New Zealand Post donates bicycles to Bikes for Madagascar

14 August 2015

New Zealand Post has chosen the Bikes for Madagascar project to be the first community group to benefit from a new scheme to reuse old postie bikes.

28 bicycles have been put aside so far to be donated by New Zealand Post to the Christchurch based group, Bikes for Madagascar, and more may follow. The bicycles will be sent on to Bealanana in Madagascar where they will be used by health workers who need transport to visit patients.

“This is a good cause and our staff will be pleased to see postie bikes that we no longer need reused in this way,” says Ashley Smout, Customer Service Delivery Chief Operating Officer for New Zealand Post. “It’s also the first of what we hope will be many donations of bikes to local community groups.”

New Zealand Post bicycles are decommissioned after five years and are usually recycled as scrap metal. However, under a new programme, New Zealand Post will be giving away more bicycles to not-for-profit groups.

“We take good care of our posties’ bikes, so even after five years of daily use, most of the bikes are in good nick,” says Ashley Smout.

“We’ll look at donating bikes to community groups that can demonstrate a need for them. Groups will also need to show us that they’ll be able to provide ongoing maintenance so the bikes remain in good condition,” says Mr Smout.

Groups wanting to apply for donations of bicycles can contact New Zealand Post by sending an email to sustainability@nzpost.co.nz.