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

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

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

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

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

Luana Tupou, Bachelor of Applied Management, Otago Polytechnic

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

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

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

Nathan Taramai, Bachelor of Applied Management, Otago Polytechnic 

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

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


For further information or interviews please contact Georgina Ball:

04 498 0132, 021 191 1433



International Women's Day at Z

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


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40% of Z's Executive Team are women

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

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

Avoiding gender bias (one way or the other)

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

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

Pay Parity

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

More work to do

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





Z seeks to engage Kiwis on carbon and climate change

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


We Can Do Better

Tell us what we can do better

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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.


For further information please contact Georgina Ball: 04 498 0132



Good in the Hood extends funding to environmental groups


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.


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


Gisborne Power Cut Update


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



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'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. 







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/


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



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/.


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



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.


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


  • 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


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



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