Pa­per Plus now dou­bles as post of­fice

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - KRIS DANDO

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.’’

PHOTO: KRIS DANDO

Pa­per Plus North City owner Richard Ba­teup with the New Zealand Post of­fer­ings be­hind.

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