New Zealand Post's free postage helps the helpers

2 August 2010

For the 12th year running, New Zealand Post is making postage included envelopes available for community organisations across New Zealand through its annual Community Post programme.

Postal services chief executive Peter Fenton said: "New Zealand Post is represented throughout New Zealand’s communities in many ways. Through Community Post we help the helpers in these communities.

"We're pleased that we can use our postal resources to support the thousands of non-profit community organisations across the country that in turn help Kiwis – in education, health and welfare, sport and recreation, arts and culture and the environment."

This year, another 1.5 million envelopes are being made available to community groups across New Zealand, bringing the total of free postage envelopes to over 12.5 million since the Community Post programme started in 1998.

The programme supports non-profit organisations by assisting them with postage to carry out projects in their region for the benefit of the communities within that area.

Applications open in August each year, and 16 regional Community Post Boards, made up of New Zealand Post representatives and local business and community leaders, allocate envelopes according to local needs.

Organisations wishing to apply for Community Post envelopes, can do so online at www.nzpost.co.nz/communitypost or pick up an application form from their local PostShop. Applications close 5pm on 31 August 2010.