Story: Mail and couriers

Rural delivery mail

The many small farming settlements in New Zealand have relied on the rural delivery service for over a hundred years. This farmer in the Ruapehu district clears the newspapers, letters and parcels in his rural delivery mailbox, in the 1940s.

Listen to rural delivery man Doug Wilson talk about his 100-kilometre daily run around the Taihape back country in 1985.

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How to cite this page:

Tim Shoebridge, 'Mail and couriers - Mail in the 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/23054/rural-delivery-mail (accessed 8 August 2020)

Story by Tim Shoebridge, published 11 Mar 2010