Mushrooming clus–ters of letterboxes in a Wakatipu subdivision are expected to grow, stretching the patience of some residents.
More of the quirky roadside clusters at Atley Downs and Morning Star Terrace in Arthurs Point are planned for next year.
Touted as a response to the area’s growing population, the aim is to give residents more flexibility with their postal service needs.
Not everybody is thrilled.
An Arthurs Point developer Chris Streat says the clusters are an inconvenience, and he’s bemused why New Zealand Post doesn’t treat Arthurs Point as residential with house-by-house delivery: “You have to wonder why we get less service here than the rest of NZ,” he says.
Streat says he’s in talks with NZ Post, which has agreed to a submission to review future clusters.
NZ Post media communications manager Michael Tull says the growing population at Arthurs Point is more likely to lead to an increase in letterbox clusters, rather than a reduction.
“As the number of houses has grown we’re looking at the number of sites we’ve got. Early next year we’re going to look at the number and location. We are looking to establish some additional sites.”
Smaller clusters nearer the houses and streets they represent would be better, Tull says.
In some cases, to-the-door delivery is possible – if a property is in an area where an existing rural delivery service passes and the mailbox can be easily and safely accessed.
Tull says the area doesn’t have sufficient population to support a postie for door-by-door deliveries.
While some view the letterboxes as quirky, even a tourist attraction, not all residents hold that view.
An Arthurs Point homeowner says letterbox clusters are confusing, and even the postie has issues figuring out which mail goes to which box.
“It’s alright for the people who drive past and have a chuckle, but not so much when you’re living outside a number of joke-shaped mailboxes.”