Hos­pi­tal post shop and bank closes its doors

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Auck­land City Hos­pi­tal has lost its New Zealand Post and Ki­wibank book­shop.

Hos­pi­tal Books owner Tony McLeod said his book shop had held the lease for nearly 13 years at the hos­pi­tal, ser­vic­ing the needs of pa­tients, their fam­i­lies and staff.

The store has New Zealand Post and Ki­wibank ser­vices.

He said the lease had not been re­newed by the hos­pi­tal and its last day was March 31.

‘‘I am ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed, my staff have all been made re­dun­dant and are seek­ing em­ploy­ment else­where,’’ McLeod said.

The shop had four full time staff.

McLeod said he would not com­ment fur­ther on why the lease had not been ex­tended.

‘‘The hos­pi­tal didn’t give me a sat­is­fac­tory an­swer,’’ McLeod said.

An Auck­land District Health Board (ADHB) spokesper­son said the New Zealand Post ser­vice would close un­til a new ven­dor was found.

It would not say why Hos­pi­tal Books’ lease was not re­newed.

ADHB was work­ing with New Zealand Post and other po­ten­tial ten­ants re­tail­ers to en­sure postal ser­vices and other prod­ucts such as mag­a­zine, cards and books re­main at the hos­pi­tal.

The ADHB spokesper­son said Pa­per Plus would open a pop-up store in May and pro­vide New Zealand Post ser­vices at the hos­pi­tal un­til a long-term ten­ant had been found.

A New Zealand Post spokesper­son said its post box would re­main in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion.

‘‘Pa­tients and staff will still be able to send and re­ceive let­ters, as well as re­ceive parcels.’’

How­ever, Ki­wibank ser­vices will no longer be avail­able at the hos­pi­tal.

New­ton and New­mar­ket are the clos­est Ki­wibank out­lets, more than 2 kilo­me­tres away.

How­ever, the state-owned com­pa­nies are try­ing to find busi­nesses to take over its ser­vices at New­ton as well as Auck­land Air­port.

Ear­lier in March New Zealand Post and Ki­wibank an­nounced it would close its Green­lane shop in June.

This came after it was un­able to find a host-busi­ness for the ser­vice.

In 2011, New Zealand Post closed seven of its post shop and Ki­wibank stores.

‘‘The hos­pi­tal didn't give me a sat­is­fac­tory an­swer.’’

BE­VAN READ/FAIR­FAX NZ

Auck­land City Hos­pi­tal will no longer have Ki­wibank ser­vices.

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