PostShop to close

Central Leader - - NEWS - By LAUREN PRI­EST­LEY

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.

‘‘I did

hear

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.

Photo: LAUREN PRI­EST­LEY

Clos­ing time: Four Auck­land post of­fices will be shut­ting their doors once ser­vices are shifted to other lo­cal businesses.

Maun­gakiekieMP

Sam Lotu-Iiga

Green­woods Cor­ner res­i­dent

David Ley­land

Royal Oak res­i­dent

Mervyn Daw­son

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