Pub­lic begs for NZ Post to change its mind

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The re­sponse has been overwhelming. Now it’s a case of get­ting some­one to lis­ten.

Mana MP Kris Faafoi’s of­fice has re­ceived more than 800 replies to a sur­vey he sent out when he heard the PostShop was to be down­scaled and ser­vices shifted from the premises at 99 Mana Es­planade.

New Zealand Post has not yet en­tered into ne­go­ti­a­tions to merge with an ex­ist­ing busi­ness, as is hap­pen­ing in other parts of the coun­try.

Faafoi said the num­ber of replies was hugely pleas­ing.

The sur­vey re­spon­dents were asked whether they wanted the PostShop to re­main open, how of­ten they used it and what ser­vices they used most.

More than 95 per cent wanted Mana PostShop to stay as it is, Faafoi said.

‘‘It’s a great re­sponse. What I’m get­ting is that the el­derly rely on the ser­vices in Mana and there are trans­port is­sues at play if it’s moved. It’s not just any old shop; it’s very busy,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m aware that New Zealand Post is chang­ing, but they need to be more aware of the com­mu­ni­ties they op­er­ate in.’’

Faafoi said merg­ing the PostShop with an ex­ist­ing busi­ness was un­ten­able, ow­ing to the vol­ume of people through the door.

Jon An­drews, New Zealand Post gen­eral man­ager store net­work, said the pub­lic would be kept in­formed dur­ing the merger process.

He said staff at Mana PostShop had been an­swer­ing sev­eral queries from res­i­dents.

‘‘Some people have got the wrong end of the stick and think we’re clos­ing and not pro­vid­ing ser­vices any more,’’ he said.

‘‘The Mana PostShop will re­main where it is un­til we find a suit­able busi­ness to take over both postal and bank­ing ser­vices.’’

An­drews said it was too early to say if jobs would be lost and that it could take months to find a busi­ness part­ner.

Faafoi said he would ask for a meet­ing with New Zealand Post ex­ec­u­tives in the com­ing weeks with the mes­sage that the Mana store should re­main as it is. Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett will likely join him.

Leggett said New Zealand Post had a case to an­swer.

‘‘I’m blown away by the re­sponse Kris has re­ceived and it says a lot,’’ Leggett said. ‘‘I’m ap­palled at New Zealand Post’s han­dling of this.

‘‘They have told people what is to hap­pen. This is an ex­am­ple of how not to con­sult.

‘‘I don’t cham­pion lost causes and I’m con­vinced we can se­cure a higher level of postal and bank­ing ser­vices in Mana and the city cen­tre.’’

An­drews said New Zealand Post had not heard from Leggett or Faafoi, but would be happy to meet them to dis­cuss con­cerns.

Feed­back: Mana MP Kris Faafoi with some of the hun­dreds of re­turned sur­veys on the sub­ject of Mana PostShop.

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