Police continue search for mail

BROOKE GARDINER
Last updated 05:00 24/11/2012

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The amount of missing Queenstown mail could be set to soar as police search more locations.

Earlier this month, Queenstown police discovered thousands of undelivered letters and parcels at the home of a 32-year-old woman contracted by New Zealand Post to deliver mail to the Fernhill and Sunshine Bay areas.

Six days later, an unpaid invoice addressed to the postie for a storage unit in Arrowtown led police to a stash of about 15,000 undelivered items destined for residents of Arrowtown, Lake Hayes, Fernhill, and Sunshine Bay.

Yesterday, Detective Grant Miller confirmed police were on the hunt for more missing mail.

Police inquiries would include the search of a Dart Pl property believed to have been home to a man sub-contracted by the postie to deliver mail on her route.

Mail recovered by police dated back to May 2011, but inquiries by The Southland Times revealed some residents first reported missing mail two years ago.

NZ Post confirmed the postie relieved on other routes in the Queenstown area, but to date has only acknowledged a problem in suburbs for which mail had actually been recovered.

The Times has repeatedly asked NZ Post communications manager Michael Tull to identify those specific areas, as well as releasing the total number of complaints made in the wider Queenstown area, but the questions remain unanswered.

The postie, who has interim name suppression, has been charged with theft and will appear in Queenstown District Court on December 3.

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