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04/08/2017 - General News

Thousands of Kiwis to see An Inconvenient Sequel for free

In a first for New Zealand, tickets to opening night screenings of a feature film will be available free nationwide, so that as many Kiwis as possible can see An Inconvenient Sequel when it’s released on August 24.

A decade after Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that highlights the perils of unmitigated climate change and the need for more action.

Z Energy and Paramount Pictures have partnered to offer 3,000 free tickets on opening night at 24 cinemas across the country, with tickets becoming available next week.

An Inconvenient Sequel Poster

Z Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, said Z’s free screenings are aimed at sparking a nationwide conversation about climate change.

“Z believes climate change is one of the greatest problems facing our world and we all have a role – companies, governments and individuals alike - to play in solving it, starting in our own backyards.

“The film’s release comes at a critical time when New Zealanders still have a chance to make a difference by uniting to make both small changes and to call for action from business and government,” Mike said.

Paramount Pictures New Zealand Marketing Manager, Jo Maclaren, added Z’s support would help share the film’s critical message about the threat of climate change.

“Never before have this many free tickets to a film been made available to the New Zealand public on opening day. It’s great Z could make it happen on a film that has potential to bring climate change to the forefront of conversation and lead to action.”

The free tickets, cinema locations and session times will be listed on movietimes.nz/ais.

For more information about the film or free screenings please contact:

Paramount Publicity Manager, Spencer Dowson, (09) 303 2299, spencer_dowson@paramount.com

Z Corporate Communications, Georgina Ball, (04) 498 0132, Georgina.Ball@z.co.nz

About Z Energy

Z is the country’s largest provider of transport energy, with more than 200 service stations around the country and a large commercial network. Z is committed to making a difference in the communities it operates in, including by being part of the solution to climate change through moving away from selling fossil fuels to more sustainable transport energy solutions.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

 

31/07/2017 - General News

Z named as a best employer after year of change

Z Energy has been announced as a 2017 Aon Hewitt ‘Best Employer’ for the third year running, achieved during a year characterised by executing one of New Zealand’s biggest acquisitions.

This annual award recognises the best employers across Australasia based on employee engagement scores and people management practices.

Z staff are some of most engaged around.

Z staff are some of most engaged around.

Z’s General Manager of People and Culture, Sharlene Taylor, said the company had put special focus on maintaining engagement throughout the challenging process of bringing two companies together, following the acquisition of Chevron New Zealand last year.

“Historically the biggest risks of mergers and acquisitions are the risks of staff disengagement, when companies put two businesses together and hope for the best.

“Z took this risk off the table with an unconventional way of merging two cultures and people, taking a broader perspective on how we defined success of the acquisition.

“Throughout the acquisition Z had a mantra of one company, one team, one strategy and that’s what we consider success to be, not just achieving financial synergies. This is extremely hard to achieve, if not impossible, without putting the focus on the key area of people integration,” Sharlene said.

Z attributes some of its success to its investment in senior leaders ahead of deal, to make sure the business understood the Chevron New Zealand culture and what was important to its people.

“Understanding the culture enabled us to take our existing and new people on the journey to becoming one integrated company, therefore keeping our people engaged and passionate about working at Z, even as they experienced large-scale change,” Sharlene said.

“Engagement is critical to a high performance workplace, so getting a good result at these awards, now that we are a much bigger business, is really important to us.”

For the first time Z Retailers, who operate Z’s more than 200 service stations on the company’s behalf, have also been recognised as best employers as a separate entity, reflecting work that’s gone into engaging Z’s 2,000 retail site staff.

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For further information please contact Georgina Ball: 04 498 0132

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27/07/2017 - Sustainability news

Z urges business, cross-party support for Climate Act

Z Energy today urged businesses and all political parties to back a recommendation to enshrine carbon reduction targets in law and set carbon budgets to enable clear measurement.

NZ and Paris

NZ need to act to reach its Paris commitments

The New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, today released a report recommending the establishment of legislation similar to the UK Climate Act which was passed with cross-party support in 2008 and which has been replicated by multiple countries since.

The proposal contains four elements:

  • Setting emissions targets in legislation

  • Setting clear and measurable carbon budgets for the country

  • Implementation of policy to ensure compliance with carbon budgets

  • Establishing an independent Climate Change Commission to set targets and provide expert advice

Z Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, said with the New Zealand Government’s commitment to the Paris Accord, it was now vital to build a clear, stable plan that set measurable targets and provided all parties with certainty.

 “As a company whose products account for about eight per cent of New Zealand’s total greenhouse gases, Z backs this proposal and calls for other businesses to also publicly back it.

“Hope is not a strategy. We’ve got a lot of work to do to meet our current commitments, let alone exceed them. Climate change is bigger than business and bigger than politics.

This proposal is a sensible, pragmatic approach which provides an opportunity for all Kiwis – including businesses and politicians - to come together around a clear carbon reduction plan.

Under the UK’s policy settings, over the period 1990 – 2015 the UK’s carbon emissions decreased by 38 per cent. Over the same period New Zealand’s emissions increased by 64 per cent.

Mike said there was a lot in the proposal that followed simple good business practice: replicating international best practice; setting measurable targets; and ensuring accountability against clearly-stated and well-understood commitments.

“In backing this recommendation, I also want to acknowledge the leadership of Generation Zero, which has been advocating for something like this for some time, most recently through its call for a ‘Zero Carbon Act’. Younger people appear supportive of this proposal across the political spectrum and are acknowledging the need for unity in responding to the climate change challenge.

“We should heed this message.”

Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212

To follow's Z's sustainability journey keep an eye on our our sustainability page.

 

Sustainability

03/07/2017 - Sustainability news

Christchurch anti-plastic bag campaign

On International Plastic Bag Free Day, a Canterbury Retailer has introduced a voluntary plastic bag levy to encourage customers to think twice before taking a bag.

At 14 Z service stations during July, customers will be asked if they need a bag and if they'd like to donate 10 cents for each bag to the charity, Sustainable Coastlines, which cleans up New Zealand’s coastlines and waterways.

Canterbury Retailer, Anton Hutton, who operates the 14 Christchurch sites, says as a father of two young children, an initiative to reduce the use of plastic bags felt like the right thing to do.

Anton on clean-up at New Brighton beach

“Single-use plastic bags are having a massive ecological impact on our world. Millions of tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year and we can all make a difference to stop this tide of waste.

“My 14 Z sites alone give out around 52,000 single-use plastic bags to customers every year,” Anton said.

Anton acknowledges the move is a small step towards change but reckons environmental sustainability is about everyone making small changes that together make a difference.

“When we ask for a donation for a plastic bag it starts a discussion. It makes people think about if they really need a bag. And, if they do take one, it goes to a good environmental cause,” Anton said.

Z is using the initiative as a pilot to measure if the move reduces plastic bag usage. The company will then look at how the scheme could be tweaked and rolled out to other Z service stations around the country.

Z Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, says Z customers nationwide use around two million plastic bags every year.

“We’re committed to working with our customers to contribute to reducing the millions of plastic bags that shoppers around the world use every year,” Gerri said.

 

15/05/2017 - General News

Z installs anti-theft technology to protect staff & deter robbers

Z Energy is installing new anti-theft technology around Auckland to make it even harder to steal tobacco.

Staff member and new tobacco dispenser

Z staff member uses new tobacco dispenser

Fifty high security steel tobacco dispensing machines are being installed, as the company seeks to protect retail staff by deterring would-be robbers.

The automated units are locked at all times with restricted access only and can dispense just one pack of tobacco at a time. Staff have no access to keys to open the machines between the hours of 6pm and 6am.

Z General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said Z is focused on keeping robbers out and if they do get into a site there will now be nothing of value to steal.

“We are locking away tobacco so there is simply no point targeting Z and robbers would be wasting their time.”

The machines are the latest in a series of moves by Z to protect staff and make sites resistant to attacks, including fog cannons, bollards, safe rooms for staff, an $8 million high definition CCTV system and security film on glass to make it very difficult to break.

Mark said every person has a right to do their job safely and feel safe at work.

“As attempted robberies continue to put communities at risk Z is making safety a priority by doing what it takes to protect our front line staff,” said Mark.

Z is working closely with the New Zealand Police to share intelligence and do anything it can to assist in arrests after attacks on service stations.

Detective Senior Sergeant, Albie Alexander, of the Counties Manukau Major Crime Team said police cannot solve this problem alone, so it’s great to see retailers taking preventative measures to keep their staff safe. 

“We will continue to work closely with our community, including Z Energy to help prevent these types of crimes. These are serious offences punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment and police are focused on holding those who commit these offences to account.”

 

28/04/2017 - General News

Kiwis set to vote in Good in the Hood

New Zealanders will help address needs in neighbourhoods across the country, when they vote in Z Energy’s Good in the Hood this May.

Good in the Hood is a community funding programme that awards over a million dollars every year to around 800 Kiwi groups doing good for people or the environment in the area around each local Z.

Z Taupo GITH

Every Z service station has chosen four groups to support in 2017 and will share $4000 between them. Locals will determine what percentage of the funding goes to each group by voting with an orange token each time they shop at Z during May.

Z Community Manager, Christine Langdon, said the need that each group is addressing will be labelled on the voting booths, so locals can see the impact the funding will have.

“The needs identified by groups range from mentoring local youth, to keeping at-risk families safe, providing lunches for school kids, and removing pests to help native birds return.”

“The range of needs has highlighted the scope of help needed across New Zealand. Good in the Hood empowers communities to come up with solutions to these needs,” Christine said

This year all groups were required to have a local representative, resulting in more small, grass-roots groups in the programme than ever before.

“Local groups often know best what change or help is most needed in communities so it’s exciting that Good in the Hood is incubating lots of small groups, to help them get off the ground,” Christine said.

On top of the $4000, every Z service station has an additional $1,000 to use for discretionary Good in the Hood neighbourhood support in 2017.

This year environmental groups were eligible to apply for the programme, so Kiwis will be able to vote to support an environmental need at some sites.

To find out more head to our Good in the Hood page.

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

03/04/2017 - General News

Auckland carwashes re-open

closed car wash

Z Energy service stations in Auckland are re-opening their carwashes today.

All Z service stations across Auckland closed their carwashes to help save water during the region's water crisis in March.

While the carwashes use a large amount of recycled water the company deemed it best to shut them to save as much fresh water as possible.

The decision to re-open the carwashes has been made after local authorities announced on Monday that the water crisis was officially over.

People can find their nearest carwash at z.co.nz/Z2O.

31/03/2017 - General News

Z adds more rapid charging stations

EV Fast Charger

Z helps the EV revolution by adding more rapid charging stations

Z Energy and ChargeNet NZ are installing three more rapid-charge electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by the end of April to help extend the country’s EV charging network.

The new charging stations, supplied by ChargeNet NZ, will shortly join the other 6 rapid-charge stations Z has already installed for public use in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The locations of the new charging stations in Warkworth, Turangi and Taupo at Z Tauhara, have been selected to help plug gaps in New Zealand’s network of electric highways.

Sustainability Manager, Jonathan Hill, said the charging stations would provide more charging options outside the main centres.

“Z is committed to supporting the adoption of technology and alternative fuels that help the shift away from fossil fuels to more environmentally friendly options.

“Having more charging stations will make an electric vehicle a more appealing option for people, by stopping them worrying they’ll get stuck without power,” Jonathan said.

 A 25 minute charge will “fill up” an entry level electric vehicle like a Leaf and allow customers to travel about 120 kilometres.

 Last year people charging up at Z saved an estimated 20 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of a medium sized petrol car taking more than 130 trips from Auckland to Wellington.

 ChargeNet Chief Executive, Steve West, said Z’s new strategically placed charging stations will help in his mission to make it possible to drive an EV from Auckland to Wellington by the end of next year without any range anxiety.

“At this rate we will soon have charging stations every 40-80kms on the main highway and Z is helping make this possible,” he said.

Installing EV charging stations is just one of Z’s investments in the environment along with building the country’s first commercial scale biodiesel plant and smaller steps including using more LED lighting, switching to compostable coffee cups at Z Espress service stations and adding environmental groups to Good in the Hood this year.

 

 

 

10/03/2017 - General News

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.

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For further information or interviews please contact Georgina Ball:

04 498 0132, 021 191 1433

 

08/03/2017 - General News

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.

 

 

 

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