Mail finally to be delivered

BROOKE GARDINER
Last updated 11:33 15/01/2013

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Queenstown residents who have been waiting up to two and a half years for mail will finally have it delivered.

Police have finished cataloguing all of the opened items of mail found on the property and in a storage unit of a Queenstown postie last year.

In November, New Zealand Post contractor Phillipa Lynette Lindsay, 32, was arrested and charged with a representative count of theft in a special relationship after police found more than 17,000 mail items at her home and storage unit in Arrowtown.

The charge relates to the theft of mail between September 2010 and last November.

She entered no plea when she appeared in the Queenstown District Court.

New Zealand Post has since delivered a large amount of the mail but until now the opened items have remained in the custody of the police.

A Queenstown police spokesperson said today that they hoped to release all mail to New Zealand Post by tomorrow. The mail could then be sorted and distributed.

Wakatipu Basin residents lodged 317 complaints about missing mail with New Zealand Post between January 1, 2010, and November 16, 2012. All of the complaints are understood to have been unresolved.

Figures obtained under the Official Information Act show complaints were spread evenly over the three years.

Complaints are understood to have been made at a local branch level as well as through the national call centre.

During the same period there were 101 official complaints relating to the Fernhill and Sunshine Bay areas.

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