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Local charities benefit from new Kiwi service station

26/11/2010 - General News

Sheena Thomas

Greenstone Energy last month invited Bay of Plenty locals to vote for their preferred charity when they filled up at the new $3 million Shell-branded service station in Bethlehem.

Greenstone donated one cent per litre for all fuel sold at the new site for the first month of operation to five local charities, based on the number of customer votes they received.

An overwhelming number of votes were received from the local community. As a result, Greenstone will donate a total of $7200 to the five Bay of Plenty based charities. The highest number of votes was received by Waipuna Hospice, who will be receiving over $4000 of the total donation.

Greenstone is the New Zealand-owned company which now owns and operates the retail and distribution assets acquired from Shell.

Greenstone’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, appreciated the support of the Bay of Plenty community and said the opening of the Bethlehem site reinforced Greenstone’s commitment to investing in New Zealand.


“We’re a Kiwi owned and operated company and our profits are retained in New Zealand. What’s more, inviting locals to choose the charities that matter most to them is a reflection of what matters to us – local ownership benefiting local people,” he said. “We really appreciate the support the local community has shown in visiting our site and voting for their preferred charity.”

The new service station trades under the Shell brand and sells quality Shell fuels. As with all Shell-branded service stations, the site is operated by locals. In the case of Bethlehem, the local operators are Dave and Lynette Gillies who operate 11 other Greenstone sites across the Bay of Plenty.

  • Waipuna Hospital - 56%
  • Volunteer Fire Service Omokoroa -18%
  • Homes of Hope -12%
  • Bethlehem Foundation - 8%
  • Lions of Bethlehem / Te Puna - 5%