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


Watch Out For Your Postie

03 February 2006

New Zealand Post Calls On Kiwis To Watch Out For Their Postie

New Zealand Post is calling on the public to keep an eye out for their local postie in an effort to help reduce the amount of injuries caused by moving vehicles or cars backing out of driveways.

Over the last six months there have been more than sixty posties hit by a vehicle in the line of duty. While many of the injuries were not serious a small number did require hospitalisation.

General Manager of Postal Delivery, Matthew Nant said the issue of posties being injured while out delivering the mail was a considerable one that was being taken very seriously.

"New Zealand Post has a comprehensive health and wellbeing programme that looks to prevent injuries before they occur, however we do have a number of incidents each year where posties are getting injured through no fault of their own. We are asking Kiwis to take special care when going into, or coming out of their driveways and to keep an eye out for their postie and other pedestrians."

As a part of the wider programme to reduce injuries before they occur New Zealand Post is making the wearing of increased visibility vests mandatory for its fleet of bicycle posties, who are part of nearly 2000 posties who deliver mail six days a week.

"While our walking posties have reflector strips on their bags and motorbike posties already wear visibility vests, until now the vests have not been worn by cycle posties. These vests are a tried and tested safety tool used in many other industries in New Zealand including forestry, roading and construction. By making our bicycle posties more visible we are sure that we can reduce the amount of injuries.

"If these vests result in one less injury then they will have been worth it," said Mr Nant.

Peter McDonald, a postie of six years, who broke his ankle last year after being knocked down by a car reversing out of a driveway said it was the first serious accident he has had while on his round but he counted himself lucky.

"While I suffered a broken ankle and some bruising and was out of work for twelve weeks, I am thankful I was wearing my helmet as I have been told it could have been a lot more serious and maybe now with these increased visibility vests and Kiwis more aware of us, injuries like mine will be a thing of the past."


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


ScoopPro: Helping The Education Sector Get More Out Of Scoop

The ScoopPro professional license includes a suite of useful information tools for professional users of Scoop including some specifically for those in the education sector to make your Scoop experience better. More>>

Big Tax Bill Due: Destiny Church Charities Deregistered

The independent Charities Registration Board has decided to remove Destiny International Trust and Te Hahi o Nga Matamua Holdings Limited from the Charities Register on 20 December 2017 because of the charities’ persistent failure to meet their annual return obligations. More>>

57 Million Users' Data: Uber Breach "Utterly Preventatable"

Cybersecurity leader Centrify says the Uber data breach of 57 million customer and driver records - which the ride-hailing company hid for more than a year - was “utterly preventable”. More>>

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

Having A Cow? Dairy Product Prices Slide For Fourth Straight Auction

Dairy product prices fell at the Global Dairy Trade auction, retreating for the fourth straight auction amid signs of increased production... Whole milk powder fell 2.7 percent to US$2,778 a tonne. More>>


Statistics: Butter At Record $5.67/Block; High Vegetable Prices

Rising dairy prices have pushed food prices up 2.7 percent in the year to October 2017, Stats NZ said today. This followed a 3.0 percent increase in the year to September 2017. More>>


Science: New Research Finds Herbicides Cause Antibiotic Resistance

New University of Canterbury research confirms that the active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, RoundUp, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates. More>>


  • Bill Bennett on Tech