Pareora is a long way from Paeroa

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 05:00 25/03/2014
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WHICH TOWN? Pareora woman Nola Watson wants to know why so many letters intended for her are sent to the mail centre in Paeroa.

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A Pareora woman is fed up with her letters constantly ending up in Paeroa.

Nola Watson, who lives in the township just south of Timaru, said at least six letters in the last four months, which were addressed to her, somehow ended up in the mail centre at Paeroa.

"It seems to keep happening too often. I'm a bit sick of it, as most of the time the handwriting (of the sender) has been really clear, and included a postcode," she said.

"Somehow they end up in the home of the fizzy drink bottle. A couple of the letters had cheques in them. I was lucky I got them back."

Paeroa is in the northern Waikato region of Thames Valley. It has a population of about 4000 and is the birthplace of the popular Lemon & Paeroa soft drink.

Mrs Watson said she had spoken to NZ Post about the predicament. "They told me a machine reads the letters, but sometimes they can't pick up handwriting. I don't really understand it. The cost of postage is going up - they should be looking after their customers better."

She also knew of at least one other person in Pareora whose letters were ending up in Paeroa.

A NZ Post spokeswoman said: "If the customer would like to take this matter further, she could contact our customer service centre through the website".

However, Mrs Watson said she was certain all of the mis-directed letters featured the correct address and postcode. "There's only a slight difference in the names, but I need to keep on their case. Who knows who else this is happening to?"

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- The Timaru Herald

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