Good in the Hood gets underway

ALL GOOD: (Left to right) Kennerley Retail Investments community champion Melanie Kennerley, Hunua MP Andrew Bayly and Melanie’s husband Wayne. They are the local retailers for the Z service stations in this area. Photo supplied.

Kiwis will help address needs in their neighbourhoods, when they vote in Z Energy’s Good in the Hood this month.

Good in the Hood is a community funding programme that awards more than a million dollars every year to around 800 groups doing good for people or the environment in the area around their local Z.

Every Z service station has chosen four groups to support in 2017 and will share $4000 between them. Locals will determine what percentage of the funding goes to each group by voting with an orange token each time they shop at Z in May.

Kennerley Retail Investments community champion, Melanie Kennerley, told the Times the need that each group is addressing will be labelled on the voting booths, so locals can see the impact the funding will have.

“Some community groups have explicit needs they are seeking funding for eg keeping community nurses on the road for Totara Hospice,” she said.

“For all groups, it assists them in doing the amazing work they do in the community on a daily basis.”

Hunua MP Andrew Bayly is right behind the programme. “These are all well deserving charities who work hard for us all,” he said.

“I particularly want to acknowledge Wayne and Melanie Kennerley, the retailers of these Z Stations, who enable four hours of community service a month for each of their stations and their ongoing generous support of the community.”

To find out more, visit www.z.co.nz/goodinthehood.

The Z service stations and the different charities they are representing this year are:

Z BOTANY DOWNS

1 Stand Children’s Services Auckland

2 Middlemore Foundation

3 Life Education Trust Counties Manukau

4 Victim Support Tamaki East

Z HARRIS RD

1 South Auckland Christian Food Bank

2 Totara Hospice South Auckland

3 Life Education Trust Counties Manukau

4 Middlemore Foundation

Z HIGHBROOK

1 South Auckland Christian Food Bank

2 Totara Hospice South Auckland

3 Radio Lollipop NZ

4 The South Pacific Development Trust

Z ORMISTON RD

1 South Auckland Christian Food Bank

2 Totara Hospice South Auckland

3 Bellyful East Auckland

4 Habitat for Humanity

Z PAKURANGA

1 Stand Children’s Services Auckland

2 Howick Pakuranga Community Patrol

3 Howick Volunteer Coastguard Inc

4 The Eastgate Community Trust

Z TE IRIRANGI DR

1 Dawson Primary School

2 Totara Hospice South Auckland

3 Life Education Trust Counties Manukau

4 Tupu Explorers Plunket Playgroup

Z TI RAKAU DR

1 Life Education Trust Counties Manukau

2 East Auckland Breast Cancer Support

3 John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation

4 Age Concern Counties Manukau Inc

Z CLEVEDON

1 Wairoa River Landcare

2 Kawakawa Bay Orere Health Clinic Inc

3 Coastguard Maraetai

4 Clevedon Fire Brigade