Fast post won’t be missed when it goes

Christchurch Mail - - OUT & ABOUT -

make a profit these days? The idea that ser­vices are all there to make money slowly means that they cost more and more (user pays) with a re­duc­tion in ser­vices un­til only a dec­i­mated, use­less ser­vice re­mains. I’m not say­ing all once gov­ern­ment owned ser­vices should be run ex­trav­a­gantly, but re­mem­ber when NZ ac­tu­ally had ser­vices? When the rail­ways worked and the mail got de­liv­ered quickly 6 days a week? When peo­ple had jobs and ap­pren­tices were trained up for the whole coun­try? Why can’t we see passed this failed trickle down econ­omy where profit is pri­va­tised and debt na­tion­alised? NZ Post – just an­other fail­ure in a long line of once proud ser­vices now ex­pected to run to some pa­thetic busi­ness model that fails again and again!

Ser­vice isn’t used be­cause it doesn’t work. Why pay ex­tra when they don’t do daily de­liv­er­ies at the other end?

In re­cent weeks I have started to write snail-mail let­ters again...the point be­ing that it may help save our postal ser­vice from fur­ther de­cline. I hope I am not wast­ing my time. At least some of us re­ally love to find a hand writ­ten let­ter in the mail box, not only bills. How about more of us start writ­ing let­ters and buy­ing stamps? Each one of us can make a small dif­fer­ence to some­one’s lonely life, and as well col­lec­tively we may just save the postal ser­vice. Would save a few jobs too. Just a thought.

How to cru­cify a pub­lic amenity , Start by clos­ing most of your of­fices so that peo­ple can’t ac­cess your prod­uct, then cut back your ser­vice to 2-3 times a week (and don’t for­get to in­crease the price)! No won­der the Postal ser­vice is im­plod­ing .

MARTIN DE RUYTER

Our read­ers ques­tion whether Fast Post was ac­tu­ally worth the ex­tra any­way.

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