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Twenty-cent fuel price drop promised for Tawa motorists
Backed by strong customer demand, Waikato-based fuel supplier Waitomo Group has announced its fourth Wellington fuel stop will open later this year in Tawa.
A market disruptor, Waitomo Group operates three sites in Tinakori, Upper Hutt and Johnsonville and is actively looking for other Wellington sites.
The new Fuel Stop is located on Main Rd, Tawa, adjacent to the Outlet City shopping centre. It will offer commercial and retail customers Unleaded 91, Premium 95 and Diesel.
Based on data from price comparison app Gaspy, Waitomo’s Wellington prices would be 20 cents a litre cheaper for Unleaded 91 and 30 cents a litre cheaper for Diesel than competitors in the area. And that’s irking local motorists.
“We’ve been inundated with comments from the public via Facebook and our website begging for more sites in the Wellington region and you can see why. Support for what we’re doing has been massive,” Waitomo Group Managing Director Jimmy Ormsby said.
“We’ve proven we can drop prices by up to 30 cents a litre when we enter a new market, so Tawa’s next in our sights. That way the Waitomo impact will be felt wider in the Wellington region, with more competition and choice for the long-term.”
Mr Ormsby says the 100-percent Kiwi, family-owned and operated business is stoked with how Waitomo’s presence has impacted Wellington fuel prices.
“Until we came along, there was no competition in the Wellington market. Hard-working Kiwis bore the brunt of that with extortionate fuel prices.”
“Our presence has been a game-changer. Less than 18 months since we opened our first Wellington site, pump prices have plummeted, with our competitors reacting in order to keep customers.”
“Whether motorists buy from us, or our competitors, Kiwis are benefiting from the competition that Waitomo has delivered in Wellington. That’s why we get such great support,” Mr Ormsby said.
Further disruption of the retail fuel market is expected next year following the passing of the Fuel Industry Bill which creates a more even playing field for low-cost operators like Waitomo.
“Greater transparency and competition in the wholesale market means that companies like Waitomo will not be pushed out of the market by the big oil companies. It provides us with the confidence to continue to invest and take our offer to more Kiwis at more locations,” Mr Ormsby says.
“Our national expansion plans are in full swing and we’re fired up about what the future holds for us. Kiwis want fairer fuel prices and we have form for delivering on that,” Mr Ormsby said.
A special thanks to everybody who stopped by to say hi and meet some of the team – we’ve had awesome support since we’ve opened. It was wicked to catch up with our three lucky winners of our Facebook competition winning $1,000 fuel on us via our new app. Ka pai Alan Smith, Katarina Beedles and Terry Sanderson. We hope you enjoy spinning to win!
Our unmanned Woolston Fuel Stop in Christchurch is our second site in Christchurch, along with our Fitzgerald Fuel Stop. Our third site on Cranford Street, to the north of the city, will open later this year.
Our two unmanned Dunedin sites are located in Eastgate where Kiwis can fuel up 24/7 or at Northgate, 7am-10pm.
Fuel market disruptor Waitomo announces 5th South Island Fuel Stop
Hot on the heels of its three new South Island sites opening next week, Waikato-based fuel supplier Waitomo has announced plans to open a third Christchurch site this year.
The 100-percent Kiwi company already has one Fuel Stop on Fitzgerald Avenue in central Christchurch and will open its Woolston Fuel Stop next Wednesday. The third site will be based in Cranford Street, to the north of the city. Two Fuel Stops in Dunedin will also open next week.
Waitomo Group Managing Director Jimmy Ormsby says today’s announcement cements Waitomo’s position in the South Island market.
“Having disrupted the North Island market with our fairer fuel prices, our sights are now firmly set on delivering Kiwis competition and choice in the South Island fuel market,” he said.
“Kiwi families and businesses down South have suffered from price gouging for over a decade, because of a lack of competition. The same was happening in Wellington and we shook that up with our arrival in the capital.
“For sure, pricing has recently become more competitive in the South Island, but only after Waitomo announced our first site in Christchurch. We are committed to extending our network in the South Island to give Kiwis a fair price for fuel, and our presence will keep our competitors honest.”
“In Wellington, our impact was immediate. The market came down to meet us and Wellingtonians are now paying 20-30 cents a litre less than what they were before Waitomo opened up. We are stoked to be reducing the cost of fuel so Kiwis can save their money and spend it on other things they need – like food and power.
“I’m really proud of what we have achieved in Wellington – it shows what a difference a small Kiwi company can make up against the big oil companies, and Kiwis have really got in behind us and supported what we’re doing.”
Along with its new South Island sites, Waitomo operates over 65 Fuel Stops and Diesel Stops in the North Island, stretching from Paihia to Wellington.
Commercial customers who sign up for a Waitomo Fuel Card or bulk supply benefit from tailored commercial rates, or the pump price – whichever is better. Retail customers can use Waitomo’s app for easy contactless payment and the chance to spin to win for prizes.
Mr Ormsby says the third-generation family business’ model is simple.
“We stick to the same formula my grandfather and father both used for more than 70 years when they ran the business. Great people delivering Kiwis a fair price for fuel, and reinvesting in the business to make sure it is sustainable for the long-term. It’s simple – but it works,” Mr Ormsby said.
Located at 311 Cranford St, the 24 / 7 unmanned Fuel Stop will offer Unleaded 91, 95 and Diesel with app, credit card, EFTPOS and Waitomo Fuel Card payment.