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 in 2014, every Z station will again be giving away $5,000 to neighbourhood groups and projects that help people who need it. That’s over $1 million across New Zealand to do good in the hood.
Good in the Hood is the ultimate in keeping it local. So instead of someone in head office deciding who to support, Z’s people on the ground choose the groups for their station to get behind.
Watch a short video on why our Good in the Hood programme really matters to us.
We first launched Good in the Hood in November 2012. Thousands of neighbourhood groups applied to be part of Good in the Hood, and from these applications every Z station selected four neighbourhood groups to receive a share of $4,000.
In March 2013, we gave our customers an orange token every time they made a purchase at a Z station. This orange token was pretty powerful because they could use it to vote for the group they wanted us to support. At the end of the month we counted the votes and worked out the corresponding share of the money each of the four groups got.
During March thousands of people also hunted for tokens in our online Token Hunt and used them to vote for their favourite group. The top 10 groups in the Token Hunt received an extra $500 on top of their other funds.
Successful groups were announced soon after and presented with their cheques. You can learn a little bit more about last year’s groups and check out the good they're doing in their hood.
For those of you good with maths, you’ll have spotted that there’s an extra $1,000 per Z station to be given away. The local retailers who operate each Z Station use this to support other causes throughout the year – so that we can make the good go a bit further.
Applications for Good in the Hood 2014 were open from the 1st to the 31st of October and are now closed. Your local Z stations are currently looking through the applications and we’ll get in touch with the successful groups in February 2014.
Obviously we can’t support everything, so here’s the criteria:
Your local Z stations will announce the successful groups in February 2014.
Enter your email address and we'll send you a reminder when on-site voting starts.
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.