Kris Faafoi’s prominent banner atop the NZ Post building in Porirua’s CBD is no more.
The Mana MP has been forced to bring it down after what he describes as ‘‘a change in policy’’ from NZ Post. This is despite the fact a banner has been up since his predecessor Winnie Laban erected one in 2008.
‘‘We had a contract with NZ Post, and we’ve been a long-term tenant in the building, but things have changed. Winnie put it up and we just rolled it over after she left. I can see their point and we’ve come to an agreement.’’
NZ Post spokesman Michael Tull confirmed one banner had been painted over and the other would be covered soon.
As a state-owned organisation it was decided a ‘‘politically neutral’’ stance was best, he said.
‘‘Earlier this year we audited the properties owned by NZ Post nationwide, and identified that the Serlby Place property in Porirua was the only one in the country which featured any billboard or advertisement for a politician or political party.
‘‘In the interests of maintaining our political neutrality, we contacted Mr Faafoi and reached a mutually acceptable agreement to have the signage removed.’’
Mr Faafoi is disappointed the contact details for him will no longer be conspicuous.
‘‘It was a good opportunity to let people know where we were, in the city centre.’’