20 Mar 2014

Cost of posting a letter going up

12:04 pm on 20 March 2014

The cost of sending a letter is going up.

New Zealand Post says the standard letter rate sent by standard mail will rise by 10 cents, from 70 cents to 80 cents, from 1 July.

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Large Standard Post letters will rise by 20 cents, from $1.40 to $1.60.

Extra large and oversize letters will be merged as an oversize letter; the new postage required to send them within New Zealand will be $2.40 - 40 cents less than the current oversize letter price.

Changes to the cost of sending parcels include untracked packages, which will increase by between 10 cents and $1 depending on the size and whether it is self-wrapped or in a postage included bag.

Sending overseas, the price of aerogrammes, postcards and medium and large letters to any destination will increase by 10 cents.

The price to send extra large and oversize letters overseas will increase by between 10 cents and 30 cents depending on the destination.

Parcels sent overseas will increase by an average of 4 percent

The price of FastPost and BoxLink will stay the same but the International Economy parcel service will be withdrawn.

New Zealand Post says it is working more efficiently but the increase in postage is also necessary to maintain a national postal service in the face of higher costs, more delivery points and lower mail volumes.