27 Oct 2018

Thousands respond to fuel boycott

1:38 pm on 27 October 2018

Further petrol station boycotts could be on the cards to protest against the high cost of fuel.

Fuel pump.

Fuel pump. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

About 40,000 people responded to a Facebook event which asked motorists to stay away from all petrol stations for a day, until midday today.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealanders are being fleeced.

However, the fuel companies disagree.

They blame a lower New Zealand dollar and higher overseas crude oil prices for the rise in petrol.

Boycott co-organiser Julia Roche believed fuel companies were playing a game with motorists.

She said she would keep the pressure on.

"A lot of people have said that they think targeting one certain brand for a while - so that's something that we'll look into after this," she said

Ms Roche said many people were on a budget, and every time petrol goes up in price, something has to go, sometimes groceries.

She said discrepancies in prices between different regions was also a major problem.

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