Mana Postshop plans re­vealed

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Mana PostShop will be mov­ing – next door.

New Zealand Post an­nounced last week it had reached agree­ment with Small Busi­ness Ac­count­ing to house the PostShop from July 20.

Postal and bank­ing ser­vices will re­main, ex­cept Ki­wibank cus­tomers will only be able to make over- the- counter trans­ac­tions.

To ap­ply for a loan or open an ac­count, cus­tomers will have to visit Porirua PostShop or use in­ter­net or phone bank­ing.

Tracey Berry, New Zealand Post’s gen­eral manager for re­tail dis­tri­bu­tion, said the new lo­ca­tion was a good fit.

‘‘We re­ceived a lot of feed­back from cus­tomers, specif­i­cally around the im­por­tance of re­tain­ing a Mana lo­ca­tion for postal ser­vices. This of­fers plenty of park­ing with room for the post of­fice boxes, and is con­ve­nient to other shops.’’

Mana MP Kris Faafoi, who ad­vo­cated strongly for the re­ten­tion of a Mana PostShop, was pleased with the out­come.

‘‘For the most part, the com­mu­nity is not be­ing put out to ac­cess the ser­vices it has had for decades,’’ he said. ‘‘New Zealand Post’s busi­ness model is fast chang­ing, but that doesn’t change the fact that our com­mu­nity wanted to keep ba­sic ser­vices in their neigh­bour­hood.’’

Faafoi re­ceived more than 800 replies to a sur­vey he sent to north Porirua res­i­dents last year. Nearly all wanted the postshop to re­main open.

Berry said New Zealand Post would be work­ing with Small Busi­ness Ac­count­ing owner Shayne O’Ha­gan in set­ting up the new site.

It will be busi­ness as usual un­til 5pm on Fri­day, July 17. Ser­vices will re­sume next door the fol­low­ing Mon­day.

O’Ha­gan said his busi­ness, which opened in De­cem­ber, would have an­other el­e­ment to it by adding postal, courier, PO box and bank­ing ser­vices.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said con­sid­er­ing the Rau­mati Beach PostShop was to close, Mana PostShop’s fu­ture was a win for the com­mu­nity.

He also said he hoped a post of­fice in Porirua’s CBD, rather than at the Me­gaCen­tre, would be­come a re­al­ity.

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