NZ Post and Ki­wibank find no tak­ers

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An­other Auck­land bank branch is clos­ing its doors.

New Zealand Post and Ki­wibank an­nounced on Thurs­day they were un­able to find a lo­cal busi­ness in Green­lane to deliver postal and bank­ing ser­vices on its be­half.

The joint New Zealand Post and Ki­wibank shop will close at the end of June 2017.

Five staff work at the Green­lane branch. New Zealand Post would not say whether they would lose their jobs.

In June 2015, New Zealand Post be­gan look­ing for a busi­ness to take over the bank­ing and postal ser­vices.

New Zealand Post gen­eral man­ager for re­tail dis­tri­bu­tion Tracey Berry said that af­ter months of look­ing, it had been un­suc­cess­ful.

‘‘We’ll be work­ing with our cus­tomers in the lead up to the change, and we’ll have Ki­wibank spe­cial­ists in store prior to the change to help peo­ple un­der­stand and sign up to in­ter­net and phone bank­ing,’’ Berry said.

The Re­muera and Eller­slie Ki­wibank Post Shops are both less than 2km away from the Green­lane shop at 205 Great South Rd.

Berry said cus­tomers would still be able to use the postal box lobby.

Chris and Michelle Bur­ton from Green­lane reg­u­larly used the Green­lane post shop and said it was a shame to see it close.

They were con­cerned about park­ing at the Re­muera and Eller­slie sites.

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Dodge agreed. Adri­enne

‘‘Park­ing in New­mar­ket is a night­mare and the queues are of­ten 10-plus,’’ she said.

‘‘I am a box holder at Green­lane and have heard noth­ing about this yet.’’

New Zealand Post and Ki­wibank are in­creas­ingly seek­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to of­fer their ser­vices.

The state-owned com­pa­nies are also look­ing for busi­nesses to take over its ser­vices at New­ton and Auck­land Air­port.

‘‘We have had good in­ter­est to se­cure an agree­ment with a lo­cal busi­ness for our Auck­land Air­port branch and we con­tinue to look for a po­ten­tial host for the New­ton branch,’’ Berry said.

Ki­wibank, set up in 2002, op­er­ates through New Zealand Post’s 280 Post Shops.

In 2011, New Zealand Post closed seven of its Post Shop and Ki­wibank stores, and down­graded an­other seven to Post Cen­tres.

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