Federated farmers president Bruce Wills reckons farmers could live with a reduction in rural mail deliveries to three or four times a week.
NZ Post is facing declining volumes of mail as more correspondence and business is done through the internet.
Few will be worried if it takes another day or two to get bills and most are sent electronically anyway.
The biggest losers from a reduced service will newspapers which are delivered with the mail.
Our paper doesn’t get here until early to mid afternoon by which time we’ve got most of the news on the radio or internet. There would be little point getting a paper at all if the contents are at least two days old.
However, with the threat to readership also comes an opportunity – if NZ Post isn’t going to deliver mail six days a week as it does now, someone else could.