27 Jun 2009

Kaikohe's lone petrol station to stay open

11:42 am on 27 June 2009

The Caltex service station in Kaikohe is to stay open until spring, lifting fears of a winter without a local fuel outlet.

The Northland town's Shell station has shut down for a rebuild and Caltex was due to close this weekend to replace ageing tanks.

Locals were facing the prospect of having to drive to neighbouring towns for petrol and LPG, creating more hardship for the low-income community.

Chevron, the company that markets Caltex, has now agreed to defer the shut-down till early September, following the intervention of Northland MP John Carter.

The company says Northland Regional Council will monitor its ageing underground fuel tanks.