Rural deliveries remain

New Zealand Post's Rural Delivery service emerged unscathed from the latest restructuring of the postal company.

The Otago Daily Times yesterday asked NZ Post chief executive Brian Roche how the closures would affect rural deliveries in the south and he was confident the service would remain strong.

Mr Roche acknowledged the rural community relied on the mail service as a ''lifeline''.

''I am confident we can pick up mail and deliver it to those who need it in a timely fashion.''

The Dunedin mail centre, along with satellite services in places such as Queenstown, Wanaka, Invercargill, Gore and Oamaru, will close as part of a plan by NZ Post to keep its business viable as mail volumes drop.

Christchurch will be the only mail centre in the South Island.

Mr Roche, and NZ Post, did not respond to questions regarding the logistics of getting mail from Christchurch to places such as Alexandra and Arrowtown.

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