NZ Post shift a bad de­ci­sion, some say

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Canopies busi­nesses will suf­fer from last week’s re­moval of the cen­tral PostShop to Me­ga­Cen­tre, city lead­ers say.

De­spite A4-sized posters on the 3 Serlby Place shop this month ad­vis­ing its move, let­ters sent to many cus­tomers and an ar­ti­cle in the Kapi-Mana News in Novem­ber, the first many peo­ple knew of Fri­day’s move was work­men re­mov­ing the Ki­wibank ATM last Thurs­day.

The new PostShop and Ki­wibank opened yes­ter­day at 2-10 Sem­ple Place, near Bond & Bond. The NZ Post-owned build­ing in Serlby Place did not meet the com­pany’s earth­quake stan­dards.

Mana MP Kris Faafoi says he was not in­formed of the move and did not re­ceive a let­ter as a post of­fice cus­tomer.

Mr Faafoi is wor­ried about the dis­tance peo­ple will have to travel to reach the new shop, with no weather pro­tec­tion and many roads to cross along the way. ‘‘Not ev­ery­one has a car.’’ He fears the move is per­ma­nent and NZ Post plans to sell the Serlby Place build­ing.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said the move will hurt CBD busi­nesses at a time when the coun­cil is try­ing to in­ject life into the Canopies.

‘‘Tak­ing out a ma­jor at­trac­tor of peo­ple when you’re try­ing to re­vi­talise the city cen­tre and putting it over in Me­ga­Cen­tre un­der­mines what we’re try­ing to do.’’

The abil­ity of Porirua res­i­dents to ac­cess ser­vices such as bill pay­ments seems unim­por­tant to NZ Post, he said.

‘‘It shows lack of re­spect for Porirua res­i­dents, to be hon­est.’’

Wind­mill bak­ery owner Michael Thomas said there was no con­sul­ta­tion be­tween NZ Post and sur­round­ing busi­nesses about the move.

‘‘ It’s to­tally a post of­fice de­ci­sion, and not even a lo­cal de­ci­sion.’’

A move to North City Shop­ping Cen­tre would have been bet­ter than leav­ing the main CBD al­to­gether, Mr Thomas said.

‘‘It’s what you ex­pect from a cen­tral busi­ness district. Take out your post of­fice, well then you re­move the cen­tre of your town.’’

Me­ga­Cen­tre was the most suit­able lo­ca­tion NZ Post could find in Porirua, NZ Post spokes­woman Jaimee Burke says.

‘‘ The new lo­ca­tion at the Me­ga­Cen­tre is about 850 me­tres away in a well-es­tab­lished com­mer­cial area with park­ing.’’

Post haste: PostShop’s move to Me­ga­Cen­tre came as a shock to many last week and will hurt cus­tomers and busi­ness alike, say Mana MP Kris Faafoi and Porirua mayor Nick Leggett.

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