Gull has announced plans to open six petrol stations in the South Island in the next two years. The first site is set to open in July in the South Island town of Maheno on State Highway 1, just south of Oamaru. Gull New Zealand general manager Dave Bodger said that the new station would be an unmanned site with pay-at-pump facilities. "We have been inundated with thousands of requests to launch the ‘Gull effect’ in the South Island and so we are stoked to be bringing competitive prices to mainland motorists who have been paying far too much for their petrol for far too long." It is predicted that the expansion of Gull into the South Island will decrease fuel prices by as much as 20 cents per litre.