25 protest by buying a single stamp

The fight to save the post office in the Exchange is "not over yet", Save Dunedin Metro Post Shop and Kiwibank spokesman Victor Billot says.

Yesterday's protest at the Exchange branch attracted more than 25 supporters who lined up at the post office to buy a single stamp. The protest followed the Friday demonstration at the Moray Pl post office.

Signatures were collected for the Save Dunedin Metro Post Shop and Kiwibank petition, and an empty chair reserved for New Zealand Post chief executive Brian Roche was outside the post office. Campaigners were still waiting to hear from him regarding the closures.

"I guess he's just a bit too busy to deal with post offices," Mr Billot said.

Metro post office customer Philippa Jamieson said not enough was done to attract customers to the post shop.

She questioned how closing the post shop would help "revitalise the area", as the council was trying to do.

Stephen Kilroy has owned a post office box at the Metro branch since 1984.

He said people paid $160 a year for a box, which should be serviced by a post office. While the post office boxes at the Metro branch would not be affected by the closure, without a post office nearby customers would be "paying for a hole in the wall".

Mr Billot said there would be a public meeting tomorrow night at Dunedin Community House to discuss the next stage of the campaign.

 

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