Call for a ser­vice sta­tion boy­cott

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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