Thursday, October 24, 2013


The announcement that postal deliveries in urban areas is to be cut back to thrice weekly starting in 2015 will hardly be a surprise to any-one.   It had been long foreshadowed and, just as the biro replaced the quill pen, so it is that e-mail is fast overtaking 'snail-mail' as the preferred medium.    NZ Post is structured to meet the demands of the 20th century rather than those of the 21st century.   Change was inevitable.

As a side bar to all of that I can report that two of the firms I do business with offered me a gift voucher to have my monthly statement e-mailed rather than snail-mailed.    Clearly e-mail is more efficient and effective for them.    

But Government is to be congratulated for retaining unchanged the rural-post delivery service.   It is far more than a letter service and the life blood of rural New Zealand.

Does any-one want to speculate how long it will be before cheques become a distant memory.  Just finished looking at my cheque book.   In the last twelve months I have written precisely two cheques.


Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Don't think I have written a cheque in the last five years. Direct credit is so easy.

JC said...

Its a little sad because we can see the end of the generations who wrote handwritten letters.

Some years ago we inherited the friendship and continuing letters from some elderly rural Brits and Scots.

Each year we receive their letters on how things are going; the handwriting is neat and flowing and totally legible, there are no spelling mistakes and each sentence is a masterpiece of clear thinking about things that matter.

Yes, some of them have email and they use it for "business" but the handwritten letter is their preferred method of correspondence for distant family and friends.

I shall miss them when they are gone.. the last of the letter writers and eventually the posties.


workingman said...

I've been here in NZ and never written a cheque in that time. If someone sent me a cheque it would be bloody inconvenient to get to the bank.

Direct Credit call the time.

watcher said...

"Three quarters of individuals using cheques wrote fewer than 25 a year and half wrote less than 10"

Your are in the minority as usual.

The Veteran said...

watcher ... me? What's your point anyway?

gravedodger said...

I deeply regret the demise of the Pony express.
Growing up in a rural environment where all communications were rudimentary and unreliable I found tales of the riders who traversed The North American continent with documents in saddle bags fascinating and inspiring.

Mail was at a post office 10 miles away by a road more accurately described as a track, accross the river at the Railhead.
Phone was sustained by a single fencing wire strung on Manuka poles attatched to fence posts and shared by seven subscribers, Sunday night particularly fraught. Hours were around 12 hours a day of service. Didn't take much by way of adverse weather to cut the service and repairs fell to subscribers to effect.

That the postal service has survived the communication revolution is, in a word amazing.
The bank that has endured with significant cross subsidisation is now the glue that maintains the network of offices for NZ Post.

Riding wild trails at the gallop was so exciting and inspiring.
These old bones are so glad they can sit in the lazyboy, send and receive information at the click of a button.

Ah well progress, isn't it luverly.

Paulus said...

If NZ Post (chaired by Cullen) stopped pouring money into Kiwibank they would not be so far in the poop.