Rural post drops down delivery days


From the start of next month, those relying on rural deliveries may have to wait longer to get their mail.

New Zealand Post confirmed that they are making adjustments to rural deliveries in some areas, dropping down from six delivery days to five.

Parts of Nelson and Tasman will be affected by this change, as well as Southland, Otago, the West Coast, North Canterbury, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne.

Currently around 15% of rural customers are on five day delivery but from November 1 this will increase to about 25% as rural delivery will only be available Monday-Friday.

“They’ll continue to be able to send and receive parcels and letters Monday to Friday,” says Mark Stewart, Chief Operating Officer, Customer Service Delivery.

“We’ve been able to maintain a six day service for three quarters of our rural customers nationwide, but in some places, we don’t have enough items coming through the network for a six day service to be sustainable.”

New Zealand Post is in the process of notifying and talking to its rural customers and contractors about the changes.