News Summary: N. Zealand mulls 3-day mail service

New Zealand considers cutting mail delivery to 3 days a week in face of Internet

Associated Press

THREE-DAY DELIVERY: New Zealand's postal service is considering cutting delivery from six days a week to three to cut costs as people increasingly turn to the Internet to pay bills and communicate.

THE BACKGROUND: The island nation of 4.5 million is among many countries struggling to sustain a viable postal service. Mail volumes in New Zealand dropped by 24 percent over the past 10 years and are forecast to drop by another 25 percent in the next five years.

WHAT'S AHEAD: The proposal is now open to public comment and would not likely be implemented before next year.

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