From 6 to 3 for NZ Post

New Zealand Post wants to cut mail deliveries from sick six days to three.

. . .The last decade has seen an unprecedented drop in mail volumes. There was 24 percent less mail (265 million fewer items) posted in 2012 than a decade before in 2002. Within five years mail volumes are forecast to decline further, to just over 600 million items – in other words, just 50 percent of the mail volume in 2002. . .

Reduced charges for toll calls and electronic communication and banking have significantly reduced the need for snail mail.

My mother used to spend Sunday evening writing letters to family and friends. I resort to letters or cards I have to post on a very few special occasions in a year.

We still get and pay some bills by mail but most of our invoices and payments are received and sent on-line.

We do though get our newspaper with the mail and if it doesn’t come daily we’ll have to find another delivery service or make do with the digital edition.

When NZ Post started charging rural box holders some years ago companies which wanted junk mail delivered forced them to drop the fee to increase their market.

They might be the ones most affected by a reduction in deliveries.

Junk mail usually goes straight to the bin in our house, it would be even less likely to be read if more came at once because it was delivered less often.

17 Responses to From 6 to 3 for NZ Post

  1. robertguyton says:

    Is your the guy who does the spell checking for you sick, Ele?

  2. homepaddock says:

    No, I just haven’t learned how to cope with predictive typing in iPad.

  3. Gravedodger says:

    An extraordinary dragged out reaction to the inevitable as Email and vastly altered communication advances have eroded the Post office Monopoly.

    All my years on Rural Delivery were 5 days and even 20/30 years ago Saturday delivery seemed a total waste of resources.

    Without the massive cross subsidy in favour of Kiwi bank this step could have been further delayed but finally sanity prevails.

    Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the posties doing another half of the job Tues Thurs and Sat seems a solution made for 2013 and in our case picking up from the PO box every fortnight or so will not be noticed.

  4. pdm says:

    When I was a kid our Rural Deliveries at Mangaorapa (Central Hawkes Bay) were Monday, Wednesday and Friday now it is going to happen everywhere. I watched our postie the last two Saturday mornings – there are 17 houses in our cul de sac and he delivered to no more than 5 each it makes sense to cut out Saturdays.

    What part has Michael Cullen played in the demise of NZPost – first he stuffs the country and then he stuffs the postal service. He is consistent if nothing else.

  5. Viv K says:

    You can read the newspaper online if you have broadband, but at $100 a month for rural broadband that won’t be possible for everyone. Fine for farm owners and managers who can claim broadband fees as a farm expense I guess.
    I heard that Amy Adams doesn’t think taxpayers should prop up NZ post, but remind me how many taxpayer dollars are being spent on broadband.

  6. TraceyS says:

    As something of an environmentalist, I thought you’d be quite keen on electronic communications taking over?

  7. homepaddock says:

    Broadband is infrastructure which enable businesses to provide services. Post is a service.

    It’s a bit like the government building a road which might then allow people to transport goods or set up tourist ventures vs the government making the goods or providing or subsidising tourist ventures.

  8. Viv says:

    I was under the impression that governments should provide services for their citizens, not businesses, however a decent postal system is infrastructure which enables businesses to provide services. Favouring electronic communication favours the well off.

  9. Viv says:

    As an environmentalist I am not in favour of technology which is designed to be obsolete in 5 years and the electricity needed to run internet servers and computers is significant. As someone with a social conscience I am not in favour of a communication system which disadvantages the poor and uneducated.

  10. Mr E says:

    Viv. Does an email have a greater carbon foot print than a letter? Can you back up your statement please.
    My windows 95 computer can still email and could be purchased for free now days. The data cost for a typical email would be a couple of cents.

  11. TraceyS says:

    “disadvantages the poor and uneducated”. That’s patronising, really patronising. I’ve seen first-hand the impact of the Computers in Homes initiative (“poor” and less educated homes that is). The results are liberating for the parents and kids.

    From their website:

    “This educational intervention programme began as a pilot project in 2000, in the lowest-income community in the country, its purpose being to raise the literacy level of children from low decile schools. ”


    “What began as a project to bridge the digital divide has become a notable contribution to social capital in under-served communities.”

    If a kid lives in a tiny state house where Mum seldom cleans or tidies up and stays in bed until 12pm every day, they’re not going to invite friends home are they? But they can connect with others via the internet and can be whoever they wish to be, even if that is part fantasy. Computer and communications technology gave me hope as a kid and it gives many more hope today than it did 30 years ago.

    We have recently left the daily lives of a few very precious kids with precarious futures. But we still keep in touch via Skype, YouTube and Facebook. If it wasn’t for communications technology, there might be the occasional visit – but not enough to make a difference.

  12. TraceyS says:

    Governments should provide services and infrastructure for citizens AND businesses, Viv. Because businesses provide services for customers and employees… who very often are citizens!

    By the way, the postal service is a service, not infrastructure. Communications equipment and infrastructure does become obsolete very quickly, but obsoleteness generally brings with it improvements worth paying for. All infrastructures have on-going maintenance costs. Roads for example become obsolete quite quickly when not maintained don’t they?

  13. TraceyS says:

    Yours frequently is, Robert!

  14. Viv says:

    Yes computers can be great, but they do have an environmental impact and they are not cheap. Who would pay for that state house kid’s computer and broadband connection? It is not patronising to point out that poor people would be less likely to be able to afford access to electronic communication, it’s reality.

  15. Viv says:

    Computers have more environmental impact than just CO2, e waste for a start.While you claim to be able to connect to the internet on a computer running windows 95, I doubt someone could get a new connection on a PC that old. Microsoft do not support operating systems earlier than XP.

  16. TraceyS says:

    Computers in Homes participants get to take home a free PC after several training sessions to give them the skills to use it. They then get six months (from memory) free internet connection. One of the really good things is that the home needs to have a landline. Some don’t before that, with pre-pay cellphones used instead. In an emergency, a child may not have easy access to a phone of any kind to make a 111 call. TV ads, other advertising, and school projects promote the emergency number, but I wonder how a kid feels upon seeing that when they don’t have anything to call with? Desperately vulnerable I suspect. And they are.

    I know NZ does short-change some kids while they are growing up. The State cannot make up for every disadvantage. But growing up poor is something that those who have not cannot possibly experience by looking back at their more privileged upbringing. If you have grown up disadvantaged in some way and survived then you will have some advantages that the better off will never be able to match. Learning to use that bit of ‘mongrel’ in a positive and constructive manner is what is important, not the pity of well-meaning others.

  17. TraceyS says:

    Actually Viv, I don’t give a stuff about the environmental impact when I see what ICT can do to liberate a child within a compromised home environment.

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