Post box pe­ti­tion gath­ers steam

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

More post boxes are slated for re­moval in Tawa and Porirua, as a pe­ti­tion gath­ers sig­na­tures to get a new box for Can­nons Creek.

Mana MP Kris Faafoi said his of­fice had re­ceived dozens of com­plaints about the re­moval of the Can­nons Creek box, which was taken out of the Four Square shop by the new own­ers in April.

New Zealand Post has said it does not want a box in the street – pre­vi­ous boxes have been van­dalised – and at­tempts to find a re­place­ment PostCen­tre op­er­a­tor had been un­suc­cess­ful.

Faafoi has or­gan­ised a pe­ti­tion, call­ing for another post box some­where in the sub­urb, and it has al­ready gath­ered hun­dreds of sig­na­tures.

He said trans­port was an is­sue for res­i­dents in eastern Porirua, and trav­el­ling to the Z ser­vice sta­tion in Mungavin Ave or Wai­tan­girua to post a let­ter or doc­u­ments might not be pos­si­ble for some.

‘‘ Once we’ve got 1000 sig­na­tures, we’re go­ing to present it to New Zealand Post,’’ he said.

‘‘I don’t think they re­alise how much peo­ple need it for ev­ery­day post­ing and for things like next year’s lo­cal body elec­tions, which is a postal vote.

‘‘The com­mu­nity want it [a box] back and this pe­ti­tion will be a sym­bol of that.’’

His ef­forts come as post boxes are be­ing taken away from sev­eral lo­ca­tions in the Porirua basin.

Fol­low­ing in­quiries from Kapi-Mana News, New Zealand Post spokes­woman Lisa McDon­ald con­firmed two would be re­moved from Tawa in com­ing weeks, at 137 Main Rd and 16 Larsen Cres.

That will leave three post boxes in the sub­urb, at 181 Main Rd, 56 Red­wood Ave and 36 Ox­ford St.

McDon­ald said two post boxes would be re­moved from Whitby, at 53 Spin­naker Drive and 106 Omapere St, and two from Ti­tahi Bay, at 8 Kapiti Cres and 20 Bay Drive.

The clos­est to those be­ing re­moved from Ti­tahi Bay is in Whitehouse Rd.

Faafoi and his team have been out in force at the Satur­day mar­ket in Porirua, gath­er­ing sup­port for a Can­nons Creek post box.

You can also add your name to pe­ti­tion forms at Pa­cific Seafoods, the phar­macy and Porirua Union and Com­mu­nity Health Ser­vice.

The fact peo­ple in Aotea got a post box put in re­cently was con­trary to the at­ti­tude New Zealand Post had taken in Can­nons Creek, Faafoi said.

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