New Zealand Post have announced that the cost of sending a medium sized letter by Standard Post will increase 20 cents to $1 from 1 July 2016.
Prices will increase for both Standard Post and FastPost from 1 July. A medium sized letter sent within New Zealand will be $1 if sent by Standard Post. The cost of sending the same letter by FastPost will increase 40 cents to $1.80.
There will also be increases for some international and business products including BoxLink, FreePost and Bulk Mail. A full list is available on the New Zealand Post website at www.nzpost.co.nz/july2016.
Domestic parcel prices will remain unchanged in 2016.
Rural Women New Zealand National President Wendy McGowan says, “It is disappointing to hear of a price increase which will affect our already stressed rural communities. We encourage our members and community to ensure they are using the correct address format (click here) and if you have any concerns or complaints to phone New Zealand Post’s customer service line 0800 501 501.”
The price changes follow on from the reduction in rural delivery services in November 2015. About six percent of NZ Post rural delivery customers are now on five-day delivery (Monday to Friday) in some rural areas near Auckland, Wellington, Whanganui, Rotorua, Havelock, Oamaru, Dunedin and Invercargill.
Rural Women New Zealand believes it is important for the five day a week rural delivery service to remain unchanged in rural areas.
National President Wendy McGowan says,”Rural delivery contractors provide a lifeline, delivering mail, supplies, spare parts, animal health remedies, medicines, and courier parcels.
“The five day delivery and pick up service ensures people are able to run their farming enterprises and other rural businesses effectively, even from remote locations. These businesses breathe life into rural communities, as demonstrated through our Enterprising Rural Women Awards.”
In many rural areas there is still limited or no mobile phone coverage or broadband connections, “It is important to continue the five day delivery service for rural communities to remain connected,” says Ms McGowan.
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