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New Zealand Post Mail Centres Re-Open

New Zealand Post Mail Centres Re-Open

New Zealand Post advises that the Wellington, Waikato and Nelson mail centres have re-opened this afternoon. This follows confirmation from Police that the sample taken for testing from the Eltham delivery branch did not contain Anthrax.

The Rotorua mail centre may also open tonight, though contingency plans are in place to process Rotorua mail in Auckland if it remains closed.

International mail, which was held overnight as a precautionary measure, is now being processed again.

Anthrax Project Co-ordinator Dale Stevens said New Zealand Post expected to have cleared the backlog of mail by Saturday and to return to business as usual.

"New procedures have been agreed with Police to take a more measured approach to any further suspicious substances found in the mail processing network," he said.

"From now on, when a suspicious substance is found in our network, New Zealand Post security staff will make a risk assessment at the scene before determining the course of action.

"Containment precautions will still be taken but we will isolate the immediate area around the substance rather than shutting down an entire facility."

ENDS

For further information Tanya Henderson, Communications Advisor 025 539 882




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