05/09/2011 - General News
Four local Wellington community organisations today received a welcome boost from Z Energy.
On 8 July Z Energy opened the first Z in the Capital City, right in the Wellington central business district. At each Z pilot site, Z Energy has celebrated the opening by inviting customers to vote for their preferred local charity when they filled up at the new Z branded service stations.
Z has replaced the Shell logo to better reflect its local ownership, but more importantly to provide a new kiwi service experience and offering designed to meet what Kiwis said they wanted from a New Zealand service station.
“Not only are the profits from the Z business being kept in New Zealand and going towards meeting the costs of superannuation, we are also supporting New Zealand businesses in our offering, by buying locally as much as possible. Finally and most importantly we also want to support our local communities.
“We wanted to do that from day one – so at the opening of each Z site we have committed $5000 to go to local community organisations as part of our opening celebrations.
“Our customers have been able to cast a vote for one of four local community organisations that were selected by our local staff,” said Mike Bennetts, CEO of Z Energy.
Each customer who filled up at Z Harbour City got a token to vote for their favourite group and the $5000 has been split according to the percentage of votes each community group received.
Mike said: “We’re a Kiwi company operated locally so inviting locals to choose the charities that matter most to them is a reflection of what matters to us – local operations 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, and the feedback they have been giving us on what they like about our new service stations, what we could do better, and some ideas of their own.”
The votes are now in and the highest number of votes went to Wellington Free Ambulance, followed by Downtown Community Ministry Foodbank, Plunket Wellington and Eastern Rocks Community Patrol.
“Wellington Free Ambulance is a highly visible organisation in the Wellington community. The outcome of the votes reflects the high regard and gratitude our customers have for this fantastic organisation,” Mike Bennetts said.
As with all Z service stations, the site is operated by locals. In the case of Harbour City, the local operators are Greg and Murray Young.
At Z Harbour City, our customers voted for the $5000 to be divided in the following way:
Wellington Free Ambulance
Downtown Community Ministry Foodbank
Eastern Rocks Community Patrol