Whangaparaoa is to lose its Kiwibank and Post Shop, with NZ Post currently looking for a local business to run postal services from.
This is to ensure that those services can continue to be offered in Whangaparaoa – something NZ Post says it is committed to.
The changes follow the news last year, revealed in Hibiscus Matters, that the Orewa Kiwibank and NZ Post Shop were to split, with postal services to be re-located once a business prepared to provide a new base or agency for those services could be found.
A year later, NZ Post is still looking for an Orewa business to partner with.
“We have had some positive engagement in Orewa, however we are still working through due diligence and nothing is confirmed,” the NZ Post spokesperson says.
Last week, a Kiwibank spokesperson confirmed that the timing of the changes in both Whangaparaoa and Orewa are still unknown as, in both cases, Kiwibank is waiting for NZ Post to find a postal partner.
NZ Post head of retail, Mark Yagmich, says while the company carries out its search for a Whangaparaoa business that it can partner with, it would like to reassure customers that there will be no change to services.
“Customer who use the Whangaparaoa Post Shop can still access postal services, and access the box lobbies,” he says.
Once the Whangaparaoa Kiwibank closes, its nearest branch will be in Orewa.