Mail ser­vice un­der threat

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STE­WART

New Zealand Post is propos­ing to cut mail de­liv­ery to as lit­tle as three days a week to cope with fall­ing vol­umes.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Amy Adams last week re­leased a pro­posal from the state postal ser­vice stat­ing: ‘‘. . . changes are needed to en­sure a sus­tain­able postal ser­vice in the 21st cen­tury.’’

As well as cut­ting the num­ber of de­liv­ery days to a min­i­mum of three, there is also a pro­posal to in­tro­duce more self-ser­vice kiosks.

‘‘Dur­ing the last 10 years mail vol­umes have dropped con­sid­er­ably, with 265 mil­lion fewer items be­ing posted each year com­pared to 2002,’’ said Ms Adams.

‘‘Within five years, mail vol­umes are forecast to be nearly half what they were in 2002.’’

Peo­ple post­ing on the Chron­i­cle Face­book page were con­cerned that fewer de­liv­ery days could re­sult in im­por­tant mail ar­riv­ing late.

Luke North­cott said: ‘‘ What hap­pens to the peo­ple in debt that rely on the postal ser­vice to know their cur­rent sit­u­a­tion . . . it won’t help the com­mu­nity one bit.’’

David McKin­ley agreed: ‘‘Some­times [ you] re­ceive mail with dead­lines for things and ex­tra days in [the] post could make that worse.’’

Other posts said there was huge de­mand for par­cel de­liv­ery that New Zealand Post was not cap­i­tal­is­ing on.

David Drury said: ‘‘At least the courier com­pa­nies will earn from it! If NZ Post doesn’t want it, some­one will.’’

Jim Hekker added: ‘‘There is a good fu­ture in the par­cel busi­ness. Why have NZ Post lost such a big share to the many couri­ers?’’

Any changes to the Uni­ver­sal Ser­vice Obli­ga­tions the postal ser­vice is bound by would have to be ap­proved by the Government.

There would also be pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

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