Let­ter writ­ers miss mail­box

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

Park­side Vil­las res­i­dents be­lieve in the old way of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, where you write let­ters and send cards to keep in touch with friends and fam­ily.

While they ac­cept that we live in an age where tech­nol­ogy is ad­vanc­ing fast and tex­ting and email­ing is be­com­ing the ac­cepted form of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, they still want to be able to send mail the tra­di­tional way.

Res­i­dent Mar­garet Wif­fin sends mail at least once a week and was hor­ri­fied when she went to the post­box on Sta­tion Rd only to find it had been taken away.

Ac­cord­ing to New Zealand Post post­box is un­der used.

Now Park­side Vil­las res­i­dents want a post­box es­tab­lished in close prox­im­ity to their vil­lage.

In 2008, the Park­side Body Cor­po­rate com­mit­tee wrote to New Zealand Post to see about the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing a post­box put up within the gates of the vil­lage. Their re­quest was de­nied straight away. Mem­bers have also asked if New Zealand Post would con­sider putting a box up at New World, that re­quest was de­clined too.

Now they are just want­ing a box to be es­tab­lished within close prox­im­ity to the vil­lage so it is within walk­ing dis­tance and is avail­able for all res­i­dents in the area to use.

‘‘The point is they have re­moved the only

the mail­box on this side of the rail­way tracks,’’ Mrs Wif­fin said. ‘‘Not ev­ery­one has ac­cess to a com­puter and not ev­ery­one wants to com­mu­ni­cate that way ei­ther.’’

New Zealand Post was ap­proached for com­ment but did not re­spond be­fore the Chron­i­cle went to print.

Where’s it gone? Mar­garet Wif­fin stands in the spot where a post­box was lo­cated on Sta­tion Rd. It was taken away last week.

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