Letter writers miss mailbox
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.