Postal deliveries may be delayed to parts of Otago and
Southland during the next six weeks, as Dunedin International
Airport is temporarily closed in the evenings to upgrade the
New Zealand Post spokesman Michael Tull said the airport
would be closed to evening flights between February 13 and
March 26. That included a service which normally delivered
letters and packages sent using FastPost, BoxLink,
international priority letters and parcels, and courier
New Zealand Post would prioritise these items to earlier
transport, where possible, during the runway upgrade, Mr Tull
''However, where this is not possible, a delay in delivery
may result,'' he said.
''Items which cannot not be moved to earlier transport will
be trucked down from Christchurch to Dunedin and, as a
consequence, may arrive for processing at the Dunedin mail
centre one hour later than is usually the case.''
Some mail which was transported by truck would still be
processed for delivery on the same day, including all courier
However, the later arrival in Dunedin of mail addressed to
certain parts of the region meant delivery would need to
occur the next day, he said.
Delivery of FastPost, BoxLink, and inbound international
priority letters were expected to be delayed at all postal
services in Waitati, Waikouaiti, Warrington, Karitane,
Palmerston, Balclutha, Kaitangata, Brighton, Owaka, Milton
and Waihola during the six-week period.
All other deliveries were expected to be made as usual,
unless conditions caused further delays for the truck to
Dunedin, he said.
''The time for the delivery of standard mail - mail sent from
one place in New Zealand to another, but not FastPost -
should not be affected by the Dunedin Airport runway upgrade.
''While the runway closure is outside our control, New
Zealand Post apologises for any inconvenience during this
time,'' Mr Tull said.