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.