04/04/2016 - General News
More than 800 local community groups across New Zealand will get the support they deserve this year with their share of more than $1 million thanks to Z’s Good in the Hood.
In its fifth consecutive year, the 2016 Good in the Hood finalists were selected from more than 4,000 applications, with the decision around which groups would be successful this year proving just as challenging as in previous years.
“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,” said Z’s Community Manager, Christine Langdon.
“We received more than 4,000 Good in the Hood applications this year – and these are all really deserving local groups, both big and small, who are making a real difference in their communities, so having to narrow it down to only four groups per station proved quite difficult.”
In the ultimate show of keeping it local, each of the successful groups will now be up for their share of the $4,000 up for grabs at each of the 213 Z sites across New Zealand.
Z customers will have the opportunity to decide how much each group gets by voting with an orange token each time they visit Z during the month of May.
“We reckon it doesn’t seem right for a bunch Z employees to make decisions about what matters most to the many diverse communities we have here in New Zealand,” Christine said.
“At the end of the day, we know our local Z service stations teams and their customers are best placed to be making those decisions, and that’s why we leave the voting up to them.”
In addition to the $4,000 available per Z site, an extra $1,000 will be given to each local Z retailer to use throughout the year, supporting other neighbourhood projects and initiatives as they see fit.
To view the full list of this year’s groups, visit www.z.co.nz/GoodintheHood.