It would be very interesting to know how NZ Post works these days, as there was an increase in the cost of stamps. Plus extra if the envelope is above the standard size.

Recently, it took nine days for a birthday card to go from Pukekohe to Papakura and eight days from Waiuku to Manurewa. Delivery days changed from six days to three, but wait—there’s more! If an extra charge is paid for ‘fast post’ delivery, we can see a motorcyclist deliver fast post mail on unofficial delivery days. Where is the logic in this?

Incidentally, a letter from Waiuku arrived in the UK in six days. OK! We have snail mail delivered by bike, where overseas, mail is delivered by plane! Can’t help wondering too why bills are never late arriving—could it be that personal mail is separated from business?

Beryl Brain, Waiuku

The Post Newspaper contacted NZ Post for a comment on Beryl’s letter. Here is what they had to say on the matter.

We’re sorry that a mail item as important as a birthday card has taken longer than expected to arrive. We have assumed your correspondent is referring to standard mail.The days of the week we deliver standard mail in larger towns and cities have changed. However, there is no change to our service target which is to deliver 95% of standard mail within three working days and in the vast majority of cases we achieve this.

Catherine Maxwell, Area Service Delivery Manager, NZ Post