Threat­ened Post Shop wins year-long stamp of ap­proval

Central Leader - - Front Page - By Janie Smith

The San­dring­ham Post Shop has been granted a re­prieve af­ter sev­eral of its key ser­vices were set to be re­moved in July.

Owner Chan­der Satija was told by New Zealand Post last month that his shop would lose Ki­wiBank ser­vices, bill pay­ments, mo­tor regis­tra­tion, Land Trans­port ser­vices and IRD applications.

But the ser­vices will now re­main un­til May next year, when the shop’s fran­chise agree­ment ex­pires.

New Zealand Post head of re­tail op­er­a­tions and mar­ket­ing Scott Pol­lard says the com­pany has dis­cussed the con­tin­u­a­tion of its fran­chise agree­ment with the San­dring­ham Post Shop fran­chisee un­til May next year.

“We would like to see postal ser­vices con­tinue in San­dring­ham af­ter May and an of­fer to do so is cur­rently with the fran­chisee,” he says.

“We have al­ways wanted postal ser­vices to con­tinue at San­dring­ham and other ser­vices are avail­able nearby at Mt Roskill, Do­min­ion Rd and St Lukes.”

Lo­cals aren’t happy about the prospect of hav­ing to go to the other shops and staged a protest out­side the San­dring­ham store last Thurs­day.

First-time pro­tester Elsie Buchan, 86, said she had been go­ing to the shop for more years than she could re­mem­ber.

“Those of us who live within walk­ing dis­tance of the Post Shop need this fa­cil­ity. We can pay most of our bills here.”

More than 1000 peo­ple have filled out feed­back forms sup­port­ing the store and Mr Satija says even though the ex­tra year of ser­vices is a good thing, they will still ul­ti­mately be re­moved.

“Once the ser­vices are taken away, th­ese peo­ple will have to go to far off places. How can they ex­pect peo­ple who are 80plus to go to St Lukes or Mt Roskill?”

He says he will not be able to re­cover the money he has in­vested in the store when the ser­vices are gone.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Postal protest: San­dring­ham lo­cals protest ser­vices be­ing taken away from the Post Shop.

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