New Zealand Post to move to new delivery hub in Hamilton

New Zealand Post has announced plans to move its Hamilton, New Zealand, postal and courier operations to a purpose-built integrated delivery and distribution hub. The company has signed an agreement with Civil Place Limited to lease a brand new 8,000 sq m building at Te Rapa Gateway. The facility is expected to be operational in the first half of 2016.

New Zealand Post General Manager of Business Performance and Optimisation, Stu Kane, stated that the new hub is a step towards fully modernising the group’s operations in Hamilton and the Waikato. Kane said, “It’s a multi-million dollar commitment to the region that supports the group’s growth strategy and closer integration between mail and parcel delivery. Overall group commitment to the new hub is in the range of $8m to $12m over at least nine years.”

The hub will integrate the group’s postal and courier functions and is designed to cater for increasing demand for parcel services.

Speaking about the facility itself Kane said, “The new building will support innovations that are currently being trialled including the three and four-wheeled eco vehicles that carry letters and parcels. It will accommodate larger trucks; the trucks will only have to deliver to one place, rather than two as they do now; and they will be loaded and unloaded under cover to keep parcels and mail dry.”

The hub will be a base for around 60 posties, 13 rural delivery contractors and 35 couriers. New Zealand Post expects to turn it into a significant hub for its distribution network in the wider Waikato region.

The New Zealand Post functions in Hamilton that will move to the site are: all of Express Couriers Ltd, Hamilton mail processing, Hamilton delivery branch, rural post and some administration functions.

Negotiations are continuing with a potential buyer for the Waikato Mail Service Centre. The existing ECL site is leased until July 2016.