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 leverage our scale, network, people and values to make a material difference to the lives of New Zealanders, such as:

  • Delivering local economic and social benefits through our retail network, and improved business processes
  • Improving the health and well-being of our customers and crew by the diverse alternatives we offer through our stores.


The newest addition to our community stands is We’ve got your back (WGYB).

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.

  • Providing a workplace that empowers Z whānau to grow, succeed and give back to their communities.

Doing (more) good in our hoods

Our flagship Community programme, Good in the Hood, has been running 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.

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



A recent HSSE survey showed that 62% of our retail site 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. #Wecandobetter 

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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Frequently asked questions

  • How do I apply for Good in the Hood?

    Good in the Hood applications open for one month each year. For more information and to register your interest, 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 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.