Rains delay some Takaka and Collingwood mail

15 December 2011

Unseasonal flooding in the Nelson region has delayed New Zealand Post deliveries to some Rural Delivery addresses in Takaka and Collingwood.

New Zealand Post spokesman Michael Tull mail deliveries will proceed as usual to most addresses in the region today.

“It’s an evolving situation, given that the rains are continuing. But there are a number of street and road closures across the district, and our
instruction to Posties in those affected areas is to take extreme care and only deliver if it is safe to do so,” he said.

The hardest hit area is around Takaka and Collingwood – with the road between those centres closed at time of writing.

As a consequence New Zealand Post does not expect to be able to deliver mail in Collingwood or RD2 Takaka at this stage.


  • Takaka RD 1 - 80% of the delivery route is not accessible
  • Takaka RD 2 and Collingwood RD 1 - Rural Post drivers are unable to reach Takaka due to the Collingwood to Takaka Rd being closed. At this stage it is unlikely any deliveries will be possible today.

Road conditions have also delayed mail deliveries from Nelson to Takaka this morning, so deliveries which do go ahead today will be about an hour later than usual.

“We regret any inconvenience, but believe the delay to some deliveries is merited given the scale of the impact from flooding in the region,” Michael Tull said.

All PostShops in the region are open as usual.