Mail deliveries getting back to normal in most areas

17 August 2011

Postal services are returning to normal in most parts of the country today, after two days of reduced services during the current “50 year” snow storms.

New Zealand Post spokesman Michael Tull says deliveries have resumed today in most parts of the country which experienced reduced services earlier this week, but it is likely to take a few days to ‘catch up’ to normal.

“In some areas the weather created a backlog of mail, which we’re aiming to clear over the next few days. This backlog was created by road and airport closures, post poned mail rounds due to hazardous road and footpath conditions, and the closure last night of some of our largest mail centres – including Christchurch and Wellington.

“Christchurch has been the hardest hit area, and while posties will be back out on the streets today, mail delivery services will continue to be limited in the short term."

It’s likely that Wellington Mail Centre will be back up and running today, and we’re keeping a close watch on the Christchurch Mail Centre situation.”

The following table identifies today’s mail delivery situation:

Region Locations affected Details
Gisborne Gisborne Deliveries will occur, but some mail delayed due to closure of road between Napier and Gisborne.
Wairarapa Ohakune, Raetihi, Waioru, Taihape, Hunterville. No delivery due to weather and transport issues.
Wellington Wellington City, Hutt Valley, Kapiti Coast, Brooklyn, Mt Victoria, Karori, Khandallah, Kilbirnie. Delieveries will occur, but some mail delayed due to closure of Wellington mail processing centre last night.
Nelson / Blenheim Nelson, Richmond, Takaka, Motueka, Blenheim, Picton, Havelock. Deliveries will occur, but some mail delayed due to road closures.
Canterbury Christchurch Limited delivery in all areas. Posties to assess each street.
Lower South Island Dunedin Delivery to all suburbs except hill-top areas.
  Queenstown Delivery limited to flat areas.