Just having a laugh or smirk .
For over 30 years , my small business had a P O Box . From memory , originally it was $60 a year . By the middle of last year , it had gone up to $200 a year . And guess what -- no-one sends mail any more , and even stranger -- courier companies don't deliver parcels to P O Boxes .
So the very , very few companies that still send out letters , and don't send that info by e-mail , I advised to post to my house . No problem . I advised NZPost too . Of course , they took the next year payment out of my account via Direct Debit , but to their credit , they did refund that -- took about 3 weeks and 4 phone calls , but that isn't bad for Almost Govt Depts .
But here's where it gets silly -- CourierPost drops off a couple of parcels or more , each week . So now they have to call to my house , and 90% of the daytime hours , I aren't here . Leave a card . So I go , with ID , and pick up the parcel . Yes , at the Post Box Centre on Anglesea Street . Yes , they store it there , and while it costs me a bit in petrol , my parcels are safe , and they have to run around ( both the courier ,then the mail centre staff ) and find it . All included in the price .
Sometimes the staff even ask me if I want my P O Box cleared while i am there -- as soon as I say I cancelled it , some say 'yeah , like a lot' .
So lets hope their Courier side is making money , and doesn't decide they will make more by putting their price up -- that seems to be their modus operandi -- income is dropping in specific areas , so lets put up prices by 50% to make more money -- then when sales drop by 60% , they'll put up prices another 70% ! They are probably still wondering why no-one sends mail any more . . . . . . . . . .
It's inspirational to meet a family that's taken the plunge to leave the rat race and establish themselves in the country. This couple not only managed to keep their jobs, but also build a stunning house on the Coromandel Peninsula that has caught the eye of NZIA judges.
Kia ora Waikato, it's time to dust off that old camera, get out and about and show the rest of your neighbours your favourite, treasured spots in your region. It could be an awesome view, the shy wildlife or even the old buildings that are wanting their stories to be told.
Go ahead, get snapping and illustrate what's beyond your backyard.
Post your photographs in the comments below ⬇
Kerbside rubbish and recycling is back to normal next week but will be one day later due to Queen's Birthday on Monday (1 June).