Another 10,000 pieces of undelivered mail have been
discovered by Queenstown police.
The mail was found in a room at a storage company in Manse
Rd, Arrowtown, bringing to more than 20,000 the number of
items discovered so far.
A 32-year-old postie, who lives in Frankton with flatmates,
was arrested on Friday after New Zealand Post had reported
its suspicions over the undelivered mail, which goes back to
November last year.
Since Wednesday, police officers and NZ Post staff have been
counting the undelivered mail to reissue to the rightful
owners early next week.
Among the mail was an envelope addressed to the woman's old
Fernhill address from the storage company. This led police to
find an estimated 10,000 further items in the Arrowtown
New Zealand Post would be examining its processes in order to
prevent a recurrence and regain the public's confidence as
complaints from Fernhill residents over lost mail dated back
more than a year.
The company was not "shirking accountability and we're going
to do a very thorough appraisal of our systems".
Police confirmed some of the mail had been opened and they
would be making inquiries with those senders and recipients
who could be identified to ascertain whether any property had
The woman will appear in the Queenstown District Court on one
charge of theft by a person in a special relationship.