Community

Where we stand on Community

At Z, we stand for a resilient and healthy Aotearoa New Zealand that empowers our youth, neighborhoods, and Z whanau.

Some call this corporate social responsibility, but at Z we simply call it community.

It’s where Z’s people live, learn, move around and play; where we’ve chosen to invest; where our customers, suppliers, terminals, service stations and truck stops are, and our distribution networks in between—from big cities to country roads, from the Far North to Bluff.

It’s lots of big and little communities—neighbourhoods, ethnic groups, age groups and interest groups—and one really big and diverse community: NZ and all NZers.

With such a diverse community, we make sure we understand how we’re involved with and impact them, what matters most for them and us, and how we can contribute in the most positive and effective ways.

It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly. When you’re part of a community, you look out for it. It’s the Kiwi way, and we’re a Kiwi company. Besides, without community, we simply wouldn’t be here.

What this stand looks like in action is focused in two areas: what we can continue to get after now, and where we can make the most material shift longer-term.

Doing good in our hoods

We have leveraged our scale, network, people and values to make a material difference to the lives of New Zealanders. We’re able to demonstrate this in 2020 by:

 

  • The communities that Z and Caltex operate in are measurably more resilient, in ways that are meaningful to the local community. 
  • We are a workplace for personal and professional growth through empowering Z whanau to grow, succeed and give back to their communities. 
  • We have delivered distinctive local economic and social benefits through leveraging our retail network, and improved business processes.
  • The health and wellbeing of our customers and crew is improved by the diverse alternatives we offer through our stores.
  • We have leaned into and leveraged our potential to galvanise and partner for improved social sustainability and more resilient communities.  

Powering up the future generation 

We dramatically lift the potential of young people by building their capability, confidence and career choices. We’re able to demonstrate this in 2020 by:

  • We provided career pathways and tangible outcomes that measurably enhanced the potential of disadvantaged young people. 
  • We facilitated opportunities for education and the development of life skills so young people were better able to make powerful choices. 
  • The future generation had a say in the choices we make for the future of our company and its impact within Aotearoa New Zealand.

On the go at the mo

Defibs at every Z

Defibs at every Z

We've installed defibrillators at Z sites across NZ which are available to anyone in the community to use. About 70 percent of sites are open 24/7 & can be taken off-site if needed.

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Meet Gareth | Skilled volunteer

Meet Gareth | Skilled volunteer

Meet Gareth. A Z skilled volunteer who combined his two passions, bikes and helping people.

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Powering youth potential

Powering youth potential

Z is partnering with Minded to help young people understand themselves, plan their future and get job ready.

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Skilled Volunteering

Skilled Volunteering

Our skilled volunteering programme gives our people time to volunteer for the benefit of an organisation they want to help — it's all about sharing skills that the community needs.

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Community News

Z’s hives help employment, bees and local kids

The effort to save the humble honey bee is getting a boost in Wellington, with 35 new beehives being delivered around the region this month – ten of which have been funded by Z.

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Z Awakeri community volunteer day

The team from Z Awakeri service station, in Whakatane, recently spent a volunteer day supporting local community initiative, The Clothing Project.

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Good in the Hood extends funding to environmental groups

A good community can’t exist without a good environment, so Z is extending Good in the Hood funding to groups working hard to keep our neighbourhoods clean, green and beautiful.

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From forecourt to tertiary graduates

Z first ever scholarship recipients are graduating today with bachelor degrees, as Z works to help front-line staff have options for careers beyond the forecourt.

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Frequently asked questions

  • How do I apply for Good in the Hood?

    Good in the Hood applications open for the month of February. To apply online, head here.

  • How do I apply to receive skilled volunteering?

    Z’s skilled volunteering programme is simple — it gives our people time to share their skills for the benefit of an organisation they want to help. If you need a helping hand, email skilledvolunteering@z.co.nz or head here for more information.

  • How can I apply for sponsorship from Z?

    We’re committed to supporting the things that matter locally and to making a positive contribution right across New Zealand. We do this through our Good in the Hood programme. Every year we give away more than $1 million to community projects all over the country. Our local Z stations have some extra funding set aside to support local community initiatives and events throughout the year too. You can find your local Z site using the store locator and get in touch to see if they’re able to support you.