‘Z’ getting involved
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.