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Vote for your favourite neighbourhood group at your local Z

21/02/2013 - General News

Sheena Thomas

Over 600 groups doing good in neighbourhoods across New Zealand have now been selected to be part of Z’s ‘Good in the Hood’ programme and customers can start voting for their favourite groups from 1 March.

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

Every customer making a purchase (excluding cigarette only purchases) at a Z station between 1 – 31 March 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 presented.

Customers can also vote online via z.co.nz/GoodintheHood as the selected groups will receive an extra $500 each if they’re one of the ten groups nationwide who receive the most votes in Z’s online Token Hunt. 

Z’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said that the amount of funding each of the 600 groups receive will be determined by Z’s customers.  

“We want our 210 Z service 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.

Mark also said Z was impressed by the calibre of applications received for the programme.    

“We were overwhelmed by the passion and commitment demonstrated by many of these groups and the amazing work they’re doing in local neighbourhoods.”

“Their unwavering focus on helping people despite limited funding being available in these tough economic times is inspiring. The least we can do as a Kiwi company is to give some of these groups the support they need to make a difference for New Zealand.”

“We think that ‘Good in the Hood’ will make a real difference in neighbourhoods across New Zealand. It’s one way we’re choosing to live our brand promise that Z really is for New Zealand,” said Mark.

A list of all the neighbourhood groups selected nationwide can be found here.