Confirmation New Zealand Post was changing mail delivery
targets before the local body elections next month will not
impact on voting.
Earlier this week, the state-owned enterprise said it was
changing the national target time for standard post ''across
town'' delivery from one day to three days, from October 7.
This was due to falling mail volumes prompting the
consolidation of its mail processing network, which included
the loss of 73 jobs from the Dunedin Mail Centre when it
closes next year.
Enrolment Services national manager Murray Wicks told the
Otago Daily Times the move would not affect local body
elections with the postal ballot to close at noon, on
Saturday, October 12.
NZ Post had kept the Electoral Commission ''fully briefed''
about the changes, he said.
Some people in cities might receive their postal ballots ''on
day two and three rather than day one'', but changes would
not affect voting papers being sent back, Mr Wicks said.
EPMU postal industry organiser Joe Gallagher said the move by
NZ Post was a ''predictable result'' from closing half of its
major mail processing centres.
NZ Post has proposed other cuts to its services, including
reducing postal delivery to three days a week.
Despite some decline in the amount of mail NZ Post was
processing, it remained profitable and ''these drastic cuts
are unnecessary'', he said.
''New Zealand Post is a vital public service that millions of
Kiwis rely on to stay connected to their families, their
communities and their customers.''