New Zealand Post became the latest major employer to announce
job cuts as it closes its Datamail centre in Petone,
Wellington, at the cost of 70 jobs, and axes 30 jobs in
Datamail, which prints junk mail for advertisers, will close
the Petone site in mid-2014, and will offset the cuts with
the creation of 30 new positions in its Christchurch Datamail
The company is investing in new printer technology and no
longer needs as many machines to meet demand, so is closing
one of its three sites.
The announcement follows reports that Contact Energy, the
largest listed electricity company on the NZX, will cut its
1100 workforce by 10 percent as part of a $40 million
cost-cutting drive, and 192 job losses at an unprofitable
Oamaru wool-spinning operation.
"While the number of printers will reduce, the capacity will
increase," said NZ Post spokesman John Tulloch in a
"Our major competitors have this technology and not keeping
pace would risk Datamail losing customers and not being able
to provide the product range the market demands."
NZ Post chief executive Brian Roche announced earlier this
month that NZ Post wants to renegotiate its mail service
agreement with the government, to reduce six day a week
residential postal deliveries to three days a week, as it
faces declining mail volumes.