The days of daily mail delivery are done

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Daily mail deliveries in several North Otago townships are now a thing of the past.
New Zealand Post recently announced plans to switch to alternate day deliveries in Hampden, Kurow and Otematata; Palmerston is also affected by the changes, which came into effect on May 16.
Flyers about the changes were delivered last week.
A spokesperson said the company had been forced to adapt to the ongoing decline in the number of letters being sent and had refocused on its growing parcels business.
“Two contract posties in Clinton and Hampden will no longer have a contract with NZ Post as the work is being picked up by the rural delivery contractors in those areas.”All mail to street addresses will be delivered either on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Mail to post office boxes and express parcels will still be delivered either five or six days a week.
Mail due to be delivered on public holidays will now be delivered on the next working day.
The spokesperson said NZ Post aimed to deliver 95% of mail within three working days.
The changes are a continuation of a nationwide rollout of alternate day deliveries that started in July, 2015, in major towns and cities, including Oamaru.
Other Otago towns that changed to alternate day delivery on May 16 included Arrowtown, Clinton, Kaitangata, Lawrence, Owaka, Roxburgh and Waikouaiti. Clyde will change to alternate day delivery on May 30.
The rollout will continue in other Otago towns over the coming months.
Rising costs, falling profits and a drop in mail volumes led to the change. In February, chief executive Brian Roche said mail volume had fallen by about 60 million letters a year.