‘Z’ get­ting in­volved

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Mana Es­planade’s new ‘‘Z’’ petrol sta­tion is serv­ing the com­mu­nity in more ways than one.

The sta­tion, for­merly branded Shell, opened with its new iden­tity on Fri­day morn­ing, at a cer­e­mony at­tended by 50 com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Z En­ergy boasts it is run by Ki­wis for Ki­wis. The com­pany is jointly owned by the New Zealand Su­per­an­nu­a­tion Fund and Kiwi com­pany In­fratil.

Aside from bol­ster­ing Ki­wis’ pen­sion funds, Z is get­ting be­hind the com­mu­nity by of­fer­ing $5000 to lo­cal char­i­ties.

For the next month, Z Mana cus­tomers can vote for their favourite of four char­i­ties: Friends of Mana Is­land, Bel­ly­ful, Mary Pot­ter Hospice Porirua and Mana Vol­un­teer Coast­guard.

The $5000 will be split among the char­i­ties ac­cord­ing to how many votes each group gets.

Friends of Mana Is­land’s Brian Paget says his group would use the money to re-home shore plovers that have lost their way in rough win­ter weather. Mary Pot­ter Hospice oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist Linda Miller says her group needs funds to set up a new day base for ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients on Prosser St.

Bel­ly­ful and the Coast­guard will use the funds to con­tinue their reg­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, which for the coast­guard are ‘‘24/7’’ and en­tirely com­mu­nity funded, skip­per Roger Waite says.

Sta­tion owner Ras Singh cleared up a ques­tion on ev­ery­body’s lips at the cer­e­mony: it’s pro­nounced ‘‘ zed’’, not ‘‘zee’’.

Angling for votes: Mana Vol­un­teer Coast­guard is one of four lo­cal char­i­ties vy­ing for a $5000 grant from new petrol sta­tion ‘‘Z’’ at Mana. The coast­guard re­lies en­tirely on char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions to fund its life­sav­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, says skip­per Roger Waite, far right.

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