Wading through knee-deep mud to minimise disruptions in Takaka and Collingwood deliveries

16 December 2011

Road closures and slips in the Tasman district will prevent or delay mail deliveries to some addresses for the second day running.

Takaka and Collingwood continue to be the communities most affected – with a section of the road between these two centres having been washed away by floods.

New Zealand Post spokesman Michael Tull says teams are working every possible angle to minimise disruption. The situation today is as follows:

Takaka RD 1: “Most addresses in the Takaka RD 1 delivery area should receive mail today – albeit at unusual times as we’re timing our deliveries early in the morning and at night to avoid high tides.”

Takaka RD 2: “Our person who delivers mail to addresses in the Takaka RD 2 delivery area is going to extraordinary lengths today to get the mail
through. There was no way he could get his vehicle through to Takaka to pick up the mail, so he’s tramping through to Takaka on foot over farm land – which at times means he’s literally knee deep in mud – so he can sort the mail then carry it back through the knee-deep mud to his vehicle to do deliveries.

“There’s only so much a man can carry – so large parcels, circulars and newspapers will have to wait til another day. But letters and small packets will get through today to Takaka RD 2 addresses today – albeit a bit later in the day than usual.”

Collingwood RD 1: “Our person who delivers mail to addresses in the Takaka RD 2 delivery area isn’t able to get his vehicle through to Takaka
to pick up mail. They’re hoping get a tractor and trailer unit whjich they can drive across farm land to Takaka later this morning to pick up their mail.

RD 1 Richmond: “Aniseed Valley is closed which affects 50-60 customers and with major detours in place it means that customers on this round will be receiving delayed deliveries.”

“We apologise for any inconvenience to customers, but I hope they can see from the above that we really are trying to find ways to get their mail through,” Michael Tull said.

“Our Posties, Rural Delivery contractors, CourierPost drivers and admin teams are pulling out all the stops to try to ensure that mail is delivered, collected and processed in as timely a fashion as possible.”