New Zealand Post to close mail processing centre

New Zealand Post is to close a key mail processing centre thanks to a significant drop in volumes. The postal operator will shed almost 60 jobs.

Some 20 years ago, New Zealand Post had been delivering more than a billion pieces annually but that has seen a steady drop.

NZ Post chief operating officer Brendon Main said, “In the year to June 30, we delivered around 240 million mail items and this number is forecast to continue to decline over the coming years.”

“In line with this decline in mail, we have decided to close the Manawatū Mail Centre in March 2023. All associated mail processing activity will now be done at the Auckland Mail Centre.”

“The most important thing for us is to support our impacted people through the changes ahead. We are engaging with the unions, and where possible we will be looking for redeployment opportunities within NZ Post.”

Recognising the market trends would lead to this, postal workers’ trades unions had earlier signed a ‘just transition agreement with the firm where it will support them in finding other employment, redeploy them or help them learn new employment skills.

This is an ongoing global trend with postal operators gradually changing over to becoming parcel delivery companies and diversifying into logistics. As the industry changes and automates, there will be job losses in some areas and job gains in others.

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