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Z fuels expedition to protect a very special part of New Zealand’s history

22/08/2016 - General News

Sheena Thomas

Z is proud to be fuelling an epic voyage to protect a very special part of New Zealand’s history.

The Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Expedition South will drive three tractors from Piha to Mt Cook – the distance Sir Ed drove from Scott Base to the South Pole nearly 60 years ago during his famed ‘Dash to the Pole’.

Two of these tractors are the same Ferguson TE-20 model tractors that Sir Ed and his team had, the other a new Massey Ferguson MF5600 called “Antarctica 2”.

The trip is raising funds to conserve Sir Edmund Hillary’s original hut in Scott Base (Hut A), which his team built before their trip to the South Pole. It also aims to help re-connect Kiwis with the story of Hillary, Antarctica and the spirit of exploration.

Z Energy is helping to fuel the expedition by providing the diesel for Antarctica 2’s 2,012 km journey as well as contributing funds to support the preservation of Hut A.

Z’s Sustainability Manager, Emily Watt, said that when the Kiwi company heard of the planned trip, it had leapt at the chance to be involved.

“Antarctica is a very special place worth preserving, and for Kiwis, Sir Ed’s original hut at Scott Base is particularly important.

Executive Director or the Antarctic Heritage Trust, Nigel Watson, said that the Trust were excited to have Z come on board to fuel the journey.

“We’re very happy to have Z fuelling this journey and helping to raise awareness of this precious part of New Zealand’s Antarctic heritage.

“Z is a New Zealand company with a compelling story that shows how successful Kiwis can be in business dominated by global giants. They stand out – just like Sir Ed did.

“We’re delighted to have them on-board,” said Nigel.  

Emily said that the project was particularly important to Z because Antarctica is so vulnerable to climate change.

“It’s somewhat of a barometer for the health of the rest of the planet, so it’s especially important that New Zealand is able to continue our research work at Scott Base,” said Emily.

Emily said Z was committed to helping New Zealand play its part in mitigating the effects of climate change, through both running Z’s business as sustainably as it can, as well as providing Kiwis with ways to reduce their own emissions.

“In just a few months, the Massey Ferguson tractor, as well as trucks, cars and other diesel vehicles throughout the upper North Island will have the option of reducing their carbon footprint by fuelling up with Z’s new lower carbon diesel – Z Bio D – a locally manufactured, sustainable biodiesel blend made from local, sustainable feedstock.

“Our development of Z Bio D and our support of this epic voyage are all part of Z’s commitment to helping ensure places like Hut A and Scott Base in Antarctica are around for future generations to appreciate.

“If you see these tractors filling up at Z, we’d encourage you to consider giving a fiver (yes the one with Sir Ed on it!) or any other amount you’re comfortable with to save a slice of our history,” said Emily.  

More information on Expedition South can be found here: www.expeditionsouth.nz