The removal of five New Zealand Post mail boxes in Nelson this week is a reflection of changing mail-habits, says NZ Post.
It has removed postboxes from the Tahunanui Motor Camp, Suffolk Rd, Tipahi St, Point Rd and the corner of Nile and Domett Sts.
Nelson area manager Rodney Laing said they were removed because they had been identified as having significantly little use.
Laing said the removal of boxes had always been part of the ongoing maintenance of New Zealand Post services and the public was always consulted at least four weeks before one was removed.
''Five of the 83 posting boxes in the Nelson area were identified for removal. Notices were put on the boxes for four weeks telling local residents the boxes were due to be removed and asking for feedback. There was little public response.''
"New Zealand Post makes regular checks on the number of letters posted daily in post boxes to identify those that consistently have a very low volume.''
He said the removal of the five boxes was not indicative of any job losses or related to other changes happening at New Zealand Post.In 2013 63million items fewer items were delivered by New Zealand Post than in 2012.
Laing said the criteria for removing boxes had been in place for many years and had not changed as a result of the significant drop in mail lodged in post boxes.
At the end of 2013 New Zealand Post announced Nelson's standard mail would now be processed in Christchurch resulting in the loss of 20 mail processing jobs.
- The Nelson Mail
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