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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.



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.”


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.


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 


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


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


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



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




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.


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.


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