NZ Post weighs its op­tions in Mana

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

New Zealand Post is in ne­go­ti­a­tions with more than one po­ten­tial fran­chisee to open a smaller scale PostShop in Mana, it was re­vealed last week.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion had rep­re­sen­ta­tives at two pub­lic meet­ings at St Barn­abas Church last Tues­day, an­swer­ing ques­tions on the shop’s fu­ture.

Down­siz­ing would hap­pen but Holden Ho­haia, New Zealand Post’s gov­ern­ment and com­mu­ni­ties re­la­tions man­ager, said he was in­tent on pro­vid­ing the same bank­ing, postal and bill pay­ing ser­vices as there are now.

He said the process was likely to take three to six months.

‘‘Out of 265 PostShops na­tion­wide, more than half [136] are in the fran­chise model, op­er­at­ing with an ex­ist­ing business, such as Pa­per Plus or Take Note,’’ he said. ‘‘We re­main com­mit­ted to a pres­ence in the Mana com­mu­nity – it will just look dif­fer­ent.’’

Two pos­si­ble sites could be the New World and BP ser­vice sta­tion, but Ho­haia said sev­eral pos­si­bil­i­ties were be­ing looked at.

Ques­tions from among the 25 peo­ple in­cluded if the post boxes would re­main ( they will), how po­ten­tial losses will be cov­ered (they are likely to be shared with the fran­chisee), pos­si­bly mov­ing to Plim­mer­ton or Pare­mata (not be­ing con­sid­ered) and whether down­siz­ing was a cost- cut­ting ex­er­cise.

‘‘No, this is about pro­vid­ing the same ser­vice to the com­mu­nity as we have al­ways done,’’ Ho­haia said. ‘‘In many in­stances, we are not able to jus­tify stand- alone PostShops any more. The fran­chisee ar­range­ment is also bet­ter for lo­cal busi­nesses be­cause they get that foot traf­fic.’’

Fa­cil­i­ties to pay bills, reg­is­ter cars, post let­ters and parcels, and ac­cess Ki­wibank would all be avail­able in the new store, Ho­haia con­firmed.

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