Orewa Kiwibank plans split from NZ Post

A proposed split between Orewa Kiwibank and NZ Post could have an impact on local PostShop services.

Staff were informed of the proposal at a meeting on July 11.

Kiwibank was launched in 2002, setting up within PostShops nationwide, but increasingly it is cutting itself free to operate in standalone premises.

A spokesperson for Kiwibank says that the organisation is proposing to open a standalone branch in Orewa, but there will be no confirmed outcomes until consultation is finished.

There are no changes planned for the Whangaparaoa NZ Post and Kiwibank branches, which are in Coast Plaza.

There has been strong community opposition since the Otago Daily Times made it public last month that NZ Post and Kiwibank plan to close four joint branches in Dunedin; the plan is to replace these with one standalone Kiwibank branch and with postal services delivered via arrangements with local businesses.

Four months ago, NZ Post announced its plans to close one of its West Auckland PostShops – a proposal that also received a public backlash. The Westcity Post Shop is to close because Kiwibank, which it shared its space with, wants to operate as a standalone branch.

At the time a NZ Post representative said that the company is moving away from owning PostShops because of decreasing mail volumes. When it does so, it looks for local businesses to partner with.
Currently postal services are provided this way in Silverdale Village, via an arrangement with a local business, Team Rhapsody.

NZ Post and Kiwibank Orewa say they will “keep the community and customers informed as outcomes and timeframes are confirmed. There is no change to current services at this time”.


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