NZ Post and Kiwibank find no takers
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.
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.