The special significance of the rural delivery service has been recognised in the 2013 NZ Post Deed of Understanding. Read our members' reactions to the news.
"Well done!! Commonsense at last.
I felt for all rural people but especially our mail men and women who often go well beyond their core roles and it was their livelihoods that were going to be drastically affected as well by the proposed changes. Keep up the good work."
"Well done, this will be a relief to many!!"
"That is fantastic news. So pleased."
"This is a great result! Well done to all who were part of the submission."
"I am so thrilled to receive this email tonight re the Postal Service in rural areas.- I feel so elated that I took the time to complete the survey especially after reading your email. It just proves that completing surveys really works and a huge thank you to everyone in your organisation. GO Rural Women!!!"
"Well done - great news. Our mail man will also be pleased."
"Congratulations well done girls it is such a vital service."
"The members of the Rerewhakaaitu Branch are delighted with this news. Special thanks must go to the people in our organisation who have been so diligent in putting the case for rural communities. Now we must make the most of the 'win'.
Liz Evans our national president, speaking on National Radio, about the rural delivery reprieve.
What it means:
Under the updated deed, urban areas may see a reduction to a three day mail service from 2015, but the five day a week rural delivery service will remain unchanged, except on runs that already have a lower frequency.
“In our submission, which Minister Amy Adams has acknowledged, we highlighted that the rural delivery is so much more than just a mail service and anything that threatened its sustainability would have widespread unintended consequences,” says Rural Women national president, Liz Evans.
“It is a wraparound distribution service that is part of the fabric that holds rural communities together.
“Our rural delivery contractors provide a lifeline, delivering supplies, repairs and spare parts, animal health remedies, medicines, and courier parcels.
“The five day service ensures people are able to run their farming enterprises and other rural businesses effectively, even from remote locations.”
Rural delivery contractors also pick up mail and parcels, meaning that it’s feasible to run a production-based business from a rural location. These businesses breathe life into rural communities, as we have seen through our Enterprising Rural Women Awards. Rural Women NZ’s plea to preserve the existing rural delivery service was also based on the limitations of other communications facilities, that urban people take for granted.
“In many rural areas there is limited or no cellphone coverage and we are still dealing with dial-up connections in many cases.”
Postman Pat-on-the Back Awards
Last year we ran a competition, asking you to nominate your favourite rural delivery contractor, and telling us how they go the extra mile. We heard some wonderful stories, and it's worth sharing them again now as we celebrate the news that this service we value so much has been saved.