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The Eye 4.7.13
With Mary Witsey.
knife waits on
New Zealand Post appears to be
backtracking on its plans to cut
rural delivery services in South-
Despite recent restructuring
announcements from the postal
company, no changes have been
announced for rural delivery
services and it could be at least
the end of the year before any
final recommendations are made.
New Zealand Post announced last
week that its Dunedin mail
centre, along with satellite
services in places such as
Invercargill, Gore and Oamaru,
will close as part of a plan to keep
its business viable as mail
But no details on rural delivery
services were announced and NZ
Post external relations manager
John Tulloch said nothing would
change until the Government
made a decision on a new deed of
In March, NZ Post proposed to
amend its minimum service
obligations, with a proposed
reduction in delivery days to ''not
less than three per week''.
But Mr Tulloch suggested service
cuts in rural areas had never been
proposed and it was the media
who had got it wrong.
''Our intention was to have an
across the week service, but with
a standard letter frequency of
three days a week.''
And he wanted to reassure people
that NZ Post was keen to work
with rural delivery contractors
and rural communities on poss-
ible future options and solutions.
''When a new deed is announced,
we're looking to work with rural
communities to keep frequencies
at, or around, the same levels for
the years to come.''
The public had been given the
chance to make submissions on
the proposed changes and Mr
Tulloch said responses had come
from Federated Farmers, Rural
Women NZ, local councils and
members of the public.
''The rural network is about more
than just mail and that was
crystalised for us through the
submissions process,'' he said.
''The public submissions have
been very valuable and we now
have to work out what's the best
He said he was a hopeful a
decision from Government on the
deed of understanding this year.
Entries increase at
social science fair
By MARY WITSEY
People project: Southland Social
Science Fair treasurer Lenka Simpson
admiring one of the projects at this
year's fair, which attracted record
entries from across Southland.
Photo: MARY WITSEY
A record number of entries meant
this year's Southland Social
Sciences Fair was bigger and
better than ever before.
Entries this year were almost
double last year's, with a whop-
ping 150 projects received -- 68
more than in 2012.
Students from one end of the
province to the other, including
Stewart Island, had submitted
projects and Social Sciences Fair
treasurer Lenka Simpson, said
she was delighted at the response.
''It just keeps growing in popu-
larity each year and we think it
shows how important schools see
this type of learning.''
In fact the fair had become so big
that it had outgrown its previous
home at the Southland Museum
and Art Gallery, with a shift this
year to the Scottish Hall on Esk
Street for more space.
''It's a wonderful celebration of
Southland and the learning of our
The fair had been running in
Southland for a decade and would
not proceed without the support of
sponsors including the Com-
munity Trust of Southland, ILT,
Southland Times, Southern Trust,
Lion Foundation and the South-
land Genealogy Society, she said.
Limehills Primary School, in
Central Southland, dominated
results in the primary school's
section winning four of the six
prizes on offer.
Top show: Mrs Lovett, played by Central Southland College student Jess Baker, shares a tender moment with
devilish Fleet Street barber Sweeny Todd, played by Doug Barrett, during a rehearsal of the college's performance of
the black comedy, Sweeny Todd. A cast of 45 will take to the stage next week for performances on Wednesday, July
10, and Thursday, July 11, from 7pm, with tickets for the show on sale now at the college office. The show is
produced by Kelly Wilkinson and directed by Genna Cade, with musical director Jolene Kynan-Wilde.
Photo: MARY WITSEY
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