Call for a service station boycott
A Facebook campaign calling on motorists to take a stand against the petrol industry and the Government over petrol prices by boycotting every petrol stations in the country on Friday, October 26, was launched last week.
At last report more than 6500 people had committed to the boycott, with 10,000 more showing interest.
“It’s time for the people of New Zealand to take a stand against our petrol industry in New Zealand,” the event creator wrote, adding that petrol price increases were affecting everyone around the country, and the impact was expected to be felt long term.
The boycott organisers were pointing the finger at the Government, saying price increases were unjustified, and the Government and the big oil companies both had the power to do something about them.
“This [boycott] is about standing united against these unjustified increases,” they said.
“Many have suggested this is not enough, but it is a start, and with over 10K interested it will make an impact. If you are able to, may you also consider refraining from entering a petrol station all of the weekend (October 27-28). But definitely no petrol on the event date.”
Others suggested specifically boycotting Z Energy, whose shareholders include the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, for a week from last Sunday, in a bid to reduce the company’s reported $263 million profit.
On October 1 petrol prices nationwide rose by 3.5 cents a litre, GST taking the increase to 4c a litre, courtesy of an increase in the fuel excise tax. Transport Minister Phil Twyford has flagged increases of between three and four cents per litre over each of the next three years to fund transport plans including light rail from Auckland’s CBD to the airport, according to information obtained by the NZ Herald under the Official Information Act in June.
The price of 91 octane in Kaitaia yesterday ranged from 242.9 to 246.9 cents. All three Kerikeri service stations were selling it at 233.9.
BP was selling 91 octane more cheaply in Kerikeri than in Kaitaia yesterday, although 11 cents might not mollify too many motorists.