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  Reply # 1847771 16-Aug-2017 21:03
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I disagree with most posts. Snail mail is being eaten by email, thats not new, so why the bagging? They could have been smart and innovative and canned snail mail 10 years ago, then I imagine most of you bagging it then too? Its a transition, pure and simple. It will be good, then fade, its natural. 

 

 

 

 

There is still a place for normal mail, and infact it is required for things such as address verification for a start. Banks (especially big overseas ones) can do much of their correspondence via mail. I fyou write an overseas bank an email. they don't reply via email, instead they have to write you a letter, as that ismore secure. Also a lot of people don't have email, especially older people. Also it is needed for elections, as well as postal voting. Imagine the government trying to keep all their email lists up to date, as people move between ISPs and mail providers. If it had to be done with couriers, it would require huge fluctuations of staff at certain times of the year, or big delivery delays.

 

The problem is that couriers are really inefficient, as you have duplicate people all covering the same area zig zagging around the area.  They could have worked out a way to deliver everything in one trip to a house, going past once a day. Not sure how they are dealing with it overseas. The other option could be pickup spots for both mail and parcels, like PO boxes, which avoids having people actually delivering stuff.


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  Reply # 1847773 16-Aug-2017 21:09
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People change house more often than they change email address. Govt handles that poorly as it is anyway. At least a change of email address will usually bounce rather than be binned by the new person at the address the person used to live at.

 

Just because there are these inefficiant places that still put information on paper as a temporary means to take it somewhere else doesnt mean that nzpost should be expected to operate at a loss to keep them moving information that way.





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  Reply # 1847809 16-Aug-2017 22:47
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People change house more often than they change email address. Govt handles that poorly as it is anyway. At least a change of email address will usually bounce rather than be binned by the new person at the address the person used to live at.

 

Just because there are these inefficiant places that still put information on paper as a temporary means to take it somewhere else doesnt mean that nzpost should be expected to operate at a loss to keep them moving information that way.

 

 

We do have strict laws with mail though, such as mail has to be returned to sender and can't be opened. So if someone has moved, it will either be forwarded on, or returned back to sender. Email potentially has privacy issues with personal issues being sent unsecured. A lot of private info has to be sent via mail, and is not permitted to be sent via email. 


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  Reply # 1847817 16-Aug-2017 23:20
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It didn't help any when they stopped offering FastPost as an option for parcel delivery a few years back.  There went the FastPost Trade Me business.


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  Reply # 1847849 17-Aug-2017 04:00
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I still remember when Fastpost came out in the 80s. My teacher at primary school thought it was the best thing since sliced bread - although the letters just sat at the post office in town for at least a day or two before they went anywhere.
Sad to see it go, but it's definitely a sign of the times - can't think of the last time I used it personally.

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If it was kept, thats fine also, but it will cost an arm and a leg, as the number of postage stamps to pay the running costs will be very very low. Or create a very low cost budget system, or rewrite the courier system to incorporate it. If a letter takes a week, so be it

 

I hate couriers, they never ring my doorbell, never. Its faster for them to dump and run, its crap.....:-)  Although once he rung the bell, then 5 nanoseconds later kept banging the door non stop. Must have thought it was Usain Bolts house I guess


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  Reply # 1847942 17-Aug-2017 10:19
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Assuming you need to post letters, buying KiwiStamps is one of the best investments you can make, with a historical rate of return of around 8%.





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  Reply # 1848079 17-Aug-2017 14:29
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Great investment till nzpost is no more and they become worthless self adhesive pictures.




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  Reply # 1848258 17-Aug-2017 21:37
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richms: Great investment till nzpost is no more and they become worthless self adhesive pictures.

 

 

 

Yeap, I have heaps of them and I suspect I will never end up using them all. In someways they were a terrible thing for nz post to do, because they could get to the stage were most people are using old kiwistamps that they may have got for 40 cents each, and mailing a letter costs $2 in a few years, so someone has to pay the difference. At least having fast post, I could use them up faster, and get my mail sent faster.


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  Reply # 1848321 18-Aug-2017 08:30
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Probably fair enough - can't remember the last time I used it. Couriers are generally more reliable and faster. There aren't many situations these days when a letter is super urgent, and I don't think you could use fast post on parcels anyway? So kind of pointless. 


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