Cam­paign­ers ex­tend dead­line for PO ser­vices pledges

Te Puke Times - - News -

Cam­paign­ers crowd­fund­ing to keep Te Puke’s postal ser­vices where they are, are ex­tend­ing the time peo­ple have to get be­hind their cause.

In Oc­to­ber, Te Puke Cen­tre Work­ing Group an­nounced its in­ten­tion to be­come the op­er­a­tor of postal and bill-pay­ing ser­vices in Te Puke.

If it is suc­cess­ful, the Post Shop would re­main in its Jel­li­coe St lo­ca­tion and the space would also house an in­for­ma­tion and vis­i­tor cen­tre.

Early in Novem­ber, the group launched a Pledgeme page as the first step in mak­ing the idea a re­al­ity.

Set­ting a tar­get of $50,000 the ini­tial dead­line for pledges was Novem­ber 25.

By last Tues­day, al­most $22,500 had been pledged and work­ing group chair­woman Karen Sum­mer­hays says sup­port for the group’s plan is grow­ing.

That has led the group to de­cide to ex­tend the dead­line for pledges un­til De­cem­ber 6.

“The mo­men­tum’s re­ally build­ing now — we had a cou­ple of big pledges [on Tues­day] and we are re­ally ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port we are get­ting.”

Group mem­bers are spread­ing the word on so­cial me­dia and Karen says there was a good re­sponse at last week­end’s com­mu­nity mar­ket.

“I think peo­ple are now go­ing ‘oh yes, this is quite a good idea’.”

Go to un­der Save the Te Puke Post Of­fice or go to the Te Puke Times of­fice, Anann Bar, Na­tional MPS’ of­fice or Te Puke Stihl Shop to leave a pledge form. Money is not be­ing re­quested at this stage and pledges will only be called in if the tar­get is reached.

The planned in­for­ma­tion and vis­i­tor cen­tre would es­tab­lish a pro­fes­sional, neu­tral and cen­tral shared space sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity, vis­i­tors and lo­cal in­dus­tries.

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