Wellington Scoop

New fuel stop on Hutt Road will offer lower petrol prices

News from Waitomo Group
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 its 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.


  1. Elaine Hampton, 18. October 2018, 12:07

    Wonderful, another low cost petrol supplier expecting kudos for cheap petrol, no new jobs, flying in the face of the IPCC report, which says in no uncertain terms, that we must reverse the carbon load in the next decade, to survive in a world as we know it.
    Improved transport and renewable electricity, running public transport would be good news, this isn’t.

  2. greenwelly, 18. October 2018, 13:47

    Its will be interesting to see if there were any special conditions regarding the fact it will likely involve a significant number of cars having to cross (and potentially block, whenever they run significant discounts) the newly-constructed Hutt Road cycleway….But given it will have no staff on site, I can’t see anyone giving a toss or being asked to do anything about any obstructions caused.

  3. Dave B, 18. October 2018, 23:11

    @ Elaine H and Greenwelly
    My thoughts exactly.
    Policies to reduce the cost of fossil fuel and policies to reduce the severity of climate-change can no longer be pretended as fitting together. They are as mutually counter-productive as good cycleways and busy vehicle-crossings.

  4. glenn, 19. October 2018, 14:32

    Last time I looked, it wasn’t an offence, legally or morally to sell petrol. Maybe the precious darlings in lycra, might actually have to give way to something, now that would make a change.