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24/02/2016

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

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

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

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

11/12/2015

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

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

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.

11/09/2015

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

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.

27/07/2015

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

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