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Residents hand over petition to save Post Shop, Kiwibank Continued from page 1. Newtown Residents’ Association president Rhona Carson spoke of her dismay at what effect it would have on the suburb. “Our combined Kiwibank and Post Shop is a community asset and a community hub where our residents can get help with a wide range of services,” she says. “NZ Post have written to say that they are committed to staying in Newtown but their presence will be through an agency run by another business. “It is dishonest of them to say, as they do, that there will be no change in service. “We have visited a number of agencies and with all due respect to the businesses concerned, they are no substitute for a real post office. “We are calling for political action to change the prevailing culture of valuing profit before community.” Another Newtown representative, Amanda Barber, says members of the government had been silent for three months. “All but one, Grant Robertson, the MP for Wellington Central, ignored our requests,” says

Newtown Residents’ Association members Warwick Taylor and Rhona Carson after handing over their boxes of signatures to Paul Eagle. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

Amanda. “The truth is that these franchises offer a reduced service in unsuitable venues, without room for baby buggies or wheelchairs, benches too high for form-filling, and staff without sufficient training in postal services.” Amanda says their petition extends to also call for a moratorium on all other proposed closures of Post Shops and Kiwibanks around the country. “We are fighting for the most vulnerable in our communities – the unemployed, the low

Wellington City’s economy is in good heart – as evidenced by the findings of the Infometrics quarterly economic monitor for the year to December 2017. Councillor Simon Marsh, Wellington City Council’s Economic Development Portfolio Leader, says the city’s economy is continuing to grow steadily.

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social responsibility under the State Owned Enterprises Act. Paul also believes if the Newtown branch was to go it was not out of the realms of possibility that Kilbirnie’s would as well. “People told me it would never close. So nothing’s impossible.” He promises to lobby Labour colleague Grant Robertson along with Minister of State Owned Enterprises Winston Peters to compel NZ Post’s board to reverse the decision. Both ministers had not responded to emailed requests for comment as of Wednesday.

Wellington economy healthy and growing: report


waged, the disabled, the social housing tenants, the refugees, the mentally ill and the elderly.” The state-owned corporation’s move is based on its management’s claims that patronage was declining but Paul Eagle says there was no evidence of this in Newtown. “There hasn’t been any data other than general data,” Paul says. “I’d go in most days and every time there’s a queue.” He agrees with the petitioners’ belief that NZ Post is not fulfilling its obligation of exhibiting

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the quarter to 4.2 percent and a decrease by 7.5 percent of Jobseeker Support recipients in the year to December. Simon says the city economy faced challenges in the aftermath of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. This included restrictions on car parking capacity due to damage to commercial parking buildings and reductions

in foot traffic in the CBD as large numbers of people were required to work from home or shift offices. “However retailers, hospo people and business owners in the CBD tell me that this year has got off to a very healthy start compared to the beginning of 2017 – our brilliant summer weather has also certainly helped things along.”

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