As a Kiwi company, our customers expect us to give back to local neighbourhoods, to support the things that matter locally and to make a positive contribution right across New Zealand.
So this year, every Z station is giving $5,000 to neighbourhood groups which help people who need it. That’s over $1 million across the country to do Good in the Hood!
It works like this. From thousands of applications every Z station has selected four neighbourhood groups and will give them a share of $4,000*. But how much each group gets is up to you.
When you visit a Z station in March and make a purchase (excluding cigarette only purchases) you’ll be given an orange token. That tiny token is actually pretty powerful because you get to use it to vote for the group you want us to give the money to. The more votes a group gets the greater share of the money they’ll get.
You can do even more good in your hood by jumping into our online Token Hunt. Customers can hunt for virtual tokens and vote online – the ten groups that get the most online votes nationwide will receive even more funding. And because one good turn deserves another you might even stumble across some instant prizes!
* The local retailer will use the remaining $1,000 to support other causes throughout the year.
In October 2013 thousands of neighbourhood groups and projects applied to be part of Good in the Hood through this website.
Good in the Hood is the ultimate in keeping it local - there’s no head office sponsorship budget; rather each service station – Z’s people on the ground decide which groups or projects they support.
These decisions were made and the successful groups were contacted and announced here in February 2014.
Obviously we can’t support everything so groups had to meet the following criteria to apply and be successful:
1) Groups or projects must be active in the local area around a specific Z service station, and
2) Groups or projects must demonstrate they are providing support or help to people who need it, and
3) The request must be for a specific project or to fulfil a specific need.
Because of our focus on local neighbourhoods and helping people, some groups and projects weren’t eligible and won’t be successful. We’ve listed some examples of these below (sorry, we have to draw the line somewhere):
Check out your local Z to see what neighbourhood groups they are supporting
During October 2013, neighbourhood groups or projects can apply to be part of Good in the Hood.
During February 2014, the successful groups and projects will be contacted and announced here.
During March 2014, Z customers will be given an orange token to vote for one of the four groups at each station.
$4,000 per station will be divided amongst the four successful groups, according to the number of customer votes they receive.
When you submitted your application, we sent you a confirmation email back – this means that it's in our database.
All of the applications were sent to our local retailers to review and decide with their staff which groups they feel are best suited to their local neighbourhood. Rather than someone in head office deciding, we reckon it's much better that the people who really know the neighbourhood choose which groups or projects are successful.
In February 2014 or sooner, we’ll get in touch with you to let you know whether your application has been successful or not.
Of course you can – if you completed an application between during October 2013 your application will be considered alongside all the other applications.
Voting will run from 1 March – 31 March 2014.
If you're successful, your group or project will be able to get a share of $4,000 from the Z service station that you applied to. The money will be divided up based on the number of votes each group receives during the voting period.
When we became Z, we asked New Zealanders to tell us what they wanted us to support. Overwhelmingly, the response was that our customers wanted us to give back to local neighbourhoods and to help people who need it. That's how we came to the criteria for Good in the Hood.
Because of our focus on local neighbourhoods and helping people, some groups and projects won’t be eligible. We’ve listed some examples of these below (sorry, we have to draw the line somewhere):
We’ll only support groups that are active in areas directly around Z service stations sorry.
Yes, as long as they’re active in an area directly around a Z service station.