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Waitomo continues to deliver – cheaper fuel coming to the South Island
13th December 2018
Hamilton-based fuel supplier Waitomo Group has today confirmed it will open a Waitomo Fuel Stop in central Christchurch next year, cementing its ambition to deliver long-awaited price competition in the South Island.
Managing Director Jimmy Ormsby said the Kiwi family-owned and operated business believed motorists in the South Island deserved a fairer deal. “And that’s what we do, provide fuel at the lowest price we can – the Waitomo price.”
Waitomo Group had identified the South Island, where fuel prices are significantly higher than those in the North Island, as key to its expansion plans.
“Kiwis have been hurting at the pump, especially in areas where Waitomo doesn’t operate,” says Mr Ormsby. “That’s certainly the case for Mainlanders, where motorists are still missing out on the benefits of the price competition we’ve been driving. “Put simply, we believe Kiwis deserve a fair price no matter where they live.”
Established in Te Kuiti more than 70 years ago by Desmond Ormsby, Waitomo Group now has more than 50 fuel stops stretching from Paihia in the north and as far south as Foxton. It recently announced that it would open a station next year in Wellington, which, like the South Island, has borne the brunt of higher fuel prices.
The Christchurch station will mark the first stage of Waitomo’s move into the South Island. “We’ve started the process to secure a site in central Christchurch and we hope to be pumping fuel by the end of 2019. More competition and fairer fuel prices are on the way. In the meantime, we’re continuing to identify other sites in the South Island where we believe we can establish ourselves and continue disrupting New Zealand’s retail fuel market.”
Waitomo Group’s South Island fuel supply will come from Mobil’s Lyttelton and Woolston terminals, says Mr Ormsby. “We’ve got the supply lines sorted and all the service providers are in place to support the new fuel stop. It’s full-steam ahead in Christchurch.”
Petrol Price Relief Coming to the Capital
17th October 2018
Hamilton-based fuel supplier Waitomo Group has today announced plans to open a Waitomo Fuel Stop in central Wellington in early 2019, delivering much-needed competition to the capital.
Managing Director Jimmy Ormsby says the family-run business has long-wanted to offer Wellingtonians a more competitive fuel price.
“It’s a move we’ve been looking at for a while as we’ve been growing our business, but we needed to find the right site and get the consents in place. I’m really pleased to confirm today it’s full-steam ahead. We’ll be fully operational early in the new year.
“We recognise that Kiwis have been hurting at the pump, especially in areas where Waitomo does not operate. As a low-cost operator, what we offer all our customers is the best price that we can. This is core to our values. We know by looking at the prices today that our pricing will provide some relief to Wellingtonians.
“We’ve kept our Waitomo customers and their businesses moving with competitive fuel prices for over 70 years. We are now in expansion mode, so the Wellington market was an obvious next step for Waitomo.”
“Our company prides itself on good Kiwi values. We are a 100 percent Kiwi-owned and Kiwi-operated, third generation family business, and we believe in offering Kiwis a better deal. That requires competition. We can – and will – deliver significantly lower prices for Kiwis in the capital early next year,” says Mr Ormsby.
Resource consent was granted on 15 October for a 6-pump site, at 24-26 Hutt Road, Pipitea. The site will have unleaded 91, premium 95, and diesel. Building and installation will get under way shortly. The site will be an unmanned fuel stop, meaning Waitomo will be able to keep prices down, because it doesn’t offer a full-service retail offering.
Established in Te Kuiti more than 70 years ago by Desmond Ormsby, the family-owned and operated company now has more than 50 fuel stops stretching from Paihia in the north and as far south as Foxton.
Waitomo works closely with its supply and distribution partners, to offer total fuel solutions, including bulk fuel supply, onsite diesel supply and fuel and oil storage solutions.