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It is some­thing to think on that a lead­ing busi­ness­man in this coun­try can stoop to tak­ing a swipe (via Have a Say) at our lo­cally duly elected Dis­tricts’ Mayor in the man­ner that he did. One would hope, that a busi­ness­man who ob­vi­ously has con­sid­er­able fi­nan­cial and busi­ness acu­men (clout) could find some other way of try­ing to en­list the lo­cal pop­u­la­tions’ sup­port for the com­pany (he leads), to es­tab­lish a branch of their busi­ness in this town.

I’m sure that the ma­jor­ity of lo­cals will take ad­van­tage of any re­duc­tions in fuel prices that may oc­cur from the pos­si­ble com­pe­ti­tion brought about by having an­other fuel re­tailer in a very prom­i­nent po­si­tion.

I am also sure that again the ma­jor­ity of the lo­cals will see that the lead­ing rea­son that Gull is in­vest­ing here has only one main aim, that is, to in­crease com­pany prof­its. In short they are af­ter your money, which you can be cer­tain wont stay lo­cal.

I have always be­lieved that the best way that lo­cal district coun­cils can use the rates (their op­er­at­ing rev­enue) that they gar­ner from lo­cal prop­erty own­ers and res­i­dents is to use those earn­ings for the bet­ter­ment of the district they gov­ern. We as res­i­dents have the cure in our own hands, if that, ob­vi­ously, is not

be­ing done. John C Sim­cock,

Toko­roa

When this comes into op­er­a­tion who is go­ing to keep it clean and tidy as other ser­vice sta­tions do? There is no men­tion of Gull em­ploy­ing some­body. If this is not done it will be left to the coun­cil and ul­ti­mately the ratepayer to foot the bill. Can Gull New Zealand ex­plain the point of de­mol­ish­ing one eye­sore to re­place it with an­other one?

H Lodge, Toko­roa. RE­SPONSE, Dave Bodger (Abridged): All Gull Drive Thru (un­manned) out­lets in­clud­ing our site to be built in Toko­roa are ser­viced daily, whether the per­son who does that is from Toko­roa or not is yet to be de­ter­mined. It will be in the best method for Gull so we can re­duce our costs and save the mo­torist as much as pos­si­ble. The ratepayer will not be required to clean our site any more than they would a cafe, a car yard or an­other ser­vice sta­tion. This de­tail was well cov­ered in dis­cus­sion with the coun­cil. In ad­di­tion to daily ser­vic­ing, for the first 6 weeks of open­ing, we will have a Gull Am­bas­sador on site dur­ing the day to as­sist cus­tomers with work­ing the pay­ment ter­mi­nals. It is highly likely that this job will be filled by Toko­roa res­i­dents.

At Gull Toko­roa we will sell three grades of fuel. Gull Reg­u­lar (91 oc­tane petrol) Gull Force 10 (98 oc­tane petrol) and Gull Ul­tra Low Sul­phur Diesel.

Gull Reg­u­lar meets the ex­act same prod­uct qual­ity re­quire­ments (set by gov­ern­ment) as all reg­u­lar grade petrol sold in New Zealand. Th­ese reg­u­la­tions are set to en­sure the mo­torist gets an even grade of fuel and that the fuel is a good fit for the en­gines in use across the coun­try.

Both Gull Reg­u­lar and Diesel pro­vide very sim­i­lar per­for­mance to any other fuel meet­ing the same cri­te­ria sold by any other brand in New Zealand.

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