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Postie worries about rural future
I'm at an age where it doesn't really worry me. For the younger
ones, who have a mortgage, it would put them out of business.
Postbox problems: You may have to check your mail just three times a week if New Zealand Post goes ahead with its proposal of slashing the delivery days in half.
And that has rural delivery contractors worried for themselves and their clients.
Photo: JOHN HAWKINS 627707073
By LOUISE BERWICK
A rural delivery contractor fears
for the lives and safety of elderly
people if the proposal to cut mail
delivery to three days a week goes
Otago Southland Rural Deliveries
Contractors chairman and Toka-
nui deliveryman Syd Stronach
said if New Zealand Post went
ahead with its proposal to cut post
delivery from six to three days it
would have a widespread effect,
and not just on mail delivery.
On several occasions Mr Stronach
has been delivering the mail
when he has found older residents
lying on their floor, unable to get
up since the day before.
''He would have been there for
days if it hadn't been for the post.''
One man told him he was lying on
the floor waiting for Mr Stronach
to arrive so he could be picked up.
There was not the same presence
of police in rural communities as
there used to be, and delivery
people kept a watchful eye on
their community, often going
above and beyond their job
''I would like to think the majority
of our mail people look after their
Mr Stronach is approaching
retirement, so any mail cuts
decision would not ruin his
livelihood, but that was not the
case for everybody, he said.
''I'm at an age where it doesn't
really worry me. For the younger
ones, who have a mortgage, it
would put them out of business.''
He conceded that mail volumes
were decreasing across the
country, but said in rural
communities the amount of mail
was not decreasing at such a rapid
rate, and the number of parcels
being delivered was increasing.
If the delivery days were cut back
to three, it would also pose a
''There is no way that we would
be able to carry it all in our
vehicles, the amount coming
through would be too great.''
He encouraged New Zealand Post
to look at each area on a case-by-
case basis, because cutting back
to three days might work in
towns, but he did not believe it
would be successful in rural
''The rural people should be
looked at in a different light. The
contractor does a completely
different job in a rural area.''
Communications and Infor-
mation Technology Minister Amy
Adams should consider the cut-
backs carefully, he said.
''Amy Adams has got a big
responsibility, she could ruin
some people's lives and a lot of
livelihoods. For me to sell the
business, I wouldn't have much to
sell. Virtually nothing. Who
would want to buy a three-day-a-
Rural delivery drivers say cuts
will put livelihoods on the line'
Post it: Rural
contractors Ray and
who are concerned
about the future of
the rural delivery
Southland in the
wake of proposed
cuts to the number
of delivery days.
Photo: MARY WITSEY
By MARY WITSEY
A rural delivery contractor
fears for the future if proposed
changes to the rural delivery
system go ahead.
New Zealand Post is considering
reducing the number of mail
delivery days from six to three,
which could have dramatic
effects on rural dwellers and
Ray Cosgrove, who's owned a
Central Southland rural deliv-
ery business for 52 years, says it
''If they cut it to three days,
there's no way we can do it. It'll
fall by the wayside and this is
our livelihoods on the line.''
Not only would the business no
longer be viable, but delivering
a week of mail in just three days
would also present problems.
''We simply wouldn't be able to
fit all of that mail into the
vehicle -- and we can't use
trailers. We also haven't got the
sorting containers to handle
that volume. I think three days a
week is just out of the question.''
Mr Cosgrove and his wife
Debbie delivered to more than
400 box holders a day, some
months delivering up to 30,000
flyers, and they said it was a
''We also carry a lot of freight
and deliver everything from
20-litre containers of drench to
pieces of machinery.''
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