Paper Plus now doubles as post office
You can post a parcel in the Porirua CBD again.
After the closure of the city centre post office in early 2013 and the subsequent move to the MegaCentre, there was nowhere to post parcels domestically or internationally in the CBD.
Richard Bateup, owner of Paper Plus North City, in the shopping centre, said he had been in almost constant contact with New Zealand Post since the closure of the CBD post office.
‘‘We’ve been here nine years and have the ability to offer another service,’’ he said. ‘‘ A couple of months back New Zealand Post got in touch. It was not a hard decision for us to make.’’
Last Thursday, a magazine rack was moved and the red and white New Zealand Post livery went up behind the counter. Existing Paper Plus staff were trained to offer postal services.
You can buy stamps and post parcels and letters, but banking, paying bills and getting car registration renewed won’t be offered at this stage. Customers can do mail redirection and mail holds there.
Bateup said it was not a disruption to his business.
He and wife Juliet previously ran a Books and More shop, so the postal part of the business is not new for them.
‘‘It’s just a quick rejig of how the shop looks and some training. This is a simple exercise because we’re only really becoming a postal centre.’’
He said it would increase foot traffic into his store, and said initial feedback was positive for mall users and people wanting to post something in the city centre.
Bateup said the small cost to set up would pay for itself quickly.
New Zealand Post spokesman Richard Trow said the organisation’s preferred operation today was postal centres inside existing businesses.
Paper Plus is the third such example in Porirua, after Mana Esplanade’s post shop moved into Small Business Accounting’s premises last year, and another opened at the Aotea Foodmart in Aotea Dr recently.
Trow said the contract with Paper Plus worked well for both parties.
‘‘It’s a great opportunity for local retailers to keep providing a post service in the community,’’ he said.
‘‘Demand keeps changing and it won’t affect us having the main store at the MegaCentre.’’
Paper Plus North City owner Richard Bateup with the New Zealand Post offerings behind.