Government Releases NZ Post Proposal
Hon Amy Adams
Communications and Information
2013 Media Statement
Government Releases NZ Post
Communications and Information
Technology Minister Amy Adams has today released a proposal
from New Zealand Post seeking to allow greater flexibility
in the postal services it provides.
"During the last 10
years mail volumes have dropped considerably, with 265
million fewer items being posted each year compared to 2002.
Within five years, mail volumes are forecast to be nearly
half what they were in 2002," Ms Adams says.
"In light of
those significant reductions in mail volume, New Zealand
Post is seeking to make changes to the Universal Service
Obligations it is bound by.
“New Zealand Post has
advised me that it considers changes are needed to ensure a
sustainable postal service in the 21st century.
change would require Government approval, and before
deciding what, if any, changes to make, I want to give the
public the opportunity to comment on the proposals.
deciding whether to accept or reject the proposal or seek to
negotiate a compromise, I will look to balance the interests
of postal users with the need to ensure a financially-viable
New Zealand Post’s proposed changes
include having the flexibility to reduce the number of days
mail is delivered to a minimum of three days a week and
introducing more self-service kiosks.
requirements for New Zealand Post are set out in the Deed of
Understanding it signed with the Crown in 1998. The Deed has
not been significantly reviewed since it was signed.
view New Zealand Post’s proposal and to make a submission
go to: http://med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/technology-communication/postal-policy/consultation-on-proposed-changes-to-new-zealand-posts-deed-of-understanding
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