30 Jan 2013

NZ Post praised for its consultative approach

7:01 am on 30 January 2013

Rural organisations have complimented New Zealand Post for the way it has consulted them about proposed cuts to its mail services.

But there is likely to be resistance to any attempts to increase rural delivery fees.

New Zealand Post is proposing to reduce mail deliveries to a minimum of three days a week.

Federated Farmers and Rural Women New Zealand accept changes are inevitable with the steady decline in the use of mail services.

But Rural Women's executive officer, Noeline Holt, says reduced deliveries will hit country communities hardest.

She says the regular mail van delivery was an important point of contact in isolated communities.

Ms Holt says New Zealand Post is aware that the cutbacks would have a greater effect on rural people, and she says it is trying to soften the impact.

She said the proposal would not introduce a universal receiver pays rural delivery fee, but would retain the discretion to charge for services more frequent than the basic postal service.

Ms Holt says the state-owned enterprise abandoned previous attempts to increase rural postal fees after community resistance.