Regular mail service vital

MALCOLM B PEASE
Last updated 07:36 07/02/2013
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Rural communities are worried about the impact of cuts to the country's mail service.
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OPINION: Six days per week, five for some more remote residents, the rural mail can be relied upon to keep all in touch, especially the more isolated communities.

Those New Zealand Post pen- pushers now pushing for cuts back to three days are obviously not in touch with the need to keep our farming communities in touch with the rest of the world.

They fail to see that if services are cut back, the daily newspapers will become obsolete, probably cancelled by most. Delivery costs will grow, and more cuts will be advocated.

The newspaper is still a major part of what comes out regularly, reliably on time, through the faithful posties.

Local farming firms would not bother with the cost of newspaper advertising, as they would realise few farmers will respond to it, so the cycle would escalate, and soon the call would be for two days, even just one day per week deliveries.

Sure, email, the internet and other news sources are available, but very few busy farmers have the time or the inclination to sit goggling a screen, searching for the latest news.

The majority are usually out of cellphone and other range, meaning isolation would escalate.

The huge contribution made to New Zealand's economy must surely be more than enough to deserve the right and the credit to have the mail, newspaper, accounts from farming firms, cheques, and especially family communications coming in freely and on time at least five days a week.

It's going to be interesting how much our local MPs have to say.

MALCOLM B PEASE

Eltham

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