Hundreds sign post-shop petition

Popular petition . . . Brother Graeme Donaldson collects signatures in King Edward St on Friday protesting the planned closure of the South Dunedin Post Shop. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD

Public support for New Zealand Post’s South Dunedin branch continues to grow, with hundreds signing a petition urging its retention.

Last month, Kiwibank and New Zealand Post announced plans to close four joint branches in Dunedin – Moray Pl, Dunedin North, Mosgiel and South Dunedin.

Shortly afterwards, South Dunedin Business Association chairman Craig Waterhouse helped launch a petition calling for the South Dunedin Kiwibank and NZ Post branch to remain.

He said the branch’s closure would reduce people’s access to services such as paying bills and car registration.

“It is very well used, and I think it is appalling they are looking at closing it.”

Supporters were out on the streets last week collecting signatures for the petition, which closed on Friday.

Among them was octogenarian Brother Graeme Donaldson, who was outraged at the closure plans on behalf of elderly customers who needed post shop services.

“It is a hub of South Dunedin – over 500 people pay accounts daily and do business transactions there,” he said.

The response to the petition from passers-by had been very positive, with hundreds stopping to sign.

Copies of the petition had also been placed at “every shop and business from the Oval to the beach”, Br Donaldson said.

Contacted by The Star, Mr Waterhouse said he had been collecting the pages of the petition and had received more than 100 pages so far, each with about 30 signatures.

This equated to about 3000 signatures, and more petition pages were arriving each day.

It should be known by the end of the week how many signatures would be handed over to Dunedin South MP Clare Curran to present, along with the online petition, to Parliament, Mr Waterhouse said.

“I suspect we will have over 10 times more written signatures than online signatures, which is an indication of the low internet connection rate amongst the South Dunedin population, making it even more important that we retain the full services of the KiwiBank /NZ Post Shop in South Dunedin,” he said.

Contacted by The Star, Ms Curran’s office said the MP was seeking a meeting with Kiwibank about the closures.