understand what consumers actually wanted in a retail fuel company, how they felt about this sector and the companies operating in it,” said Greenstone CEO Mike Bennetts.

“This became the biggest piece of industry-specific consumer research in a decade, touching 17,000 consumers. The insights we’ve gained from listening to our customers and those of our competitors have seen us radically rethink our business.”

Mike Bennetts said the most immediate and visible change would be the largest and most visible rebranding exercise in recent New Zealand history.

“Our customers told us loud and clear that the way we think about ourselves as Kiwis – our national identity - is changing fast. We’ve shifted away from the number 8 wire Kiwi battler stereotypes to a more confident and assured sense of our place in the world.

“The research was overwhelming in reinforcing the desire of New Zealanders to support world class Kiwi companies, celebrate success, and take on the world and win.

“We’re already taking on the world through bringing a major international energy brand into Kiwi ownership to compete against the multinationals and we’ve decided we have a much more compelling story to tell under a distinctly Kiwi brand,” said Mike.

“The desire expressed in the consumer research for a distinctly Kiwi identity has led us, through a lengthy and thorough process, to arrive at our new identity as simply ‘Z’. Z – pronounced ‘Zed’ – is the first letter of the last word of the country to which our business is solely committed.

“The Z brand will provide a visual point of difference and customers will know they’re supporting a Kiwi company. However, consumers have told us while they will support a world-class Kiwi company, being Kiwi alone is not enough. We agree. The new brand represents visually what will be a complete overhaul of our customer offer.

“With the Z brand we will offer cafe quality food and coffee. We will continue to sell world-class fuels and will differentiate ourselves by committing to a level of forecourt service for people that want it, and support New Zealand suppliers where possible. We will also be giving back to communities in which the Z brand is based. The main difference over time, however, will be a Kiwi attitude.”

“We reckon that customers deserve better than what they’ve been getting and we reckon New Zealand is ready for a change,” said Mike.

“With every Kiwi now a shareholder in our business through the ownership of the New Zealand Super Fund, we’re committed to setting a new standard, putting the customer first and working to become a world-class Kiwi company.”

 

18/04/2011 - General News

Greenstone partners with national Christchurch earthquake appeal

Customers at Shell-branded service stations across the country will be able to choose to contribute to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal with every purchase from today. 

Greenstone Energy – the New Zealand company which owns and operates the Shell-branded network - has become a national partner of the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

Greenstone Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said the scale of the Christchurch tragedy required a sustained response.

“We responded in our own way in the immediate aftermath of the quake. As a Kiwi-owned company we also want to use the national reach of our network to continue to support getting Christchurch back on its feet.”

Customers will be able to ask staff to add a $1, $3 or $5 donation to every purchase which will then go directly to the Appeal fund.

Mark Weldon, the Prime Minister’s personal representative on the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, said Greenstone’s response was a welcome support and clear recognition that Christchurch was still in dire need.

“Greenstone recognises that Christchurch is still hurting and the city needs us now more than ever. Winter is on its way, much of the community infrastructure is in ruin, and hardship is starting to hurt. Greenstone has seen that Christchurch is going to continue to need on-going support and is providing New Zealanders a great way to be there with Cantabrians through the hard times as they start putting their communities back together.

“Greenstone is a long-term player in the community, and is continuing to commit to Christchurch and New Zealand. The company’s willingness to step up and work practically and in partnership with the Appeal to make this happen has been tremendous.”

31/03/2011 - General News

Greenstone to gift 68 computers to Christchurch community

Greenstone Energy is gifting 68 refurbished laptop computers to worthy recipients in Christchurch, and is inviting applications for the laptops through the company’s Facebook site.

Greenstone is the New Zealand company which acquired Shell’s New Zealand retail and distribution business in April 2010, making Greenstone the country’s largest Kiwi-owned fuel retailer.

Greenstone’s Business Technology and Transformation Manager David Scott said customers had been supportive of a new Kiwi company and Greenstone was committed to giving back to New Zealand communities.

“We’re not what people expect from a traditional fuel company. We’re here to do things differently and we’re here to make a positive contribution to New Zealand.

“As part of upgrading our office systems, we have 68 laptops that we’re making available to Christchurch folk who can put them to good use.”

“All people have to do is go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/greenstoneenergy and tell us why they need these machines and how they can be used to benefit Christchurch.”

Applications will be judged by Greenstone staff and applications close Tuesday 31 May.

Greenstone has partnered with both Remarkit and Microsoft, which have ensured the computers are ready to use, with up-to-date and licensed software.

David Scott said the initiative was a simple but effective way to contribute to the recovery of the Christchurch community. “We are deeply saddened with what has happened in Christchurch. We’re grateful for the support we’ve been given as a new Kiwi company from the people of Christchurch and wanted to use this as an opportunity to give something back.

“We hope that the people of Christchurch can put these computers to good use for the benefit of the community,” he said. 

01/03/2011 - General News

Greenstone exempts Christchurch from fuel price increase

A sharp drop in the Kiwi dollar and increasing crude oil prices were flowing through into New Zealand’s fuel prices but Greenstone Energy, the New Zealand owner of the Shell-branded retail assets, will not pass these costs through to metropolitan Christchurch at this time.

The New Zealand dollar has dropped to around 75 cents against the United States dollar while Brent crude oil has hit a two and a half year high. The combination of these factors has placed immediate, strong pressure on New Zealand fuel prices. 

“We have held off from doing this for as long as we can and we will hold increasing our prices until early this evening when the post work drive rush is over,” said Greenstone Chief Executive Mike Bennetts. 

“The reasons why fuel prices have to increase are very transparent. We can’t sustain this across the country but, as a company owned by New Zealanders, now is simply not the right time to increase fuel prices in Christchurch. 

“Right now, we’re focused on doing what matters for the people of Christchurch, including our own people. 

“Holding prices in metropolitan Christchurch at current levels is the right thing to do for now. Many other companies are considering how best to respond to the needs of the people in Christchurch. We feel this is an appropriate and direct response for us at this point in time in addition to the other contributions that we have been making. 

“We’re committed to making a difference in Christchurch and we’re working hard to support and enable the work of emergency services as well as delivering a constant supply of fuel to residents and local businesses.” 

Mike Bennetts said there may be a time when prices have to also move in Christchurch but the company will hold off for the foreseeable future. 

27/02/2011 - General News

Critical fuel infrastructure comes back on line

Greenstone Energy – the New Zealand company that owns and operates the Shell-branded retail network – said vital pieces of Christchurch’s fuel infrastructure had been returned to service over the weekend, further strengthening fuel supplies into the city.

Greenstone Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said over the weekend the Port of Lyttelton and the Port’s terminal pipework had been approved for use and the Torea, which had completed a full fuel discharge at the Port of Timaru, is sailing back to Lyttleton and discharging more fuel into the Lyttelton terminals.

In particular, jet fuel is being discharged from the Torea at Lyttelton today, allowing stock levels of jet fuel at Christchurch Airport to begin to replenish.

“I’m pleased that some of the signs of panic buying we saw last week have begun to subside, enabling us to replenish and build stock levels at our retail sites and resume something closer to normal operations in serving the people of Christchurch.

“I’d like to thank all of our site and terminal staff for doing an outstanding job in managing an incredibly difficult period, the likes of which we have never seen before,” said Mike Bennetts.

“Over the last few days, the industry has made very good progress bringing supplies of fuel into Christchurch and restoring critical fuel infrastructure. Using Greenstone’s Timaru terminal from which to truck fuel into Christchurch provided a valuable back-up and deliveries continue to be made from this terminal, as well as direct from Lyttelton and Woolston.”

Mike Bennetts said the clearance to use the Port of Lyttelton for deliveries over the weekend was a very positive development.

“There will be additional deliveries of all grades of fuel directly into Lyttelton over the coming days.” 

By Sunday afternoon, 15 of Greenstone’s retail sites and all six of the company’s truckstops are open. Truckstops are holding good stock levels and are being frequently replenished. The company expects to open more retail sites next week, when power supply is restored and the necessary safety checks have been completed. 

Operational retail sites and truckstops (subject to change and supplies)

  • Belfast, Templeton, Carmen Road, Kaiapoi, Curletts Road, Southbrook, Raceway, Bryndwyr, Yaldhurst, Burnside, Bishopdale, Darfield, Brougham, Ferry Road, Cashmere, Amberley
  • Truckstops: Hornby, Templeton, Southbrook, Amberley, Sawyers Arms, Port Hills.

 

25/02/2011 - General News

Fuel supplies into Christchurch

Greenstone Energy – the New Zealand company that owns and operates the Shell-branded retail network – said the fuel supply situation into Christchurch was continuing to improve.

Greenstone Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said while retail sites would have patchy supplies of fuel while the company caught up following panic buying, important fuel infrastructure was continuing to come back on line.

Following the temporary closure of Port Lyttelton, a shipment of fuel was diverted into Greenstone’s terminal at Timaru. This vessel finished unloading last night and an industry fleet of around 24 trucks has been bridging the fuel into Christchurch on a continuous basis.

Yesterday, two bulk fuel terminals opened for operation at Lyttelton, providing a very important local supply distribution point. Trucking is occurring from both of these terminals, as well as from Timaru.

Further import vessels are scheduled for the coming days and weeks. Indications are that the Lyttelton Port has come through the quake in sound condition and inspection of the pipelines between the berth and fuel storage terminals will be finalised today.

When these pipelines are approved for use, Port Lyttelton will be ready to again take direct fuel shipments, further improving supplies into the city.

“At midday today, 15 of our retail sites and five truckstops are able to trade and we expect to open more next week, when power supply is restored and the necessary safety checks have been completed,” said Mike Bennetts.

 

“Following very strong demand, it is going to take us some time to catch up with deliveries to sites, so fuel will be unavailable at some sites for short periods of time until next week.

“Delays in trucking times from Timaru have slowed deliveries to sites and truckstops but there is strong supply of fuel into Christchurch. With the Lyttelton terminals coming back on line, we will be working to restore site supplies following the initial wave of demand.”

Mike Bennetts again asked customers to be patient and to treat site staff with respect.

“Our people are pulling all the stops to rebuild supplies in Christchurch but, following panic buying, this will take some days. People need to know there are good supplies of fuel for both customers and emergency services coming into the city and the situation continues to improve.”

Operational retail sites and truckstops (subject to change and supplies)

  • Belfast, Templeton, Carmen Road, Kaiapoi, Carletts Road, Southbrook, Raceway, Bryndwyr, Yaldhurst, Burnside, Bishopdale, Darfield, Brougham, Ferry Road, Cashmere Road
  • Truckstops: Hornby, Templeton, Southbrook, Amberly, Sawyers Arms.

23/02/2011 - General News

Greenstone’s Christchurch operations

Greenstone Energy – the New Zealand company that owns and operates the Shell-branded retail network – said it was continuing to re-open its retail sites in the Christchurch region.

Greenstone Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said the company had now accounted for the safety of all of its employees and was focused on assisting staff and their families and delivering reliable supplies of fuel to Christchurch. 

“At 11 o’clock this morning, 13 of our retail sites and four truckstops are open and trading and we expect to open more throughout the course of the following days when we are satisfied that they are safe.”

Mike Bennetts said it was obvious that the damage was greater than for the September quakes and it was possible that some sites might be closed for repairs for some weeks.

“Our tanks at Lyttelton appear to have come through the quake in relatively good shape, with no leakage. Inspections over the following days will determine when they can be safely used. Inspections of the port will also determine when deliveries into Lyttelton can resume.

“Greenstone has bulk tankage at the Port of Timaru and a large fuel delivery scheduled for Lyttelton has been diverted to Timaru and will discharge from 10pm this evening until all tanks are completely full. Fuel will then be bridged via trucks into Christchurch on an ongoing basis.”

Mike Bennetts said consumers should not be concerned about fuel supply to the city but asked consumers to assist the recovery effort and only purchase fuel that they really needed. If need be Greenstone will prioritise fuel to emergency services.

“We’re working closely with emergency services to ensure fuel deliveries to generators and machinery via our Mini Tankers direct refuelling business. We’re working closely with our competitors to co-ordinate resources and ensure secure supplies of fuel to the city,” he said.

Operational retail sites and truckstops (subject to change)

  • Belfast, Templeton, Carlton corner, Southbrook, Raceway, Moorehouse Ave, Bryndwar, Yaldhurst, Tinwald, Burnside, Bishopdale, Darfield.
  • Truckstops: Hornby, Templeton, Southbrook, Amberly  

11/01/2011 - General News

Shell customers to benefit from new technology roll-out

Greenstone Energy today said a decision to replace all point of sale systems across its Shell-branded service stations and truck stops would enable it to deliver even better service to customers and provide a platform for new technologies.

Greenstone has signed a contract with Kiwi technology company Fusion Transactive to replace all point of sale systems at company operated service stations and selected truck stops nationwide.

Greenstone’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said the $10m investment in new technology will increase the speed of transactions and improve customer service. 

“Earlier this year, we undertook a huge amount of customer research which told us what mattered to our customers and what they expected of a new Kiwi fuel supplier.

“We’ve listened to our customers and have committed to a number of initiatives which will enable better service. One component of this commitment to giving our customers what they want is replacing our point of sale technology.

“The technology developed by Fusion Transactive not only makes it faster to process a customer transaction, it gives us a future proof platform to lower our costs which we can then pass on to our customers in the form of lower prices” he said.

Fusion Transactive was selected by Greenstone as a result of a competitive tender process.

 

“Fusion Transactive is an innovative New Zealand company that is consistently first to market with world-class state of the art technology. Their commitment to customer satisfaction equals our own and we are excited to be partnering with them,” said Mark Forsyth.

Fusion Transactive Chairman, Sir Peter Maire, said Fusion is a world-leading supplier of site automation and payment systems to the retail fuels industry globally, with offices in Malaysia, China, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and significant product installations in Malaysia, Africa, India, the Middle East, South East Asia, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, and South America .

Fusion's product history spans more than 30 years, and they have been at the forefront of ‘Pay at Pump’ initiatives, developing many “first in world” products.

Sir Peter Maire said Fusion Transactive was delighted to be partnering with New Zealand’s leading locally-owned fuel retailer.

“This announcement demonstrates Greenstone’s commitment to investing in New Zealand and to delivering an innovative, user-friendly, cost-effective and streamlined service, which translates into a better experience for its customers,” he said.

The new point of sale technology will be piloted by 30 June 2011, with a full rollout commencing after then.

08/12/2010 - General News

Waiuku residents to gain state-of-the-art service station

Greenstone Energy has started construction of its fourth retail development, a brand new $3 million retail service station at Waiuku, south of Auckland. The site is located on the corner of Kitchener Road and King Street. 

Greenstone is the New Zealand company which acquired Shell New Zealand’s retail fuel and distribution assets in April. Since then, Greenstone has completed two brand new retail service stations, representing $5 million of investment, and a new truck refuelling facility.

The existing Waiuku site, which was formerly operated by a competitor, will be completely demolished and a new state-of-the-art site will be built from scratch. The new Shell branded site will feature a 100 square metre shop, eight fuel filling stations and a top of the line car wash. The existing Shell service station on Queen Street will be closed once the new site is completed.

Greenstone will be working closely with project architects SHA, project managers Sinclair Knight Merz, and contractors Cassidy Construction and Petroleum Solutions Ltd in the development of the new site.

 

Greenstone’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said the company was investing strategically in the company’s future growth.

“We saw this as a great investment opportunity for Greenstone and for the people of Waiuku. Our current site in Waiuku is pretty busy but it’s fairly old and run down so we think a new site is well overdue,” he said.

“Waiuku is a fast-growing town that deserves a modern, efficient service station with a great convenience store offering. There’s been strong public and customer support for Greenstone since we acquired the Shell downstream business in April and we’re determined to continue to earn that support by investing in assets that benefit local communities, and what's more, Greenstone's profits stay right here in New Zealand. 

The new Shell-branded service station is expected to open in the first quarter of 2011. The site will be operated local retailer, Wayne Kennerley.

26/11/2010 - General News

Local charities benefit from new Kiwi service station

Greenstone Energy last month invited Bay of Plenty locals to vote for their preferred charity when they filled up at the new $3 million Shell-branded service station in Bethlehem.

Greenstone donated one cent per litre for all fuel sold at the new site for the first month of operation to five local charities, based on the number of customer votes they received.

An overwhelming number of votes were received from the local community. As a result, Greenstone will donate a total of $7200 to the five Bay of Plenty based charities. The highest number of votes was received by Waipuna Hospice, who will be receiving over $4000 of the total donation.

Greenstone is the New Zealand-owned company which now owns and operates the retail and distribution assets acquired from Shell.

Greenstone’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, appreciated the support of the Bay of Plenty community and said the opening of the Bethlehem site reinforced Greenstone’s commitment to investing in New Zealand.

 

“We’re a Kiwi owned and operated company and our profits are retained in New Zealand. What’s more, inviting locals to choose the charities that matter most to them is a reflection of what matters to us – local ownership benefiting local people,” he said. “We really appreciate the support the local community has shown in visiting our site and voting for their preferred charity.”

The new service station trades under the Shell brand and sells quality Shell fuels. As with all Shell-branded service stations, the site is operated by locals. In the case of Bethlehem, the local operators are Dave and Lynette Gillies who operate 11 other Greenstone sites across the Bay of Plenty.

  • Waipuna Hospital - 56%
  • Volunteer Fire Service Omokoroa -18%
  • Homes of Hope -12%
  • Bethlehem Foundation - 8%
  • Lions of Bethlehem / Te Puna - 5%

29/10/2010 - General News

New Kiwi service station gives back to local community

Greenstone Energy is set to open a new service station in the North Shore on 29 October 2010, and is inviting North Shore locals to vote for their preferred charity when they fill up at the refurbished Shell-branded service station.

Greenstone will donate one cent per litre for all fuel sold at the new site for the first month of operation to four local North Shore charities, based on the number of customer votes they receive. Participating charities are North Shore Hospice, Parent Port Inc Takapuna, North Shore Hospital Foundation and the Foundation for Youth Development.

Greenstone is the wholly New Zealand-owned company which now owns and operates the retail and distribution assets acquired from Shell. 

The new service station is the second retail investment that Greenstone has completed since April. The site, located on the corners of Tarahoto and Northcote Roads, was formerly operated as a retail service station by a competitor and closed in July 2009. The new site cost $2 million to develop and involved an extensive amount of work including re-tanking, the latest Shell branding and a major upgrade to the retail shop.

 

Greenstone’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said the site will bring a top class service station back to the people of the North Shore.

“Shell Lakeside, as the site will be known, is a very important addition to our North Shore retail network. We expect this to be an extremely busy site that will serve the growing North Shore area very well indeed,” he said.

The new service centre will trade under the Shell brand and will sell quality Shell fuels. As with all Shell-branded service stations, the site will be operated by locals. In the case of Shell Lakeside, that is going to be Gursharan Mann, who operates eight other Greenstone sites across Auckland.

Since Greenstone acquired the Shell retail business in April, the company has created 40 new jobs, including bringing the call centre back to New Zealand from the Philippines, built and commissioned a new commercial truck refuelling facility, opened a brand new service station in Bethlehem, north of Tauranga, and will shortly start construction on a new, state-of-the-art Greenstone site in Waiuku, south of Auckland. 

11/10/2010 - General News

New Kiwi service station to benefit local community

Greenstone Energy is inviting Bay of Plenty locals to vote for their preferred charity when they fill up at the brand new $3 million Shell-branded service station which opens at Bethlehem today.

Greenstone will donate one cent per litre for all fuel sold at the new site for the first month of operation to five local charities, based on the number of customer votes they receive.

Greenstone is the wholly New Zealand-owned company which now owns and operates the retail and distribution assets acquired from Shell.

Greenstone’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said Greenstone was pleased to be opening such a significant investment at a time when much of the New Zealand fuel industry was consolidating or retrenching.

“We think this site will be a fantastic contribution to the local community and economy. Bethlehem is one of the fastest growing population centres in the country and this development will provide our world-class fuels and retail convenience offer to both locals as well as to travellers to the area.”

 

Mark Forsyth said the opening of the Bethlehem site reinforced Greenstone’s commitment to investing in New Zealand 

“We’re a Kiwi owned and operated company and our profits are retained in New Zealand. What’s more, inviting locals to choose the charities that matter most to them is a reflection of what matters to us – local ownership benefiting local people,” he said.

The new service centre will trade under the Shell brand and will sell quality Shell fuels. As with all Shell-branded service stations, the site will be operated by locals. In the case of Bethlehem that is going to be Dave and Lynette Gillies who operate 11 other Greenstone sites across the Bay of Plenty.

Since Greenstone acquired the Shell retail business in April, the company has created 40 new jobs, including bringing the call centre back to New Zealand from the Philippines, built and commissioned a new commercial truck refuelling facility, completed the Bethlehem development and started construction of two new multi-million dollar service stations.

13/09/2010 - General News

Greenstone appoints Chief Financial Officer

Greenstone Energy today announced that Mark Edghill has been appointed to the position of the company’s Chief Financial Officer.

Greenstone Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said Mark has been appointed after an international search and will come to Greenstone from Australia.

“Mark brings strong international finance skills to Greenstone and I am very pleased to welcome him as a member of the Greenstone Executive team,” he said.

“Mark has particular experience in building businesses through long-term value creation, leading organisational change, process transformation, risk management and governance,” said Mike Bennetts.

“Mark has delivered strong financial results over the course of his career and is particularly passionate about building organisational culture and ensuring organisations are customer-focused.” 

 

Mark began his career in the UK with Coopers & Lybrand and transferred with them to Sydney in 1988. Mark moved to James Hardie in 1991, working in Sydney, Manila, and Amsterdam within various finance and business development roles over a 10 year period. 

In 2001 Mark moved to Crown Castle, a high-growth wireless communications infrastructure start-up, as Director Finance and Company Secretary. During that time he was part of Crown Castle's growth from their $500 million investment in wireless communication towers. 

In November 2009, Mark took a sabbatical and has been working as a Director for a Brisbane-based start-up, raising seed capital and commercialising emergency shelters for the aid industry.

Mark holds a BSc with Honours from Durham University in England, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is moving to Wellington and will start at Greenstone on 11 October.

20/07/2010 - General News

Greenstone confirms second new retail site

Greenstone Energy, the New Zealand company that in April purchased the retail and distribution assets of Shell New Zealand, today confirmed it will invest in a new retail site in Auckland.

The new service station is the second retail investment commitment that Greenstone has made since April. The new site will cost up to $2 million to develop and will be located on the corners of Taharoto and Northcote Roads, opposite the Smales Farm complex.

Greenstone Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said the signing of the lease was another demonstration of Greenstone’s commitment to investment in New Zealand and to growth 

“We have signed the lease, secured the required resource consents and expect to have the site serving Auckland motorists in October,” he said.

 

The site was formerly operated as a retail service station by a competitor and closed in July 2009.

Mike Bennetts said the site would require an extensive amount of work including re-tanking, the latest Shell branding and a major upgrade to the retail shop, bringing a top class service station back to the people of the North Shore.

“Shell Lakeside, as the site will be known, is a very important addition to our North Shore retail network. We expect this to be an extremely busy site that will serve the growing North Shore area very well indeed.”

17/06/2010 - General News

Calling New Zealand...

What are key ingredients of a world-class Kiwi company? 

For Greenstone Energy, which took over the ownership of the Shell retail and distribution business in April, two critical ingredients are world-class customer service and investing in New Zealand and its people. 

In recognition of the value of investing in local jobs and delivering excellent customer service, Greenstone today signed a contract which will bring the company’s call centre in the Philippines back to New Zealand, creating around 12 fulltime Kiwi jobs.

Since April, Greenstone has created a total of 40 new Kiwi jobs, mostly through bringing previously outsourced roles back to New Zealand.

As part of Greenstone’s commitment to building ‘in-country expertise’, roles in treasury management, marketing, asset management and credit functions that were previously undertaken elsewhere are now back ‘in-house’ here in New Zealand. 

Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said Greenstone has important points of difference from its competitors. “We’re locally owned and operated, the returns from our business are retained here for the benefit of New Zealanders and, while competitors are moving jobs offshore, we’re creating jobs and investment in New Zealand. 

“While Shell was previously paying for these roles globally, as local owners we are now in a position to keep these costs and benefits within New Zealand.”

Mike Bennetts said being able to demonstrate a tangible commitment to New Zealand was being welcomed by staff, customers and suppliers and he expected Greenstone’s unique position in the New Zealand market would deliver competitive advantage.

He said while Greenstone was directly creating new jobs, it would prefer to partner with leading New Zealand companies, and this was the approach behind the company’s contract with the award-winning call centre provider, Telnet. Telnet is one of New Zealand’s largest privately owned call centres and employs 160 Kiwi staff in Queen Street, Auckland.

Telnet founder and chief executive John Chetwynd says today’s announcement demonstrates Greenstone’s commitment to New Zealand and also marks the beginning of a trend whereby corporates are bringing their call centre operations to New Zealand.

“Both Greenstone and Telnet agree that being Kiwi-owned counts for little if it’s not backed up by world-class performance. We work hard on delivering cost efficiencies alongside cutting-edge technology and friendly staff, delivered locally. It’s this combined strategy that is paying off for Telnet.”

Telnet is currently recruiting for Greenstone’s call centre roles in Auckland. The Greenstone call centre will be running in New Zealand from 1 August 2010.

03/06/2010 - General News

Greenstone appoints Integral Axon as IT service desk provider

Greenstone Energy, the New Zealand company which now owns and operates the Shell-branded retail fuel business, has appointed Integral Axon as its IT service desk and desktop support provider.

Integral Axon was selected by Greenstone Energy as a result of a detailed market process. 

General Manager of Transition and Operations, Rhoda Holmes, said Integral Axon has a sound business model with the flexibility to develop unique, tailored solutions around Greenstone's IT requirements.

"Integral Axon is a wholly New Zealand-owned provider which is important to us, but more importantly they demonstrated a flexible, nimble approach to meeting our business needs.

"As we set about building a world-class Kiwi company and laying the foundations for future growth, it is important that we work with an IT services supplier that can grow and develop with us and meet our changing needs," said Mrs Holmes.

"Integral Axon had the right skills and the right scale to best meet our needs." 

Integral Axon was formed as the result of the acquisition of Axon Computer Systems by Integral Technology Group on 1 May 2010. The merger has created New Zealand's largest privately-owned ICT services company with revenues approaching $150 million, around 360 staff and offices located in Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch. 

Chief Executive of Integral Axon, Ray Noonan, said that achieving ongoing close alignment in the style of service delivery that Integral Axon will provide is as important as the services themselves.

“The strong value and business outcomes focus of Greenstone’s business resonates well with us.

“Integral Axon is committed to supporting Greenstone in ways that enable their users to focus more on delivering quality and profitable services to the market. Together, this will make us both highly successful.”

10/05/2010 - General News

Greenstone Energy confirms new executive team

Greenstone Energy, the company which owns and operates the former Shell downstream retail fuel and distribution assets, has confirmed a number of appointments which now complete the new company’s executive team.

Greenstone Energy is jointly owned by Infratil and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and is a New Zealand-owned national service station network.

Greenstone Energy Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said the company had been working to secure a number of key staff during the process of purchasing Shell’s assets and he was pleased to have the new Greenstone executive team in place.

“As we work to build a strong Kiwi brand it is important that we have the right people on the team with the right mix of skills. This executive team provides Greenstone with the depth and capacity to enable us to maximise this unique opportunity.

“This new team will enable us to differentiate Greenstone Energy, while continuing to provide the operational excellence which our customers expect and deserve,” he said.

The Greenstone executive team consists of (* marks new external appointments):

Lindis Jones - General Manager, Corporate*

Lindis has been the Head of Property at ANZ National Bank since August 2007, leading a number of significant property transactions and developments in New Zealand.

Prior to joining ANZ National, Lindis was with Shell for 13 years, primarily in retail operations and strategy in Europe, Asia and New Zealand.

Lindis graduated from Otago University with Bachelor degrees in Science and Economics. While based in London he obtained a Master of Finance from London Business School.

Huma Faruqui – General Manager, Capability and Organisational Development* 

Huma worked in HR roles in the UK for six years before moving to New Zealand in late 2003. Her career in the UK spanned several blue chip organisations including Deutsche Bank, Cater Allen/Abbey National Bank and Deloitte. 

In New Zealand, Huma has worked for Vero Insurance and, most recently, with Telecom in HR leadership roles with each of Telecom’s strategic business units. She has been leading organisational development initiatives within Telecom around values, engagement and change.

Huma graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Financial Services, before moving into a career in HR, subsequently gaining her Grad CIPD, and a post graduate certificate in management studies. Huma is also a certified practitioner in many recognised psychological assessment frameworks.

David Robinson – General Manager, Commercial 

David joined Shell in 1994 and for the past 16 years held a variety of commercial roles in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. These roles have included area management roles, general management of subsidiary companies, marketing fuels and lubricants in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, and global brand management. David is a director of the Greenstone subsidiary Mini Fuels and Oils Limited.

David is responsible for all business to business activities including the key industry sectors of Aviation, Marine, Bitumen, Chemicals, Bulk and Shell Card Fuel. A key focus for the Commercial Team is ensuring that the value propositions offered to business customers are world class in terms of reliability and innovation and that strong customer relationships are maintained.

David graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Arts and the University of Queensland with a Graduate Certificate in Management. He originally hails from the metropolis of Wanganui.

Mark Forsyth - General Manager, Retail

Mark is responsible for the safe and profitable operation of Greenstone's more than 200 service stations and nearly 100 truckstops in New Zealand, as well as holding company-wide responsibility for marketing, brand and asset management across the business.

Mark is also a Director of Loyalty New Zealand Ltd.

Mark has previously held management positions with Shell in New Zealand, the UK and Ireland and with various other companies in New Zealand, Australia and the UK in the property development, telecommunications and logistics industries.

Born and raised in Auckland, Mark was educated in New Zealand prior to graduating from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. 

Rob Freeman – General Manager, Supply and Distribution

Rob has been involved with the Shell group since 1987. Over that period Rob has held a number of senior management roles in Shell Australia, particularly in commercial marketing, services, distribution and logistics.

Rob moved to New Zealand in 2007 and is responsible for the fuel supply distribution chain, from sourcing crude and refined product from international markets to domestic distribution and supply of fuel products to customers.

Rob is the current chair of New Zealand Oil Services Ltd and a director of Wiri Oil Services Ltd.

Rhoda Holmes – Transition and Operations*

Rhoda worked for Infratil in the lead-up to the purchase of Greenstone, building the new organisation’s transition and operations plan.

Rhoda has over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industry in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Currently running her own consulting business, Raghnall Ltd, she was formally the Chief Executive of Optimation New Zealand. 

Previously, Rhoda was responsible for leading and transforming customer relationships at the helm of Telecom/Gen-i’s Trans Tasman ICT business. Rhoda has previously held roles leading both HR and Corporate Affairs. 

Rhoda holds an MSC in Telecommunications Engineering and Business Management, and is a Director of Kordia Solutions and NZICT.

04/05/2010 - General News

First step for first new Greenstone site

Greenstone Energy, the New Zealand-owned company which now owns and operates the retail and distribution assets formerly owned by Shell New Zealand, has confirmed it will build a new retail service station near Tauranga.

Greenstone’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said the new service centre will trade under the existing Shell brand and will sell quality Shell fuels, but, as with any Shell-branded retail business, the returns from the business will now stay here in New Zealand and benefit Kiwis.

Mark Forsyth said he believed there was competition from other fuel retailers for the site, but that strong support from the Greenstone Board and the flexibility to make rapid decisions in New Zealand rather than seeking offshore approval had contributed to the Greenstone success.

Greenstone Energy is jointly owned by Infratil and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and owns and operates the New Zealand-owned national network of service stations. 

Mark Forsyth said this week Greenstone had signed the lease for the new site which will be built on State Highway Two, north of Tauranga in Bethlehem.

“The area is one of the fastest growing population centres in the country and this development will provide world-class fuels and retail convenience services to travellers in the area as well as to locals.

“We expect to begin construction in June and have the site complete and trading by October. The site will be operated by Greenstone’s local retailers, Dave and Lynette Gillies.”

Greenstone holds resource consents for the site. The new service station will create around a dozen local jobs and will involve around 70 local jobs during construction.

Mark Forsyth said the new service centre would be the first Greenstone development, representing a multi million investment in the local and New Zealand economies. 

“This will be a fantastic asset for the region and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to kick off what will be the first of a number of strategic investments in New Zealand’s energy future,” he said.

Sustainability

Sustainability news

Recycling and food waste

We have a goal to reduce 70% of Z’s retail operation landfill-bound waste by 2015. We’ve embarked on a network-wide recycling programme to waste less within our business.

We have worked with our Retailers, site staff and waste service providers to work out what we’re wasting and where, and come up with waste reduction plans for every site. We have recycling bins (for paper/cardboard, co-mingled, and food waste) on-site and have rolled out forecourt recycling bins across 103 sites so far (with more planned!). So far this year, we’ve diverted 226 tonnes of food waste from landfill into composting.  We have a network of ‘Waste Warriors’ at our service stations,  leading their teams into action on recycling, and competing against each other for the prize of top Z Waste Warrior – the winning site, Z Belfast, last year recycled an average of 85% of all waste on site.

Based on early data, we’re about halfway to our goal of reducing our waste to landfill by 70%.

We’re continuing to roll out more forecourt recycling bins across the network and to work with site staff to increase the amount of waste going to recycling. We’re always looking at ways of reducing the amount of material we bring onto our sites in the first place; such as recently reviewing the number of magazine deliveries to ensure we reduce before we recycle.

We’re also giving away coffee grounds to gardeners to put on their roses, and unsold food to pig farmers in those more rural areas without a food waste pick-up service.

Sustainability

Sustainability news

LED lighting on retail sites

Forecourt power and lighting accounts for more than a quarter of Z’s total retail electricity use. As a sustainable company, we reckon it’s important to reduce energy use.

We’ve completed a nationwide project to change out all of the external lighting in our service station canopies with energy-efficient LED lighting. We invested $3.1 million in a six-month LED canopy lighting replacement project, supported by a $580,000 business grant from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Sustainability

Sustainability news

Energy efficiency

We’re constantly looking at ways we can reduce both the cost and the carbon emissions of running our retail operations.

We’ve been working with our suppliers to identify how we can run our retail sites more efficiently. Some examples include making sure our refrigeration units and HVAC units aren’t working against each other; installing automatic sensors on doors; and installing pull-down screens on open fridge units. We’ve worked with our suppliers to identify new generation chillers that we’ll install at our new-build sites, which can save at least 40% on our current refrigeration energy usage.

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