Deplorable post box situation
It is dreadful that there is not a single post box in Cannons Creek.
Among the suburbs that constitute the Eastern ward of Porirua there is no post shop to serve a population of 20,000 residents.
Unbelievably, there are only three post boxes to serve the whole area.
All three are on private land and are not readily viewable from the street.
The distribution of post boxes in Porirua reflects the social class composition of the area.
Compared to the Eastern ward’s three, the affluent Northern ward is served by 10 post boxes (and a post office).
The Western ward holds the middle position socially and in postal services.
New Zealand Post, a stateowned enterprise, operates on a commercial basis, not as the public service it should be.
Before 1987, when the Labour Government, to its shame, created this State Owned Enterprise, the
New Zealand Post Office was a government department headed by a minister.
Not only does the Eastern ward lack basic postal services, but there is an issue of democracy.
Elections to local bodies are held by postal vote. It is hardly surprising that Eastern Porirua’s voter turnout at the last local elections, in 2013, was only 33 per cent.
Until Porirua’s eastern suburbs are provided with a reasonable number of post boxes, the validity of postal elections must be called into question.
Besides democracy, the people of the eastern suburbs, who can ill-afford extra expense, should not have to catch a bus or drive to post a letter. That is an appalling situation. New Zealand Post’s disregard for eastern Porirua reeks of the contempt that the ruling elite have for working people.