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25th Birthday Shout

August, 2018

As we’re celebrating our 25th Birthday this year, we wanted to give back to the hard working farming families out there. You’ve been a big part of our 25 year journey!

We recently ran a competition in conjunction with RadioLIVE’s Rural Exchange, giving listeners the chance to win a $5000 holiday to the Gold Coast. Our General Manager, Alastair Tennent, visited the Rural Exchange studio on Sunday to announce the lucky winner – Lynette Hitchcock! You can listen to the audio here.

 

Birthday Shout Prize Winner

Our lucky winner, Lynette Hitchcock & General Manager of Allied Petroleum, Alastair Tennent


In a stroke of luck, Alastair happened to be travelling through Taranaki and was able to hand deliver Lynette her prize. Congratulations Lynette, we hope you enjoy your sunny break with your husband on the Gold Coast!

Information About the Auckland Fuel Tax

July, 2018

Earlier this month the Regional Fuel Tax (ARF Tax) bill was enacted through parliament. Prior to this change we wrote to affected customers, where we deliver bulk fuel to their businesses or where they use one or more of the Allied Petroleum Fuel Stops, within the boundaries of the Auckland Council. This blog in turn provides that information.

Firstly, our customers should be aware that:

  • The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) will be responsible for administering and collecting the tax and have started to communicate how they will handle this
  • Allied Petroleum will be required to collect and pay this tax to the NZTA
  • Allied Petroleum will be required to supply NZTA with details of all fuel deliveries within the region

The Auckland Regional Fuel Tax is:

  • applied from 1 July 2018
  • charged at 10 cents per litre plus GST (10c + 1.5c = 11.5c incl GST)
  • applied to all fuel (diesel and petrol) delivered to sites within the boundaries of the Auckland Council as shown on the Auckland Council website Auckland Council Geographical Area
  • applied to all fuel deliveries including service stations, bulk storage tanks, vehicles, machines, and marine vessels unless it is an Exempt Site (refer below)
  • potentially refunded through Rebates (refer below) on the same basis as Excise tax

Exempt Sites

The NZTA advise that the ARF Tax is not be payable on deliveries to sites exclusively used to supply:

  • generation of electricity for public use at any electric power station
  • manufacture of gas for public use at any gas works
  • manufacture at a refinery of refined petroleum products
  • any commercial ship (as per section 2(1) of the Maritime Transport Act 1994)
  • vehicles designed to operate exclusively on rails

 Please note it is a site that is exempt not a customer and none of the Allied Fuel Stops or Allied Marine Stops will be exempt.

Rebates

The NZTA have sent out information about Rebates below is the wording they used:

The Minister of Transport, Hon Phil Twyford has announced RFT rebate eligibility is to be based on fuel excise duty (FED).  FED is applied only to petrol, but RFT rebates will include petrol, diesel and their bio-variants.  GST will be added to RFT rebates. 

If you want to know more about excise duty refunds, visit the NZ Transport Agency website.

You will be able to register and make an online Rebate claims from October 2018 on the NZ Transport Agency website. 

In addition, we have been advised that under current legislation there are no Regional Fuel Tax rebates available on fuel purchased for pleasure boats/craft, however rebates apply for commercial boats.

The NZTA advise that the following record keeping practices may be useful for customers (fuel users) in order to prepare for claiming a rebate:

  • Up to date business details
  • A list of commercial vehicles, machinery, rail and marine vessels which are used off road
  • Supporting documents showing fuel used off road in vehicles/machinery/vessels.  For example, fuel invoices and receipts, including volume (litres), fuel type

Allied Petroleum Invoicing

From 1 July 2018 all invoices for bulk deliveries to sites within the ARF Tax region will show the Regional Fuel Tax. Invoices for card customers (who use one of our Fuel Stops) will list the sites where the Fuel has been purchased. Allied Petroleum has only 3 fuel stops in the Auckland Region:

  • Allied Takanini Fuel Stop         (28 Spartan Rd, Takanini)
  • Allied Penrose Fuel Stop          (42 Gavin St, Penrose)
  • Half Moon Bay Marine Stop     (Half Moon Bay Marina, Argo Drive, Bucklands Beach)

For More Info

For more please refer to the NZTA website www.nzta.govt.nz/vehicles/regional-fuel-tax/

Or visit the MOT website which has a Q & A page www.transport.govt.nz/land/regional-fuel-tax

 

State Highway 1 Now Open

December, 2017

The new State Highway 1 reopened on Friday 15th December, after being extensively damaged in the Kaikoura Earthquake in November 2016.

Photo supplied by: Scott Hammond/Stuff.co.nz

The first drivers on the new stretch of road remarked that the changed coastline was worth the trip, and noted you could see where the old road used to be. Close to 200 cars were lined up for 3km at the checkpoint in Clarence, north of Kaikoura before the road opened at 1pm.

SH1 had been closed for 13 months due to damage from the magnitude-7.8 earthquake in November 2016. It reconnects the major route between Picton and Christchurch.

Photo supplied by: NZTA

Read more about the opening of SH1 here.

 

 

Fuel Returns to Pongaroa Township

October, 2017

Last Saturday, our latest Fuel Stop development was officially opened in the small isolated Wairarapa township of Pongaroa. This development has been a joint project between the local Pongaroa community and Allied Petroleum.

Pon

The opening of the Fuel Stop was a major event for Pongaroa. Free food and coffee was supplied to the hundreds who turned up on the day, while the local kids enjoyed a treasure hunt, and horse and cart rides. Read more about the Pongaroa Fuel Stop project here.

To find any of our other Fuel Stop locations nationwide click here.

Mainland Muscle Cars – Now Powered by Mobil 1

October, 2017

Mainland Muscle Cars is a relatively new category within the South Island motor racing scene, now entering its fourth season. The big-banger class is based around a simple but effective technical formula of pre-1985 rear-drive 6 or
8-cylinder cars, with a minimalist rules package which disallows space-frame chassis, turbos, and 4-wheel-drive.

It’s racing the way it used to be – not dissimilar to the long-gone glory days of OSCA – fast and loud American and Australian V8 beasts that would be as at home in a car show as they are on a race track. Little wonder the class is getting fields of between 25 and 35 cars every meeting, and pulling crowds wherever they go.

MMC at Ruapuna

The Mobil 1 Mainland Muscle Cars leave the line at Mike Pero Motorsport Park – fast and loud – just
like the crowd wants it! (Media 77 photo)


Mainland Muscle Cars are thrilled to announce a great new partnership for the 2017-2018 season that sees Mobil 1 as its naming rights sponsor. Mainland Muscle Cars President Tony Johnson says:

“The club is genuinely excited at the partnership between Mobil 1 and Mainland Muscle Cars. Mobil 1 is a great brand, and it’s synonymous with motor racing here in New Zealand and worldwide – which makes it a fantastic fit for Mainland Muscle Cars.” Tony adds “Club-member Greg Donaldson has been working with the team at Allied Petroleum putting this deal together for a while now, and the intention for both parties is a long-term relationship. It’s going to be great!

MMC at Ruapana Turn 1

30 bellowing V8 and 6-cylinder American and Australian beasts blast into turn one at Mike Pero
Motorsport Park – the Mobil 1 Mainland Muscle Cars are back in action for another season.                  (Media 77 photo)

 

Mustang Race Car

Allied Petroleum’s Clara Fairbrass at the wheel of her dad’s Mustang GT race car.

There’s a special personal connection at play within this partnership.
Allied Petroleum’s Clara Fairbrass is not only involved with the behind-the-scenes marketing effort, but she’s also a familiar face out at the track as support crew for her dad Barry, a
Mobil 1 Mainland Muscle Cars member and competitor. Clara says:

 

Mobil 1, the World’s Leading Synthetic Motor Oil, has a long and important connection with motorsport worldwide. Currently Exxon Mobil’s technology partnerships include Red Bull Racing in Formula 1 and the Mobil 1 HSV race team competing amongst the V8 Supercars. So it’s fantastic to also see Mobil 1 associated with grass-roots racing events in New Zealand.”

With support from Allied Petroleum, the Mobil 1 Mainland Muscle Cars are ready to nail the rev-limiters, and will take to the track for the first time this season at the Speed Festival held at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, on the 28th and 29th of October, followed by Round two on the 27th and 28th of January at Levels Raceway in Timaru.

Follow the Mobil 1 Mainland Muscle Cars facebook page to keep up to date with the latest developments from the club.

New Great Gear Joins Allied Petroleum’s Fleet

August, 2017

Continued investment in Great Gear has seen Allied Petroleum recently take delivery of two new trucks to join our modern fleet.

At the smaller end of the scale, the first addition is our new DMR (Direct Machine Refuelling) unit, joining the fleet in Christchurch. It is a 4×2 Volvo 320HP unit, with a 7,500 load capacity.

Great Gear DMR Unit

The increase in large scale civil contracting and construction projects happening in the wider Canterbury region has seen a growing demand for our DMR services within the region. These smaller units enable us to deliver fuel directly to each individual piece of machinery on site working remotely, saving them the travel to and from a refuelling station.

At the other end of the scale, the next new addition is the largest tanker in our Allied Petroleum fleet. Joining the fleet up in Auckland is our new 23 metre six-axle HPMV B-Train.

Great Gear HPMV B-Train

The tractor unit is an FH Volvo 540HP. The two trailers will be able to tow a combined capacity of up to 58 tonnes, allowing us to transport loads of up to 54,000 litres of fuel.

Look out for our new Great Gear on the roads!

 

Sheffield Fuel Stop Reopens After Upgrade

August, 2017

Allied Petroleum is pleased to announce the completion of the redevelopment work at our Sheffield Fuel Stop, at 81 Main West Coast Road. A forecourt closure was required due to the significant construction work involved.

Sheffield Fuel Stop Forecourt

As part of the upgrade, the existing building was demolished on site as to increase the size of the forecourt and to ensure improved vehicle access in and out. New equipment has been installed, and alongside 91, 95 petrol and diesel being available, we have also introduced a new product; Alliedblue, an exhaust fluid needed for an increasing number of modern diesel vehicles travelling on our roads.

Sheffield Fuel Stop

We would like to thank the local community for their patience over recent months, and look forward to welcoming customers back onto the forecourt for an improved refueling experience.

For information about our other fuel stops and services stations around the country click here.

Servicing Tips for your Machinery this Winter

June, 2017

The cold winter months can take a tough toll on machinery. Engine maintenance and servicing during this time of year is essential to reduce the risk of costly repairs and machine downtime. Your engine is particularly vulnerable at start-up, that’s when it really needs the oil to keep flowing.

Cold weather can cause engine oil to flow either too slowly, or not at all, and that can take a toll on your engine. That’s why choosing the right engine oil, the use of quality lubricants, along with correct machine maintenance can make a big difference and help to protect the engine’s vital components. Make sure you always follow the equipment manufacturer’s servicing interval recommendations and oil specifications.

Here’s a few reasons why lubrication is one of the most important steps when servicing your machinery this winter:

  1. Lubricants reduce friction around any moving part within the engine, regular servicing helps to extend the life of your machinery by reducing unnecessary friction and wear and tear on your engine’s internals, and flushing out contaminants in your engine – keeping your engine clean.
  2. Excess oil in your engine can cause damage, just the same as not enough oil in your engine can. When servicing your machinery look for signs of excess oil, built up grease and water leaks. Also ensure you check around any seals for leaks.
  3. High engine temperatures can be a result of poor lubrication. If your engine is operating at a higher than usual temperature, ensure you check your oil levels are high enough. Also check to see if your thermostat is working correctly, and your radiator is clear of debris.
  4. Choosing the right oil for your machinery can make a big impact on fuel efficiency and reducing wear and tear, not only making your machinery last longer, but also saving you money!                                                     Mobil Oil Product Guide

It’s not always easy choosing which lubricant is the right one for your farm equipment and machinery, that’s why we’re on hand to help you choose the right product best suited to your requirements. Mobil heavy-duty diesel engine oil and lubricants can be trusted to keep everything running smoothly.

A global brand being delivered by local faces, this means you get all the power and performance of the Mobil brand combined with a dedicated local team and technical expertise. In addition to our knowledgeable team, Mobil has also developed an app to help you select the right lubricant product for you, simply search “Mobil Oils Product Guide” in the App Store or Google Play. Or feel free to call Mobil’s technical help line
0800 LUBENZ.

Welcome On Board Wainoni Service Station

June, 2017

During the month of June we welcomed on board the latest owner operated service station to join our Allied network, Wainoni Service Station. This existing site marks an exciting time for Allied as our first service station within the Christchurch metropolitan area.

Wainoni Service Station

Wainoni Service Station has 91, 95, and diesel fuel available at the pump, as well as a retail convenience store offering coffee and quick bites to eat on the go. For commercial vehicles, a high flow diesel pump is available for faster refueling. In the coming months an outdoor payment terminal will be installed, enabling Wainoni Service Station to become a 24/7 operation so customers can refuel when it is most convenient for them. Welcome Kartik, Ameth and the rest of the team!

To view to the rest of our nationwide network of fuel stops and service stations click here.

A New Fuel Stop for the Township of Pongaroa

May, 2017

Monday 22nd May 2017 was a special day for the township of Pongaroa, as it marked the day the first sod was turned for the new Pongaroa Fuel Stop.

From left: Wright Broughton, Allan Benbow, Paul Peetoom, and David Monk.

From left: Wright Broughton, Allan Benbow, Paul Peetoom, and David Monk.

The new unmanned 24/7 Fuel Stop is well needed by the township of Pongaroa who lost their only fuel outlet two years ago. With a local population of approximately 120 people, residents, farmers, contractors, tourists and police, have had to resort to driving to the nearest petrol stations in Danniverke or Pahiatua, approximately 60 kilometers away, to fill up 20L petrol containers to get them through.

In the past two years fuel has been sold by a number of residents when people turn up in dire straits. “Although it was illegal, we did it, but we can’t carry on,” Mr Monk told Tararua District councillors. “Route 52 is a very popular tourist route, with fuel available in Masterton and Waipukurau, but tourists think there will be fuel in Pongaroa and they get caught out.”

A 3D digital render of the fuel stop being built currently in Pongaroa

A 3D digital render of the Fuel Stop being built currently in Pongaroa

In a courageous move the community of Pongaroa fundraised to contribute to the $500,000 project, making this a remarkable and quite possibly a landmark case for New Zealand. Allied Petroleum were chosen as a partner after offering to invest alongside the community with specialist equipment (all tanks, pumps, and payment terminal). We also set about bringing the right partners to guide design and construction. Allied Petroleum’s slogan is ‘never run out’, and while most people associate that with a reliable bulk delivery service, we think it relates well to our role in keeping fuel available to the Pongaroa community.

The Fuel Stop is being built on land donated by Wright Broughton’s family, and will provide service on the same site where a boarding house stood 100 years ago. “The boarding house was a stopover for those travelling from Hawke’s Bay to Wairarapa and Wellington and when it burnt down, the replacement became my family home in the 1940s,” Mr Broughton said. “After my mother died in 1962, the house was dismantled in 1964 and taken away, so it’s wonderful to see the land is going to be useful again for the community.”

The Fuel Stop is expected to be finished late July, with an official opening in August. Pongaroa resident Jason Ellmers said the Fuel Stop was desperately needed and the community were very grateful to the committee who had “gone the extra mile.”

To keep up to date with the progress on site, visit pongaroathewaytogo.org.nz

0800 383 566