New Zealand Post has announced that from 2015 it will drop back from six days a week mail delivery to only three days. This is only for letters, parcels will still be delivered every day.

New Zealand Post has asked the government to amend its deed of understanding to allow it to change its minimum service obligations. New Zealand Post argues that decreasing letter volumes mean that it will be uneconomic to deliver letters six days a week.

This may be an indication of what will eventually happen in Australia with Australia Post. The CEO of Australia Post has been making loud complaints recently about the loses that Australia Post carries from meeting the obligation to deliver letters. Australia Post wants to increase the stamp fee for a standard letter to 70 cents, but that might only put off the inevitable reduction in the number of days Australia Post delivers letters.

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