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19/08/2011 - General News

Z Turangi opens its doors

Z Energy came to Turangi this morning, bringing the distinctive Kiwi brand to one of the busiest service station sites in New Zealand.

The opening of Z Turangi is the ninth in a 10 site pilot programme, following sites in Auckland (three), Christchurch (two), Wellington (two) and Waiouru (one).

Z is jointly owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Kiwi company Infratil. The decision to replace the Shell logo with a new brand that reflects the local ownership of the business was developed following one of the largest pieces of customer research into what Kiwi consumers want in a locally owned service station.

“As Z Energy, we can now bring our customers a new retail offer under a brand that is all about New Zealand,” said Z CEO Mike Bennetts.

Mike said the most immediate and visible change will be one of the largest rebranding exercises in recent New Zealand history, but changing the colours and the brand is only a part of the story.

“The Z brand will provide a visual point of difference and our customers will know they’re supporting a Kiwi company when they shop with us. More importantly, our new look stores will provide customers with a completely overhauled and significantly improved offer,” Mike said.

With the Z brand we have redesigned our stores and our offer around what people told us they want - we have made a commitment to forecourt service and we will be offering café quality food and coffee.

So what will the first Z customers see and experience?

“People told us that they want to get in, get world-class fuel, good coffee and fresh café-quality food and be on their way quickly. They want dedicated forecourt service to be there for people that want it and they want clean, modern restrooms.

“We’ll deliver all of these things under the Z brand and we’re going to support New Zealand businesses along the way – for example our new pies are produced in the Hawke’s Bay, and our cupcakes are made by Laurel Watson in Auckland.”

Mike said that, perhaps above all else, customers wanted Z to contribute to the New Zealand economy and to things that matter in our local communities.

“So, while the profits from the Z business will be kept in New Zealand and go towards meeting the costs of superannuation, we will also be investing directly in the things that matter locally,” he said.

“Today is a milestone in the unveiling of the new Z brand, but a brand and a logo is the tip of an iceberg. We want Z to be a world-class Kiwi company and we want to be judged upon what we deliver and how we go about it.

“We reckon customers deserve better than what they’ve had up until now. Customers are ready for a change and the feedback we have had from our Z pilot sites so far says we are on the right track,” said Mike.

Customers can provide feedback on the Z experience directly through z.co.nz or through the Z Facebook page at www.facebook.com/zenergynz.

 

29/07/2011 - General News

Z Mana opens its doors

Z Mana has arrived, and customers will be able to vote for their favourite local charity when they visit the new site to fill up.  

Z Mana, at 143 Mana Esplanade, was officially opened this morning by local MP Kris Faafoi.   

The opening of the site is the latest in a 10 site pilot programme, from which Z Energy aims to receive customer feedback that will help the company refine its offer.

Z is jointly owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Kiwi company Infratil. The decision to replace the Shell logo with a new brand that reflects the local ownership of the business was developed following one of the most significant pieces of customer research into what Kiwi consumers want in a locally owned service station.

“As Z Energy, we can now bring our customers a new retail offer under a brand that is all about New Zealand,” said Z CEO Mike Bennetts.

“The Z brand will provide a visual point of difference and our customers will know they’re supporting a Kiwi company when they shop with us. But more importantly, our new look stores will provide customers with a completely overhauled and significantly improved offer,” Mike said.

“With the Z brand we have redesigned our stores and our offer around what people told us they want - we have made a commitment to forecourt service and we will be offering café quality food and coffee.”

Those travelling along state Highway 1 will also be pleased to know that the new Z site will have upgraded, clean, modern restrooms.

“We’ll deliver all of these things under the Z brand and we’re going to support New Zealand businesses along the way – for example our new pies are produced in the Hawke’s Bay, and our cupcakes are made by Laurel Watson in Auckland.”

Mike said that, perhaps above all else, customers wanted Z to contribute to the New Zealand economy and to things that matter in our local communities.

“So, while the profits from the Z business will be kept in New Zealand and go towards meeting the future costs of our superannuation, we will also be investing directly in the things that matter locally,” he said.

As part of the opening, Z will be donating $5,000 to community organisations, with customers able to vote from four local community organisations. For the Mana site, this $5,000 will be allocated, according to customer votes between the following charities:

Bellyful: Prepares and delivers free meals to new mums in need.

Mary Potter Hospice Porirua: Provides specialist care to people living with a terminal illness.

Mana Volunteer Coastguard: Responsible for search, rescue and training for the wider Mana area.

Friends of Mana Island: Implements the restoration plan for Mana Island through re-vegetation and species preservation.

 “We have deliberately chosen the location of pilot sites to enable feedback from as great a cross-section of New Zealand as possible. We are excited about hearing what the Mana community think about our new site as well feedback from travellers driving up or down State Highway 1,” said Mike.

Z Mana will be open to the public from 11am on Friday 29 July, so come in, fill up, try a coffee, pie or cupcake, and vote for your favourite community organisation. 

 

29/07/2011 - General News

Z Energy finally arrives in Christchurch

Z Energy has arrived in one of the worst-hit areas of Christchurch, with local MP Brendon Burns today opening the first Z-branded flagship site in the South Island at Shirley in Christchurch.

Z Energy is the Kiwi business which owns and operates the Shell branded service station network. Z is the new brand which, along with new customer offers, is being piloted in 10 sites before a commitment is made to a national roll-out.

Z Energy’s Shirley service station was extensively damaged by the February earthquakes and has been closed ever since. The site has been effectively rebuilt, re-tanked and reconsented by the Christchurch City Council.

Z Energy Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said, after a number of delays, it was pleasing to bring the site back to a community that needed it, and to return it to service as the first flagship Z-branded pilot sites in the South Island.

“The rebuild and reopening of this site as a Z-branded service station represents our commitment to our business in Christchurch and to the local community.

“I’d like to thank all of Z’s people in Christchurch, including our contractors, for bringing this project to completion under very difficult circumstances.”

Mike Bennetts said Z’s team of people in Christchurch had suffered their own difficulties as a result of the earthquakes but had shown outstanding commitment and professionalism in keeping Z’s business in Christchurch on track.

“It is fitting that the first Z site in the South Island has reopened in one of the hardest hit Christchurch communities. Bringing this site back to operation reflects the commitment of our people and leaves just one more site before our Christchurch operations are back at 100 per cent,” he said.

“Our people in Christchurch have shown a huge amount of good old-fashioned Kiwi attitude over the last nine months and it’s great to be able to bring a bit more Kiwi attitude back to Christchurch with the first locally owned and locally branded Z service station in the South.”

Z Energy’s second South Island site will also be in one of the harder hit areas of Christchurch. This site is at Linwood and will open for business on August 5. Photos of both site openings available on request.

08/07/2011 - General News

Z in the Capital City

New Zealand’s capital now has its very own Z, right in the Wellington central business district. Z Harbour City, on the corner of Customhouse Quay and Whitmore Street was officially opened this afternoon by Transport Minister Steven Joyce.

The opening of the site is the latest in a 10 site pilot programme, from which Z Energy aims to receive customer feedback that will help the company refine its offer.

Z is jointly owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Kiwi company Infratil. The decision to replace the Shell logo with a new brand that reflects the local ownership of the business was developed following one of the most significant pieces of customer research into what Kiwi consumers want in a locally owned service station.

“As Z Energy, we can now bring our customers a new retail offer under a brand that is all about New Zealand,” said Z CEO Mike Bennetts.

Mike said the most immediate and visible change will be one of the largest rebranding exercises in recent New Zealand history, but changing the colours and the brand is only a part of the story.

“The Z brand will provide a visual point of difference and our customers will know they’re supporting a Kiwi company when they shop with us. More importantly, our new look stores will provide customers with a completely overhauled and significantly improved offer,” Mike said.

“With the Z brand we have redesigned our stores and our offer around what people told us they want - we have made a commitment to forecourt service for people that want it and we will be offering café quality food and coffee.”

So what will the first Z customers see and experience?

“People told us that they want to get in, get world-class fuel, good coffee and fresh food and be on their way quickly. Speed is always important, but particularly so to workers in the CBD, who often have to multi-task on a busy day. A service station may not instinctively seem like the place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat, but our gourmet pies, cupcakes, sandwiches and espresso coffee range are seriously good.

Mike said that another key thing that came out of the research was that customers wanted Z to contribute to the New Zealand economy and to things that matter in our local neighbourhoods.

“So, while we will be supporting local businesses, and the profits from the Z business will be kept in New Zealand and go towards meeting the costs of superannuation, we will also be investing directly in the things that matter locally,” he said.

“With every Z site that we open, we will be donating $5,000 to community organisations, with customers able to vote from four local community organisations. For the Harbour City site, this $5,000 will be allocated, according to customer votes between Wellington Free Ambulance, Plunket Wellington, Eastern Rock Community Patrol and the Downtown Community Ministry Foodbank. Across 220 retail sites, this represents an initial investment in community-based groups and activities of more than $1 million.

“We reckon customers are ready for a change and the feedback we have had from Greenlane and Skyway so far says we are on the right track. So try it out and tell us what you think,” said Mike.

The other Z pilot stations are: Greenlane, Skyway and Takanini, Auckland; Waiouru; Shirley and Linwood, Christchurch; Mana, Wellington; Turangi; and Putaruru.

06/07/2011 - General News

Z is for Waiouru

As winter starts to bite and the skifields finally open, motorists heading to and from the Central North Island winter playground will be able to experience the first Z service station outside of Auckland when it opens in Waiouru today.

Contractors have been at times working in snow to bring the Z site to completion.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said he was particularly pleased to be able to bring Z to Waiouru, and thanked contractors and staff who have worked in very cold conditions.

“Waiouru is heartland New Zealand and many thousands of Kiwis travel through the town at this time of the year. It’s great to be able to now offer much improved services and a distinctly Kiwi experience to motorists,” he said.

Other service stations in the town have closed, leaving the new Z site as the only service station in the town and surrounding areas.

“The fact that we’re the only service station in town highlights that Z is for New Zealand. At this very cold time of the year, it’s great to be able to bring forecourt service and a top quality bakery and espresso coffee offer to motorists in Waiouru,” said Mike.

The decision to replace the Shell logo with a new brand that reflects the local ownership of the business was developed following one of the largest pieces of customer research into what Kiwi consumers want in a locally owned service station.

“We reckon customers deserve better than what they’ve had up until now, customers deserve a truly local option and we reckon New Zealand is ready for a change. From today, people travelling through Waiouru will be able to experience the Z difference,” said Mike.

The completed Z pilot stations are: Skyway, Greenlane and Takanini, Auckland; Waiouru; To be completed over the coming month are: Shirley and Linwood, Christchurch;  Harbour City and Mana, Wellington; Turangi; and Putaruru.

01/07/2011 - General News

Z Takanini opens its doors

What will become one of the country’s most visible Kiwi brands is now in business. Z Energy this morning opened its third Z-branded service station, Z Takanini, located at 166 Great South Road.

The opening of the site is the latest in a 10 site pilot programme and follows close on the heels of the opening of the first ever Z service station in Greenlane, Auckland and subsequent station, Z Skyway.

Z is jointly owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Kiwi company Infratil. The decision to replace the Shell logo with a new brand that reflects the local ownership of the business was developed following one of the largest pieces of customer research into what Kiwi consumers want in a locally owned service station.

“As Z Energy, we can now bring our customers a new retail offer under a brand that is all about New Zealand,” said Z CEO Mike Bennetts.

Mike said the most immediate and visible change will be one of the largest rebranding exercises in recent New Zealand history, but changing the colours and the brand is only a part of the story.

“The Z brand will provide a visual point of difference and our customers will know they’re supporting a Kiwi company when they shop with us. More importantly, our new look stores will provide customers with a completely overhauled and significantly improved offer,” Mike said.

With the Z brand we have redesigned our stores and our offer around what people told us they want - we have made a commitment to forecourt service and we will be offering café quality food and coffee.

So what will the first Z customers see and experience?

“People told us that they want to get in, get world-class fuel, good coffee and fresh café-quality food and be on their way quickly. They want dedicated forecourt service to be there for people that want it and they want clean, modern restrooms.

“We’ll deliver all of these things under the Z brand and we’re going to support New Zealand businesses along the way – for example our new pies are produced in the Hawke’s Bay, and our cupcakes are made by Laurel Watson in Auckland.”

Mike said that, perhaps above all else, customers wanted Z to contribute to the New Zealand economy and to things that matter in our local communities.

“So, while the profits from the Z business will be kept in New Zealand and go towards meeting the costs of superannuation, we will also be investing directly in the things that matter locally,” he said.

“With every Z site that we open, we will be donating $5,000 to community organisations, with customers able to vote from four local community organisations. For the Takanini site, this $5,000 will be allocated, according to customer votes between Lions Papakura, Hospice South Auckland, South Auckland Christian Food Bank and Safer Papakura. Across 220 retail sites, this represents an initial investment in community-based groups and activities of more than $1 million.

“Today is a milestone in the unveiling of the new Z brand, but a brand and a logo is the tip of an iceberg. We want Z to be a world-class Kiwi company and we want to be judged upon what we deliver and how we go about it.

“We reckon customers deserve better than what they’ve had up until now. Customers are ready for a change and the feedback we have had from Greenlane and Skyway so far says we are on the right track,” said Mike.

The other Z pilot stations are: Greenlane and Skyway, Auckland; Shirley and Linwood, Christchurch; Waiouru; Harbour City and Mana, Wellington; Turangi; and Putaruru.

17/06/2011 - General News

Z completes donation of 68 laptops to Christchurch

Z Energy has completed the donation of 68 laptops to community organisations, charities and individuals in need in the city of Christchurch.

Z is the New Zealand company which owns and operates the Shell-branded fuel business in New Zealand.

Following an IT upgrade, Z refurbished and relicensed 68 laptops and gave them away through the company’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/zenergynz.

“As a Kiwi company we wanted to make a difference in Christchurch and ensure these computers were able to be used for things that really mattered,” said Z’s Manager of Business Technology and Transformation, David Scott.

 

“We were delighted with the response and were pleased to see these computers go to a wide range of organisations and individuals that really needed them.”

A number of laptops were donated to individuals who were struggling in the aftermath of the February earthquake, including students, solo parents and families with sick children. The following are just some of the organisations that benefited from receiving one or more refurbished laptops:

The Wilding Foundation, Christchurch Music Theatre Education Trust and Christchurch Operatic Inc, Alzheimers Canterbury, START Inc Christchurch, Canteen, CCF, YMCAChristchurch, Christchurch Air Cadet Unit, Little Explorers Preschool, Arise Church, Hippos in Heaven Support Group, Papanui Heritage Group, Training Ship Cornwell, Keep Christchurch Beautiful, Heathcote Cricket Club.

 

 

14/06/2011 - General News

Z Energy’s Christchurch operations – Tuesday update

Z Energy – the New Zealand company that owns and operates the Shell-branded retail network – said fuel deliveries were continuing into Christchurch and stock levels remained healthy.

As occurred following the February quake, demand yesterday was very strong and some sites will experience temporary outages of some grades of fuel while awaiting further deliveries.

The Lyttelton fuel terminal is closed today to allow inspections to be completed and fuel is being delivered from Z’s fuel terminal at Timaru and from Nelson.

Z CEO Mike Bennetts said residents need not be concerned about fuel supplies. 

“As we saw following the February quake there has been a spike in demand and we’re working to catch up on that. There is a strong fuel position in Christchurch and in the rest of the South Island and there is no need for people to be concerned about the city’s fuel position.”

All but one of the company’s 24 retail sites that were operational before this quake are up and running, with the remaining site due to return to service tomorrow.

13/06/2011 - General News

Z Energy’s Christchurch operations

Z Energy – the New Zealand company that owns and operates the Shell-branded retail network – said that its fuel stock position in the Christchurch region and across the South Island is strong, and there is no need for concern around fuel supply.

There has been some damage to retail operations, but the vast majority of retail sites (19 out of 24) are still operating and more will become available when power is restored and initial inspections complete.

The integrity of the company’s bulk storage tanks at Lyttelton appears intact, with no leakage or visible damage. The terminal was temporarily closed this afternoon and detailed inspections will begin tomorrow.

 Fuel stock positions are strong at the moment in Christchurch, and Z also has bulk tankage at the Port of Timaru and Nelson that can be accessed to supply fuel to Christchurch when required.

 Consumers should not be concerned about fuel supply to the city.

13/06/2011 - General News

Z Skyway – a New Zealand company at the gateway to New Zealand

What will become one of the country’s most visible Kiwi brands is now in business. Z Energy has this morning opened its second Z-branded service station, Z Skyway. This follows close on the heels of the opening of the first ever Z service station in Greenlane, Auckland, on 3 June,

Located near the airport on the corner of Tom Pearce Drive and George Bolt Memorial Drive, Z Skyway was officially opened this morning by local MP for Mangere, Su’a William Sio.

The decision to replace the Shell logo with a new brand that reflects the local ownership of the business was developed following one of the largest pieces of customer research into what Kiwi consumers want in a locally owned service station.

“Today, a year after Infratil and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund invested $700 million in buying the Shell business, we can now offer our customers a new retail offer under a brand that is all about New Zealand,” said Z CEO Mike Bennetts.

Mike said the most immediate and visible change will be one of the largest rebranding exercises in recent New Zealand history, but changing the colours and the brand is only a part of the story.

“The Z brand will provide a visual point of difference and our customers will know they’re supporting a Kiwi company when they shop with us. More importantly, our new look stores will provide customers with a completely overhauled and significantly improved offer,” Mike said.

With the Z brand we have redesigned our stores and our offer around what people told us they want - we have made a commitment to forecourt service and we will be offering café quality food and coffee.

So what will the first Z customers see and experience?

“People told us that they want to get in, get world-class fuel, good coffee and fresh café- quality food and be on their way quickly. They want dedicated forecourt service to be there for people that want it and they want clean, modern restrooms.

“We’ll deliver all of these things under the Z brand and we’re going to support New Zealand businesses along the way – for example our new pies are produced in the Hawke’s Bay, and our cupcakes are made by Laurel Watson in Auckland.”

Mike said that, perhaps above all else, customers wanted Z to contribute to the New Zealand economy and to things that matter in our local communities.

“So, while the profits from the Z business will be kept in New Zealand and go towards meeting the costs of superannuation, we will also be investing directly in the things that matter locally,” he said.

 “With every Z site that we open, we will be donating $5,000 to community organisations, with customers able to vote for four local community organisations. For the Skyway site, this $5,000 will be allocated, according to customer votes between SPCA Mangere, Camellia House Inc (Women's Refuge Manurewa), Manukau Rugby Club and Mangere Plunket Clinic. Across 220 retail sites, this represents an initial investment in community- based groups and activities of more than $1 million.

 “Today is a milestone in the unveiling of the new Z brand, but a brand and a logo is the tip of an iceberg. We want Z to be a world-class Kiwi company and we want to be judged upon what we deliver and how we go about it.

 “We reckon customers deserve better than what they’ve had up until now, customers are ready for a change and the feedback we have had from Greenlane in its first week says we are on the right track,” said Mike. 

The other Z pilot stations are: Greenlane and Takanini, Auckland; Shirley and Linwood, Christchurch; Waiouru; Harbour City and Mana, Wellington; Turangi; and Putaruru.

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