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A patch of bare earth shows where residents of Bainswood on Victoria resthome used to post their letters and cards to stay in contact with family and friends all over New Zealand.

Some residents say a decision by New Zealand Post to relocate post boxes in Rangiora was taken too quickly and wasn’t communicated properly.

Following intervention by Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey, a representative of New Zealand Post will hear residents’ concerns at a public meeting called by Doocey on Friday 7 October at 10.30am at the Rangiora RSA at 82 Victoria Street.

“As the local Member of Parliament, I have been approached by a number of residents who are unhappy about the level of consultation in relocating several post boxes around Rangiora,” Doocey said. “I have requested a representative from New Zealand Post to meet with residents to answer their questions and concerns.”

Doocey said he was gratified that Ross Newton, Head of New Zealand Post, Canterbury, was coming to Rangiora personally to hear concerns.

The MP said he has been meeting with resthome residents around the electorate. “I am hearing people don’t feel they were consulted.”

Bainswood on Victoria resident Mrs Anne Tull said she heard about the removal of the post box from fellow resident Mrs Helen Dunn.

Helen said when she rang the call-centre number for New Zealand Post, it was suggested she started a petition to retain the post-box.

“These are older people. It shows an uncaring situation and that people don’t matter. I feel for the residents,” Helen said.

Doocey said he would be personally delivering flyers to resthomes in Rangiora and advertising the meeting to ensure as many concerned residents were advised about this opportunity to talk directly to a New Zealand Post representative.

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