Friday, June 02, 2006

New Zealand Post Codes

The Sydney Morning Hearld of Sydney, Australia reports the use of four-digit post codes in neighboring New Zealand are being promoted once again with the hope that somebody will actually use them.

"Most New Zealanders have been happily sending and receiving mail for more than 150 years without having to remember any pesky numbers," writes reporter Peter Williams.

"Postcodes have existed in New Zealand urban areas for decades, but they have been little used. Post codes have be used in Australia, the US and Britain since the 1960s."

"Britain was the first country to introduce modern postcodes in 1959, although a simpler version based on compass points began in London in 1857. Australia Post brought in its codes in 1967, and by the following year they were being used on 75 per cent of mail."

If you talk to the average person on the street in New Zealand and ask what's their postcode, they wouldn't have a clue,"a New Zealand Post spokesman is quoted as saying.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM