The future of Queenstown's mail processing staff is uncertain
as New Zealand Post continues its South Island centralisation
in Christchurch while postage rates go up.
NZ Post announced in June last year it would be moving the
bulk of mail processing operations in the South Island to the
Christchurch Mail Centre. That process is now under way.
There were 63 million fewer items sent by mail around the
country last year, according to NZ Post.
Most Wakatipu processing in the facility in Jock Boyd Pl,
Frankton, is expected to be moved to Christchurch in July,
but there will still be some mail processed there afterwards,
including inbound FastPost mail.
Consultation will begin with the four mail processing staff
in May, an NZ Post spokeswoman said.
''We do not know how many of these jobs will be affected by
the changes. The final number will be confirmed after
consultation has been completed.''
Asked what the options are likely to be for staff, the
spokeswoman said: ''It's too early to say, but relocation is
one of those options.''
NZ Post will maintain its three-day delivery target for
However, the company announced last week the standard letter
rate, or the cost of sending a medium-sized letter by
standard post within New Zealand, will rise by 10c, from 70c
to 80c, from July 1.
Postage to send standard parcels within the country will also
This includes untracked parcels, which will increase by
between 10c and $1 depending on the size of the parcel and
whether it is self-wrapped or in one of NZ Post's
The postage required to send aerogrammes, postcards and
medium and large letters to any destination overseas will
increase by 10c.
The price to send extra large and oversize letters overseas
will increase by between 10c and 30c depending on the
Parcels sent overseas will increase by an average of 4%.
The international economy parcel service will be withdrawn.
These parcels can be sent by international air.