We’d had a wonderful day visiting a farm in North Canterbury and I had good intentions of writing a thank you note.
A real one, on a card or pretty paper. One that requires an envelope.
I had just the right card which I knew would amuse our hosts:
But that would have required finding their address and a stamp and remembering to post it so I sent an email instead.
I love getting real mail and take pleasure in sending it but it’s just so much easier to send an electronic message and that’s no doubt one of the reasons behind the expected redundancies at NZ Post:
Annual mail volumes for NZ Post, a state-owned enterprise, have fallen about 30 million from a billion items.
Mr Fenton was reported to have given a state-of-the-business briefing, saying the decline in mail volume was “unprecedented”, with revenue down and costs rising.
It’s not only thank you notes and other personal messages which aren’t going by snail mail. The number of invoices and cheques we send and receive by post has declined markedly as bills are sent and paid electronically.
Just as jobs for horse breakers and farriers were lost when cars replaced horses, fewer people are needed to deal with the post now so much more correspondence and business is conducted via the internet.