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Cuts won't work say
rural delivery drivers
Post it: Rural Delivery contractors Ray and Debbie Cosgrove, who are concerned
about the future of the rural delivery service in Southland in the wake of proposed
cuts to the number of delivery days.
Photo: MARY WITSEY
By MARY WITSEY
A rural delivery contractor fears for
the future if proposed changes to the
rural delivery system go ahead.
New Zealand Post is considering
reducing the number of mail
delivery days from six to three,
which could have dramatic effects
on rural dwellers and businesses.
Ray Cosgrove, who's owned a
Central Southland rural delivery
business for 52 years, says it won't
''If they cut it to three days, there's
no way we can do it. It'll fall by the
wayside and this is our livelihoods
on the line.''
Not only would the business no
longer be viable, but delivering a
week of mail in just three days would
also present problems.
''We simply wouldn't be able to fit all
of that mail into the vehicle -- and we
can't use trailers. We also haven't
got the sorting containers to handle
that volume. I think three days a
week is just out of the question.''
Mr Cosgrove and his wife Debbie
delivered to more than 400 box
holders a day, some months deliver-
ing up to 30,000 flyers, and they said
it was a huge job. ''We also carry a
lot of freight and deliver everything
from 20-litre containers of drench to
pieces of machinery.''
Rural posties bring more than mail
I'm at an age where it doesn't really worry me. For the younger
ones, who have a mortgage, it would put them out of business.
Postbox problems: You may have to check your mail just three times a week if New Zealand Post goes ahead with their proposal of slashing the delivery days in
half. And that has rural delivery contractors worried for themselves and their clients.
Photo: JOHN HAWKINS 627707073
By LOUISE BERWICK
A rural delivery contractor fears
for the lives and safety of elderly
people if the proposal to cut mail
delivery to three days a week goes
Otago Southland Rural Deliveries
Contractors chairman, and Toka-
nui deliveryman, Syd Stronach,
said if New Zealand Post went
ahead with its proposal to cut the
delivery post from six to three
days it would have a widespread
effect, and not just on mail
On several occasions Mr Stronach
has been delivering the mail
when he has found older residents
lying on their floor, unable to get
up since the day before.
''He would have been there for
days if it hadn't been for the post.''
One man told him he was lying on
the floor waiting for Mr Stronach
to arrive so he could be picked up.
There was not the same presence
of police in rural communities
like there used to be, and delivery
people kept a watchful eye on
their community, often going
above and beyond their job
''I would like to think the majority
of our mail people look after their
Mr Stronach is approaching
retirement, so any mail cuts
decision would not ruin his
livelihood, but that was not the
case for everybody, he said.
''I'm at an age where it doesn't
really worry me. For the younger
ones, who have a mortgage, it
would put them out of business.''
He conceded that mail volumes
were decreasing across the
country, but said in rural
communities the amount of mail
was not decreasing at such a rapid
rate, and the number of parcels
being delivered was increasing.
If the delivery days were cut back
to three, it would also pose a
''There is no way that we would
be able to carry it all in our
vehicles, the amount coming
through would be too great.''
He encouraged New Zealand Post
to look at each area on a case-by-
case basis, because cutting back
to three days may work in towns,
but he does not believe it will be
successful in rural communities.
''The rural people should be
looked at in a different light. The
contractor does a job completely
different in a rural area.''
Communications and Infor-
mation Technology Minister Amy
Adams should consider the cut-
backs carefully, he said.
''Amy Adams has got a big
responsibility, she could ruin
some peoples' lives and a lot of
''For me to sell the business, I
wouldn't have much to sell.
Virtually nothing. Who would
want to buy a three-day-a-week
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