‘No fixed abode’ in­creas­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Baby boomers mo­bil­is­ing.

We do not limit our­selves to the quar­ter acre our par­ents as­pired to. I have friends ‘‘of no fixed abode’’ en­joy­ing daily ad­ven­tures in their mo­bile homes on land or sea, and oth­ers who pur­sue the sun or snow.

Tech­nol­ogy has changed the world al­low­ing us to keep tabs with fam­ily no mat­ter where all of us are. When my gen­er­a­tion set off for youth­ful ‘‘over­seas ex­pe­ri­ence’’, par­ents had to be con­tent with a post­card or aero­gram which could be a month or so wing­ing its way to the fam­ily’s front gate let­ter box.

To­day we re­ceive cor­re­spon­dence in­stan­ta­neously in a va­ri­ety of forms. One would as­sume tech­nol­ogy would more than keep abreast of the lifestyle choices of peo­ple like me who man­aged to live a full pro­duc­tive life pre www. Another as­sump­tion might be that the down­turn in re­ceiv­ing mail via a let­ter­box is the rea­son New Zealand Post is cut­ting back its ser­vices.

To be hon­est I have not re­ceived mail from any re­cep­ta­cle at my front gate most of my adult life. A


qui­etly re­dun­dant ru­ral de­liv­ery can­is­ter which got bowled over in a bold let­ter­box hit and run out­side my last home was as close as I have got.

How­ever, it is iron­i­cal and frus­trat­ing when pur­chas­ing online, a phys­i­cal ad­dress for a postal not courier run is a re­quire­ment.

Re­cent de­liv­ery bat­tles to pro­cure doc­u­ments such as a driver’s li­cense, credit cards, and busi­ness lo­ca­tion on Google Maps show com­pa­nies can­not cope with the evo­lu­tion of the lifestyle of baby boomers.

They re­quire a postie to de­liver to a residential de­liv­ery point. Now there’s an idea!

● Ann Mann was a Queen­stown pub­li­can and now owns a wed­ding and event cater­ing busi­ness. She is heav­ily in­volved in the Wakatipu com­mu­nity.

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