To those supporting flood victims, thank you
Community February 3, 2023
Z Energy (Z) would like to recognise and thank all the local charity and community groups, along with those individuals, who are doing the mahi to support flood victims in New Zealand’s upper North Island.
The extreme weather events in the Auckland and Northland regions over the past week have had a significant impact on many New Zealanders, including Z’s own people, customers and the communities we serve.
“Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by this event and the road to recovery they face. The destruction is heartbreaking, but once again we are encouraged that in these tough times people come together to support each other.” says Abbie Bull, Z’s Head of Sustainability and Community.
Z recognises there are many community groups and charities hard at work to provide support to those in need across the regions which is why Z’s contributing more than $50,000 across three organisations.
Recognising the groups supporting their local communities is important to Z. It is why the company started their Good in the Hood initiative in 2013, which has seen over $9 million donated to local charity and community groups over the years.
“We’re aware some groups who’ve been involved in Good in the Hood in the past are under additional pressure to respond to these recent events – and we wanted to play our part in helping them help others.
“Visionwest Waka Whakakitenga have been doing an amazing job to provide immediate relief to families in need. The essential items they’re making available will help keep families safe and warm while also helping replenish basic items.
“The Student Volunteer Army are also gearing up to help with the clean up once it is safe to do so.
“In addition, we know that many families impacted by the floods may struggle with fuel expenses. Trying to manage the impacts of the floods while supporting children returning to school is tough for many – therefore we’ve provided fuel vouchers to Hapai Te Hauora to help meet this need.
“Z operates in the communities these groups are helping. We can provide funding to support the efforts of these grassroots charities who are best placed to reach flood victims in most need. It’s a small act from Z to assist groups who are making a big impact on the ground,” continues Abbie.
Notes to the editor:
- $30,000 has been donated to Visionwest Waka Whakakitenga to support replenishing their stock of essential supplies.
- $5,000 has been donated to the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) to help mobilise volunteers for the clean-up once it is safe to do so.
- $20,000 worth of fuel vouchers has been donated to Hapai Te Hauora to support families impacted by the floods.