Postal Address File (PAF)

The Postal Address File (PAF) is New Zealand’s most complete and up-to-date database of postal addresses. It’s designed to help you maintain top quality mailing lists, reduce returned and undelivered mail, and improve your data capture and management.


With approximately 1.8 million delivery points, The Postal Address File (PAF) is New Zealand's most complete and up-to-date database of postal addresses.

The PAF can be used to cleanse your address data and assists in maintaining top quality mailing lists. This can assist in reducing returned and undelivered mail and to help meet Volume Mail requirements.

The PAF gives the option of allocating a Delivery Point Identifier (DPID) to each address. The DPID is a unique number of up to seven digits which makes it easier to manage addresses and simplifies the mail preparation process.

Using a DPID, you will be able to:

  • assign the correct postal address on each mail piece with 100% accuracy.
  • relate customer databases together quickly and accurately
  • create a single view of your customer
  • help remove duplication in your database
  • matching third party lists to your database for prospecting and direct marketing campaigns

For detailed postcode network maps showing urban and rural postcode boundaries and box lobby locations see the Postcode Network File (PNF).

How to access the Postal Address File (PAF)

If you pay the annual licence fee you can access PAF as often as you like and get quarterly updates. There are two types of licences:

  • Base licence: for use within your organisation without direct product support from NZ Post: $1000
  • Commercial licence: for use if you want to incorporate the data within commercial products or receive comprehensive support from NZ Post: $3000
  • Upgrading from Base to Commercial PAF? If you are an existing Base PAF customer you can upgrade your licence to Commercial PAF at a reduced rate. Instead of paying the full price, a pro-rata price will apply depending on the number of data releases you have remaining. You will pay $500 + GST per remaining release. For example if you have two remaining Base PAF releases the upgrade fee will be $1000 + GST. Please talk to our team if you are interested in upgrading.

All prices are in New Zealand dollars and exclude GST.

Terms and conditions

Full terms and conditions are available in the PAF licence agreement (PDF - 90KB).

Please note that no amendments proposed by you apply, unless different terms are specifically agreed with you by one of our General Managers.

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