Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Underwater Post Office A NZ Innovation


For immediate release 03 July, 2003


World’s Only Underwater Post Office A New Zealand Innovation

Vanuatu Post, run by Transend -appointed Chief Executive Ian Hollins, has unveiled the world’s only underwater Post Office.

Located in a marine sanctuary in the South Pacific island of Vanuatu and submerged about three metres below sea level, the underwater Post Office is open to both snorkellers and divers and even includes an underwater post box.

Divers and snorkellers who post special ‘waterproof postcards’ will have their cards cancelled/embossed by the postal staff in the Underwater Post Office.

Instead of the traditional method of stamping with ink, the underwater Post Office uses a specially developed waterproof embossed cancellation device to show that the cards have been sent.

Chief Executive Ian Hollins came up with the idea as a way of promoting Vanuatu Post and local tourism.

“The sea is a hugely important part of life in Vanuatu and the idea was to recognise it in some way,” says Ian. “This new Post Office is something very special and is a great way for Vanuatu Post to support tourism.

“It is already becoming an extremely popular attraction in Vanuatu, although we are not sure if we will see underwater Post Offices popping up in seas all around the world!”

The Post Office is operated by four Vanuatu Post staff who have completed their Open Water dive training and is open for at least an hour every day. A special flag is raised on a float above the site when there are postal workers in the water.

The distinctive postcards are guaranteed to receive the special cancellation from the unique underwater reserve before being delivered either locally or internationally.

Transend, New Zealand Post’s international consulting arm, is contracted by Vanuatu Post to provide the Chief Executive until 2005.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>

ALSO:

Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>

Earlier:

Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>

ALSO:

Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>

ALSO:

Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>

ALSO:

Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news