A public meeting to oppose the closure of Kiwibank and the downgrading of PostShop has been jointly organized by Nelson Greypower, the Nelson City Council and Nelson MP Nick Smith for Friday at 10.30am at the Stoke Methodist Hall.
“I’m astounded by the decision by Kiwibank and NZ Post to close and downgrade their services in Stoke. It’s Nelson’s fastest growing suburb and over the next 30 years is projected to home three quarters of Nelson’s population growth and half its new housing. Their failure to engage with Council and the public is concerning, to say the least, and we’ve asked representatives from these publicly owned companies to give the community a chance to share their views,” says Mayor Rachel Reese.
“Greypower’s concern is the negative impact on the 4,500 older residents who live in Stoke. Kiwibank is making a marketing blunder in just copying the other commercial banks rather than recognising the opportunity to provide customer friendly banking for older kiwis who want face to face services,” says Greypower President Christine Tuffnell.
“My job is to hold the Government to account for its promises. This Stoke closure contradicts the Labour/NZ First Coalition agreement that commits to expanding public services in regional New Zealand. It is hypocritical of Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones to have decried other bank branch closures when he is the Associate Minister of State Owned Enterprises that owns NZ Post and Kiwibank. Mr. Jones’ public comments indicate he is unhappy with the decision to close in Stoke Kiwibank and PostShopwith a strong community campaign he could use his powers to have the decision reconsidered,” Dr. Smith says.
“We call on as many people as possible to join this campaign and to save the Stoke branch of Kiwibank and PostShop. These State Owned businesses need to get to the message that they exist to serve the community that owns them,” concluded Mayor Reese, President Christine, and MP Nick Smith.