PostShop to close
SAY goodbye to the Royal Oak PostShop.
New Zealand Post announced on May 15 that four of its Auckland stores will be shutting their doors.
They are Royal Oak, Penrose, St Heliers and North Harbour.
The plan is to shift PostShop services to other nearby businesses so customers do not miss out.
The Royal Oak PostShop has been at its Manukau Rd site for at least two decades.
David Leyland says it is disappointing news.
The Greenwoods Corner resident uses the post offices at Royal Oak and Three Kings quite regularly, he says.
‘‘I’ve always found the Royal Oak shop quite well patronised. There are big lines and sometimes you have to wait a while to be served.
‘‘It’s not as if it’s not getting used.’’
Royal Oak resident Cathy Jones says it will be a real loss to the shopping area.
The nearest post office is in Onehunga and it is hard for older people to get to, Jones says.
‘‘I’m not happy about it at all. A lot of us oldies pay our bills in cash so where else would we go?’’
But Mervyn Dawson says he uses the store only sporadically and moving postal services to another business should not change the area too much. ‘‘I guess it’s not economic for them to keep it open.
they were talking about cutting the numbers down. I thought it would only be a matter of time.’’
Maungakiekie MP Sam Lotu-Iiga says it is an understandable decision but could still be disappointing for residents.
‘‘Sadly it is a sign of the technological age because there is greater use of digital channels. With all that technology we’ve also seen a real dramatic reduction in letter volumes.’’
New Zealand Post store network general manager Jon Andrews says the change comes as a response to how and where customers are using services.
The company will be talking to businesses to find a suitable partner, he says.
The process can take about six to nine months.
‘‘Post has been around for so long, 170 years, that people generally associate a community with a post shop. We will not be removing services, we will just be providing them in a different location.’’
The decision comes as part of a global trend and ultimately it is about getting ready for the future, Andrews says.
‘‘The rate of decline continues year on year. I think we owe it to our communities to make sure New Zealand Post is there for the long haul.’’
The PostShop will stay open until new local operators are found.
Closing time: Four Auckland post offices will be shutting their doors once services are shifted to other local businesses.
Greenwoods Corner resident
Royal Oak resident