PostShop dither

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

New Zealand Post is no closer to de­cid­ing on new premises for Mana PostShop.

The com­pany de­cided last year to down­size the Mana store, as part of a na­tion­wide strat­egy to have PostShops op­er­at­ing within an ex­ist­ing busi­ness.

More than half the coun­try’s 265 PostShops now op­er­ate un­der this model.

While ru­moured sites for a new Mana fran­chise in­clude BP and New World, noth­ing had been locked in yet, said Tracey Berry, New Zealand Post’s gen­eral manager for re­tail dis­tri­bu­tion.

Progress was be­ing made, she said, but the com­mer­cial sensi- tiv­ity of the process means no up­date could be given un­til an agree­ment was reached with a host busi­ness.

‘‘We will let the com­mu­nity know as soon as we have se­cured [this]. I can as­sure you that we re­main com­mit­ted to ser­vices in Mana,’’ she said.

Mana MP Kris Faafoi re­ceived about 800 replies from a sur­vey he sent to res­i­dents in Porirua’s north­ern sub­urbs, 95 per cent of which favoured the Mana PostShop stay­ing as it is.

Mean­while, Berry said a post of­fice in Porirua’s CBD de­pended on Porirua City Coun­cil’s city cen­tre re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion plans.

The post of­fice and Ki­wibank branch were re­lo­cated to the Me­gaCen­tre in late 2012, be­cause of earth­quake con­cerns in the CBD build­ing.

Berry said the pos­i­tive cus­tomer feed­back to­wards the Me­gaCen­tre store has been ‘‘un­prece­dented’’.

‘‘The Me­gaCen­tre lo­ca­tion is serv­ing many of our cus­tomers well, though we recog­nise oth­ers found the old lo­ca­tion more con­ve­nient,’’ she said.

Kapi-Mana News is aware of some neg­a­tive feed­back con­cern­ing the de­ci­sion on Fe­bru­ary 23, to change the open­ing time of the post of­fice from 8.30am to 9am.

Berry said that was to al­low for train­ing dur­ing the first 30 min­utes each morn­ing.

The store would still be open from 8.30am till 1pm on Satur­days, how­ever.

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