Tauranga residents can expect a change to postal services around the city.
In a statement released earlier this week, New Zealand Post has announced the closures of both its Bayfair and Greerton branches.
As a way to continue to provide postal services to the community that up to now have been provided by Bayfair Mall NZ Post and Kiwibank, the organisation is also partnering with Girven Road Pharmacy in Bayfair from October 4.
To cover services in Greerton, a partnership has also been formed with Unichem Greerton Pharmacy at 221 Chadwick Road, who will take over postal services from October 8.
NZ Post Head of Retail Mark Yagmich says in each location the PO Box lobby will remain unchanged.
“Bayfair customers will be able to collect oversize and signature required items from Girven Road Pharmacy rather than the existing Bayfair Mall branch.”
Similarly oversized items, postal services and bill payments will also be handled from Unichem Greerton Pharmacy.
“Until these dates there will be no changes to postal products and services and the box lobby offered at Bayfair Mall NZ Post & Kiwibank, and Greerton NZ Post and Kiwibank,” says Mark.
The postal services currently available at Tauranga NZ Post and Kiwibank in Cameron Rd, Tauranga, will be moved to nearby agencies, including Paper Plus Tauranga, Cherrywood Variety Store, Paper Plus Bethlehem and Unichem Brookfield Pharmacy.
“While we understand this is a change in how people will access postal services, which we recognize are essential to the community, we are having to make these changes in order to operate a commercially sustainable business.
“This model of working with local agents is more financially sustainable for NZ Post, in an ever-changing mix of postal services usage - the decline of mail, versus the increase in parcel services. It’s also good for the local businesses we work with as it provides additional business for them and more customers coming through their doors to pick up a parcel or send a postcard.
“NZ Post provides postal services through local businesses in this way in many of our over 880 postal outlets throughout New Zealand, as a way of being financially sustainable in the face of letter decline.”
The announcement has been met with much strife from those within affected communities.
He says he's frustrated over the changes and believes it will be a sore loss, particularly to the elderly community of Greerton.