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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.




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

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

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.”

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