Com­mu­nity-fo­cused mail back


It’s cheaper, faster and more com­mu­nity-fo­cussed and it’s in Cen­tral Otago now.

That’s the word of White­stone Post fran­chisee Diane Wil­liamson who’s keen to en­hance tra­di­tional mail de­liv­ery across the re­gion.

There was a need for a more per­son­alised mail ser­vice since New Zealand Post cut back its ser­vices and the ben­e­fit was lo­cal mail stayed in the re­gion, Wil­liamson said.

That meant overnight de­liv­ery was pos­si­ble, she said.

‘‘It’s a lo­cal ser­vice. Peo­ple still like that tan­gi­ble feel.’’

White­stone Post has been up and run­ning in Alexan­dra, Clyde and Cromwell for the past six weeks and has its head­quar­ters in Oa­maru where the orig­i­nal postal ser­vice was set up by Mur­ray and Liz Bell.

The Bell’s own White­stone Taxis in North Otago and in 2014 saw a way to en­hance mail de­liv­ery us­ing their taxi ser­vice in the re­gion. That’s how White­stone Post was born. There’s also a third fran­chise, in Palmer­ston North.

White­stone Post guar­an­teed overnight de­liv­ery in the three Cen­tral Otago towns and aimed for two-day de­liv­ery for post head­ing out of the re­gion, Wil­liamson said.

As well as lo­cal de­liv­ery, White­stone Post has an ex­clu­sive agree­ment with NZ Post, which de­liv­ers White­stone Post mail out­side the re­gion.

About a dozen lo­cal busi­nesses had al­ready signed on but the ser­vice was for your ev­ery­day mail too, she said.

Re­ceivers, or post boxes, would be sit­u­ated on Bran­don St and one other lo­ca­tion in Alexan­dra as well as yet to be fi­nalised lo­ca­tions in Clyde and Cromwell.

A stan­dard let­ter cost 90 cents to post com­pared with NZ Post’s $1.

White­stone Post mar­ket­ing man­ager Sa­man­tha Wil­sonCru­den said the ‘‘need was there’’ for lo­cal mail de­liv­ery and more and more peo­ple were re­al­is­ing that.

‘‘[Busi­nesses] want to be sure that peo­ple will get their in­voices within a cou­ple of days.

‘‘A lo­cal per­son is de­liv­er­ing it. It’s not go­ing any­where else. I think there’s a sense of re­lief for peo­ple just know­ing that.’’

White­stone Post Cen­tral Otago would have its of­fi­cial open­ing in its Bran­don St premises at 12pm on June 17.

The pub­lic were wel­come to at­tend to hear and see what it was all about.


White­stone Post Cen­tral Otago owner Diane Wil­liamson.

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