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It is now 11 days (seven working and four weekend) since I posted the letter from Paihia to Perpetual Guardian in Auckland and it has still not arrived. In the meantime a letter posted from the family farm in Kingsland, just outside Leominster in Herefordshire, UK, posted a day later, arrived yesterday. Sigh.

I am advised a letter posted in Paihia to an Auckland address around 1914 took approx 7 days to be be delivered.

Such is ‘progress’. New Zealand, the way you’ve got it.

Written by The Veteran

May 11, 2021 at 8:27 pm

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  1. For what it’s worth, a letter sent to me in Auckland from Taupo 13 days ago has still not arrived…


    May 11, 2021 at 9:17 pm

  2. It is now 11 days (seven working and four weekend) since I posted the letter from Paihia to Perpetual Guardian in Auckland

    On the other hand you could have couriered it. perhaps with track and trace so you could monitor its progress, and it would have arrived the next day


    May 12, 2021 at 6:15 am

  3. Andrei … this was an ordinary letter FFS. Are you seriously suggesting that its come to the point where we need to ‘courier’ ordinary letters. If you are then NZ Post should fold its tent and disappear into the land of failure.

    The Veteran

    May 12, 2021 at 10:25 am

    • Ordinary letters, Veteran, are a thing of the past, like wringing out your washing with a mangle is a memory of as bygone age

      At my place we get two mail; deliveries a week, compared to two a day in my childhood. I rarely get anything, though my kids occaisionally send postcards from places they know would be of interest. They usually take months to arrive. Everything from bank statements to electricity bills being electronic, they both being available in real time on my phone

      Telegrams, a technological marvel in the later part of 19th century, too are a thing of the past as is the penmanship required to produce an epistle in elegant copperplate to the love of your life, courting now as it exists being carried out by instant messaging and texting, or is that “sexting”?

      Children of the future if they go through the correspondance between their grandparents in their courting days will encounter folders of “dick pics” and “fanny snaps” I suppose


      May 12, 2021 at 10:58 am

  4. You can initiate a trace at day 21.


    May 12, 2021 at 10:51 am

    • Day 21?

      Wonderful to know that is now the threshold of failure.

      Tom Hunter

      May 12, 2021 at 11:24 am

    • New Venezuela now in progress

      John Simich

      May 12, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    • Typo here – South Pacific paradise deconstructing to a gulag called NewZuela

      John Simich

      May 12, 2021 at 12:21 pm

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