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Community groups to share in $1 million with Z

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TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016

Community groups to share in $1 million with Z’s Good in the Hood


More than 800 local community groups across New Zealand will get a share of more than $1 million thanks to Z’s Good in the Hood.


In its fifth consecutive year, the 2016 Good in the Hood finalists were selected from more than 4,000 applications, with the decision around which groups would be successful this year proving just as challenging as in previous years.

“As a Kiwi company, our customers expect us to give back to local neighbourhoods, to support the things that matter locally and to make a positive contribution right across New Zealand, and that’s important to us too” said Z’s Community Manager, Christine Langdon.

“We received more than 4,000 Good in the Hood applications this year – and these are really deserving local groups, both big and small, who are making a real difference in their communities, so having to narrow it down to only four groups per station was difficult.”

In the ultimate show of keeping it local, each of the successful groups will be up for a share of the $4,000 up for grabs at each of the 213 Z sites across New Zealand.

Z customers will have the opportunity to decide how the $4,000 is divided between the four local groups at each site by voting with an orange token each time they visit Z during the month of May.

“We don’t think it’s right for some staff at ‘head office’ to make decisions about what matters most to the many diverse communities we have here in New Zealand,” Christine said.

“We know our local Z service stations’ teams and their customers are best placed to be making those decisions, and that’s why we leave the voting up to them.”

In addition to the $4,000 available per Z site, an extra $1,000 will be given to each local Z station to use throughout the year, supporting other neighbourhood projects and initiatives as they choose.

To find out which groups your local Z station is supporting, visit http://z.co.nz/about-z/find-us/.

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