Community

Where we stand on Community

We stand for a resilient and healthy Aotearoa New Zealand that empowers our youth, neighbourhoods, and Z whānau.

Some call this corporate social responsibility; at Z we simply call it Community.

Investing in local New Zealand, in our communities, makes sense to us. It’s where our people, customers, suppliers, terminals, service stations and truck stops are. It’s where our distribution networks link to – from motorways to country roads, everywhere from Kaitaia to Bluff.

Helping our communities is 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.

So... What does this look like in action?

We’ve got your back

Consistent with our Z values and diversity of our Z whanau, we want to be able to provide a safe work environment for all New Zealanders, no matter who they or where they come from. Through this we can and will create a better workspace where no one feels isolated or excluded.

A recent health and safety survey showed that 62% of our service station staff feel like verbal abuse (including racial, religious, or sexual references) on site is treated seriously “to a great extent” by Z and their Retailers, and 22% “to a moderate extent”. While it is fantastic news, as it shows most retailers doing an amazing job in this space, it still shows there is 16% (the equivalent of hundreds of people) who do not feel this support. We believe we can do better.

Powering up the future generation

Using our values, people, scale and networks, we want to lift the potential of young people by building their capability, confidence and career choices.

Some of the things we’re focussed on:

  • Partnering with organisations who work directly with Kiwi kids to teach life, education and health skills
  • Provide internship opportunities for young people looking to gain real-world experience
  • Providing a workplace that empowers Z whānau to act as mentors or role models within their own whānau or community groups

Doing (more) good in our hoods

Our flagship Community programme, Good in the Hood (GITH), has run for the past seven years; in this time, we’ve donated over $7 million to local charities and organisations doing great things in their local neighbourhoods right across New Zealand. 

Z has made the hard decision to cancel the 2020 Good in the Hood programme and refocus to 2021 as we look to understand how best to support communities in a COVID-19 world. While we understand that this may disappoint some previous GITH community groups recipients, Z remains committed to supporting the wider NZ community and is not standing on the side lines.

More than ever we realise that the needs of our communities may differ from mere months ago and we want to ensure that whatever we do, it is right for right now.

So far this year Z has provided a months’ free fuel to St John and the Wellington Free Ambulance along with supporting the Student Volunteer Army to provide meals to those unable to leave their home during lockdown, and most recently donations to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, helping those in need, and our work in keeping our communities safe through the Anti-racism pledge.

Z is also continuing our support of the Graeme Dingle Foundation’s Career Navigator programme, in service of empowering young people to realise their full potential. As an organisation, we also continue to provide all Z Staff two paid volunteer days each year and encourage community groups that may require assistance through people power to contact us to see if we can help.

We now focus towards the 2021 Good in the Hood programme where we’ll be looking at how best we can assist our communities as we all face new challenges.

On the go at the mo

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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Frequently asked questions

  • How do I get help from Z volunteers?

    If your community organisations could use a helping hand from Z corporate staff in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland (or virtually from anywhere), email neighbourhoods@z.co.nz or find out more here.

  • How can I apply for sponsorship from Z?

    Our local Z stations have funding set aside to support local community initiatives and events throughout the year. You can find your local Z site using the store locator and get in touch to see if they’re able to support you. If you need more information or another type of support, email neighbourhoods@z.co.nz.

  • How do I apply for Good in the Hood?

    We've made the hard decision to cancel the 2020 Good in the Hood programme and refocus to 2021 as we look to understand how best to support communities in a COVID-19 world. ​Enter your email address here and we’ll send you a message to let you know when applications open for the next round of Good in the Hood.