New Zealand Post is ditching its Fast Post service from January 1.
Customers will instead have to courier letters that would usually be sent via Fast Post for priority mail.
“Only 1% of all mail is sent using this service and during the last year it has declined by 23%,” a spokeswoman said in statement today.
NZ Post said letter volumes continued to drop, at a rate of approximately 60 million items a year, and the change was necessary.
Business customers posting between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch will be able to use a new “priority mail” service.
Standard Post will not be affected, NZ Post said.
The decision to wind up Fast Post signals the end of an era, but also reflects the reality of today’s
postal services, the E tu union said, and the change could mean job
However, the union said NZ Post had told it that it intended to redeploy affected posties wherever possible, as business was booming in parcels and logistics.
“Fast Post business dropped by 23% over the past year.
“On the other hand, demand has surged for parcel deliveries for customers such as The Warehouse, My Food Bag and Amazon,” the union’s Joe Gallagher said.
“While this means change for many of our 500 postie members, there will be opportunities within the delivery area at NZ Post.” NZN