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Vote for your favourite neighbourhood group in May 2015

09/04/2015 - General News

Sheena Thoma

Over 500 groups doing good in neighbourhoods across New Zealand have been selected to be part of Z’s ‘Good in the Hood’ programme in May.

Through this programme, Z will contribute over $1 million to neighbourhood groups and projects that matter the most to its customers.

Every Z service station in New Zealand will be supporting four neighbourhood groups each. These groups will receive a share of $4,000 per station based on the voting of Z customers. A further $1,000 per station has also been set aside for Z’s local retailers to support other neighbourhood projects and initiatives throughout the year.

Every customer making a purchase (excluding tobacco only purchases) at a Z station between 1 – 31 May will be given an orange token and invited to physically vote for the organisation they wish to support.

From that point, the votes will be tallied, the results will be announced and the cheques will be presented.

Z’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said that the amount of funding each of the groups receive will be determined by Z’s customers.  

“We want our 210 Z stations to be at the heart of their neighbourhoods so we’re going for a truly local approach which will ultimately be determined by our customers,” said Mark.

“The passion and commitment demonstrated by many of these groups and the amazing work they’re doing in local neighbourhoods is inspiring.”

“The least we can do as a Kiwi company is to give some of these groups the support they need to continue making a difference for New Zealand,” said Mark.

This year, on top of the $5,000 per site, Z will also put up an extra $250,000 nationally to help supercharge 2015 for up to 25 of these locally-selected groups.

Local customers and Z staff will help to decide how that $250,000 is distributed amongst the groups, and one of the ways that groups can be in with a chance is to poll the highest at a Z site in May.

All groups that have applied to be part of Good in the Hood 2015 will have a chance to share in the extra $250,000.

A list of all the neighbourhood groups selected nationwide are listed on the Good in the Hood section of z.co.nz.