Local voting for Z’s Good in the Hood programme is over and the results will soon be tallied to decide how $1m will be divided between community groups across New Zealand.
More than 500 community groups doing good in neighbourhoods across New Zealand were selected from thousands of applications, and Z customers were asked to vote for their favourite groups throughout March.
Out of thousands of groups that applied to be part of Good in the Hood, every Z station in New Zealand selected four neighbourhood groups to support. These groups will receive a share of the $4000 allocated to each of Z’s 212 stations based on how the Z stations’ customers voted.
Customers making purchases (excluding tobacco only purchases) at Z stations during March were given an orange token and invited to vote for the group they wished to support.
The votes are now being tallied and the cheques will be presented to each of the groups in neighbourhoods across New Zealand over the next few weeks.
Customers could also go online to collect virtual tokens and vote via Z’s online Token Hunt – the 10 groups that received the most online votes through Token Hunt will be receiving even more funding.
It is not all over for local groups, as a further $1000 per Z station has been set aside for Z’s local retailers to support other neighbourhood projects as they arise through the remainder of the year. Voting is also continuing at the Z Epsom and Z Stadium sites, which opened mid-way through March.
Z’s General Manager of Retail, Mark Forsyth, said Good in the Hood was all about local communities deciding where funding should go.
He said Z was impressed by the calibre of applications received for Good in the Hood.
“These groups are doing amazing work in their local neighbourhoods and we are humbled by the passion and commitment they demonstrate.
“These groups have a firm focus on helping people, and as a Kiwi company we want to help them make a difference for New Zealanders.
“We would like to thank all of our customers who took the time to vote at our Z stations or online – your vote has made a real difference,” Mark said.
You’ll be able to see how much funding the groups in your neighbourhood each received by visiting your local Z station later this month. Final results for all sites will also be available at z.co.nz from early May.