De­plorable post box sit­u­a­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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.

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